Motel Hell (1980) (Blu-ray + DVD)

Motel Hell (1980) (Blu-ray + DVD)

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"It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters!" cackle the brother-and-sister team behind the finest smoked meats in the county. They also run the friendly Motel Hello (the 'o' in the neon sign sometimes goes on the blink), and no matter how many times you've seen Psycho or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, you can be sure that everything will be perfectly above board here as Vincent's brother Bruce is the local sheriff.

Western veteran Rory Calhoun gives a lipsmackingly demented performance as Farmer Vincent, whose twinkling bonhomie conceals a deeply depraved secret.

Directed by Kevin Connor (maker of much-loved British genre classics The Land That Time Forgot and Warlords of Atlantis) and with legendary DJ Wolfman Jack as a fire-and-brimstone TV preacher, this is a gleefully twisted horror-comedy that climaxes with a showstopping chainsaw duel.

Special Features

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film
  • Audio commentary with director Kevin Connor moderated by Calum Waddell
  • Another Head on the Chopping Block: Interview with star Paul Linke
  • From Glamour to Gore: Interview with co-star, and former Playboy Playmate, Rosanne Katon
  • Ida, Be Thy Name: A look back at Motel Hell's frightful female protagonist Ida Smith - and the secrets of creating a convincing slasher siren, with Scream Queens Elissa Dowling and Chantelle Albers, genre commentator Staci Layne Wilson and critic Shelagh Rowan-Legg
  • Back to the Backwoods: Director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red) speaks about the importance of Motel Hell
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jeff Zornow
  • Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Newman, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Details

  • Format: Blu-ray / DVD, PAL, Colour
  • Year: 1980
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: B / 2
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Classification: 18
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • More info: External

Review

Surely Arrow have again created the definitive package for an early 80's horror effort. I can't imagine anyone eclipsing this Blu-ray - and it's an extravagant advancement over the MGM DVD. Bravo! - 5/5