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'Motel Hell' Blu-ray Review

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'Motel Hell'


Horror is by it's very nature fun. Laughter often emerges out of make believe fear. That's just natural.
The dark comedy is the direct result of this phenomenon. Films like 'Little Shop of Horrors', 'A Bucket of Blood', 'Theatre of Blood', 'Fright Night', and many, many more combine gruesome motifs with tongue in cheek foolishness to make one crazy time at the movies. 1980's own 'Motel Hell' may be at the top of that list.

Everyone knows the tale, Farmer Vincent (Rory Calhoun) lives the quiet farming life. Beautiful land, happy livestock, a quaint roadside motel, and a profitable cured meat business. His sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) loves the Lord, and their brother Sheriff Bruce (Paul Linke) seems a good old boy at heart. Together they work the land and cultivate a very secret garden indeed. With the use of a booby trap or two Vincent cultivates only the finest meat the highway has to offer. Planting his victims up to their necks, vocal cords cut, he feeds and primes his human specimens until they are choice enough to become delectable jerky for the ages. Like The Sawyers before them the saw is family only this time it's the band saw.

This Drive-in classic is being lovingly brought to you by Scream Factory in a Blu-ray Collectors Edition. The package offers a new Audio Commentary with director Kevin Connor and moderated by filmmaker Dave Parker, 'It Takes All Kinds: The Making of MOTEL HELL' featuring interviews with director Kevin Connor, producers/writers Robert Jaffe and Steven Charles Jaffe and actor Marc Silver, 'Shooting Old School' with cinematographer Thomas Del Ruth, 'Another Head on the Chopping Block: An interview with actor Paul Linke', 'From Glamour to Gore: An interview with actress Rosanne Katon', and 'Ida, Be Thy Name': A look back at MOTEL HELL's frightful female protagonist Ida Smith. There are also the usual Theatrical Trailer and Photo Galleries. The picture and sound quality satisfies making this a must have for any horror collector.

In life it's always a good idea to look back and fondly remember. Why not start off that trip down memory lane by checking into the 'Motel Hell'. They'll do much more than leave the light on for ya!