Motel Hell is a gruesome but somewhat tongue-in-cheek bit of rural schlock along the lines of 1974’s Deranged, although slicker and less effective. Former Western star Rory Calhoun plays Farmer Vincent, a country hotel keeper (free samples of jerky at the front desk) whose line of smoked meats turns his customers into unwitting cannibals. The movie’s got some genuinely creeped-out ideas (a backyard garden of victims, buried up to their necks?), but the execution is pedestrian and the humor pretty square. Onetime cultural icon Wolfman Jack has a few scenes as a TV preacher, for no apparent reason. —Robert Horton
About Motel Hell (1995)
Starring: Marc Macaulay, Salma Hayek, Jenette Goldstein, Dan Hedaya, Christopher McDonald, Steven Berkoff, Antoni Corone, Don Yesso, Miguel Sandoval, Frank Medrano, John Bedford Lloyd, Sonny Carl Davis, William Baldwin, Paul Dillon, Pamela Berrard, Mark Wheatle, Bubba Baker, Scott Michael Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Ruben Rabasa, Johann Carlo, James R. Greene, Olek Krupa, Orlando Delbert, Gustav Vintas, Christian Bodegaard, Gary Francis Hope, Hank Stone, Ski Zawaski, Nancy Ann Nahra
Director: Andrew Sipes
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