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Release Date:
24 October 1980 (USA) See more »
You might just die...laughing! See more »
A seemingly friendly farmer and his sister kidnap unsuspecting travelers and bury them alive, using them to create the "special meat" they are famous for. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Kevin Connor 
Writing credits
Robert Jaffe (written by) and
Steven-Charles Jaffe (written by)

Frank Cotolo  uncredited
Tim Tuchrello  uncredited

Produced by
Herb Jaffe .... executive producer
Robert Jaffe .... producer
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... producer
Austen Jewell .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lance Rubin 
Cinematography by
Thomas Del Ruth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
Casting by
Stanzi Stokes 
Art Direction by
Joseph M. Altadonna 
Set Decoration by
W. Joe Kroesser  (as Joe Kroesser)
Makeup Department
Patricia Burck .... hair stylist
Marie Carter .... makeup artist
Production Management
Austen Jewell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Allen .... second assistant director
Jack Barry .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Art Dudley .... construction coordinator
George Hamilton .... assistant property master
Bill Hudson .... property master
Mel Johnson .... leadman
Carl Ramsey .... poster artist
Bob Skemp .... greensman
William James Teegarden .... set designer (as Jim Teegarden)
Steven Curtis Husch .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Chris Carpenter .... re-recording mixer
Pat Egan .... re-recording mixer
Joseph Holsen .... dialogue editor
Craig Huxley .... special sound effects (as Craig Hundley)
Jerry Jost .... production sound mixer
William Manooch .... cable person (as Bill Manooch)
Joe Melody .... sound effects editor (as Joseph Melody)
Malcolm Rennings .... boom operator (as Mel Rennings)
Jay Wertz .... supervising sound editor
Martha Burns Holsen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound loader (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Adams Calvert .... special effects (as Adams R. Calvert)
Richard E. Butler .... stuntman (as Richard Butler)
Bill Catching .... stuntman
Laurie Creach .... stuntwoman
Vicki Creach .... stuntwoman
Gene Hartline .... stunt coordinator
Gene Hartline .... stuntman
Leslie Hoffman .... stuntwoman
Larry Holt .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stuntman
Gary Jensen .... stuntman (as Gary Jenson)
John Moio .... stuntman
Sharon Schaffer .... stuntwoman
John Sistrunk .... stuntman
Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Buck .... gaffer
Bob Coburn .... still photographer
Buzz Feitshans IV .... second assistant camera (as Fred Feitshans IV)
Cary Griffith .... key grip
Henry M. Lebo .... first assistant camera (as Henry Lebo)
Bradford May .... camera operator (as Brad May)
Greg Guillo .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Stephen V. Isbell .... grip (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (uncredited)
Don Nesmith .... best boy (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... b camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Victor J. Kubitschek .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Hudson .... costumer: women
Bernie Pollack .... costumer: men (as Bernard A. Pollack)
Editorial Department
Cheryl Ross .... apprentice editor
Julian Semilian .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
George Doering .... musician
Mark Graham .... music copyist
Jerry MacDonald .... music editor
Lance Rubin .... conductor
Steve Schaeffer .... musician: percussion
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Dan Wallin .... music recording mixer
Transportation Department
Jay Coffman .... transportation co-captain
Jack Lloyd .... transportation captain
Other crew
Benita Allen .... production assistant
Oga Danylo .... secretary to executive producer
Jan Dennehy .... production auditor (as Janice Elan)
Debra Leventhal .... assistant to producers
John Moy .... craft service
Lillian Neidenberg .... paymaster
Bonne Radford .... post-production auditor
Lina Shanklin .... script supervisor (as Linda Shanklin)
Cassandra Wilson .... production coordinator
Earl Wingard .... unit publicist
Richard Berres .... special thanks
Christopher Outwater .... special thanks (as Chris Outwater)
Colorado Pridham .... special thanks
Frank Vacek .... special thanks
Vera Vacek .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Granja macabra" - Argentina, Mexico
"Hotel zur Hölle" - Austria, West Germany
"Μοτέλ «Η κόλαση»" - Greece
"Адский мотель" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Мотел Ад" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"El motel del infierno" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Helvetes motellet" - Sweden
"Hotel Hell" - Denmark (video title)
"Inferno no Hotel" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Motel 'I Kolasi'" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Motel Diabólico" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Nuits de cauchemar" - France
"Piekielny motel" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Pokol fogadó" - Hungary (video box title)
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101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:16 | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R18 (theatrical rating) | New Zealand:R16 (home video version) (1988) | South Korea:18 (2017) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (home video version) (1986) | USA:R (Approved No. 26113) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

A distinctive and famous production still from the film, an image of a bloodied pig-headed character with a chainsaw, made the cover of "Fangoria" magazine.See more »
Continuity: During the fight between the Sheriff and Vincent, the Sheriff's shirt switches between being badly cut up to relatively good condition.See more »
[last lines]
Sheriff Bruce Smith:I was brought up here, you know. Now, I'm kind of glad I ran away from home when I was 11. I guess there's gonna be some kind of investigation.
Terry:Why don't you just burn the place?
Sheriff Bruce Smith:Burn it? You mean arson?
Terry:I don't know. That's what I'd do. It's an evil motel.
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Movie Connections:
You're Eating Out My Heart and SoulSee more »


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
You might just die laughing!, 25 September 2005
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

Funny, deliciously campy black comedy-horror spoof is a bit of a forgotten gem.

Just what kind of meat is it that Farmer Vincent and his sister are cookin' up out there at their rural motel? My, it just tastes so good!

Motel Hell stands out as one of the best horror comedy combos out there. The whole movie has such a tongue-in-cheek manner, with moments of purely hilarious absurdity. It has a kind of DC Comics dark humor that really works to the film's advantage. There's plenty of memorable moments and jokes, not to mention a lively climax that's probably the greatest (and most humorous) spoof of Texas Chainsaw' ever! Yet director Connor manages to give the movie a strange seriousness that only adds to the comic feeling of it all.

The cast is pretty good. Rory Calhoun is best as the unforgettable Farmer Vincent (who has a secret!). Nancy Parsons is a trip as Vincent's portly sister Ida. Paul Linke is perfect as the bumbling younger brother of the two who is also the local sheriff.

There's a few moments of violence and gore, especially in "the garden" scenes. Lance Rubin offers up a surprisingly elegant music score for the movie. Also, let's not forget the memorable country theme song "You're Eating out my Heart and Soul".

For those who have yet to see this movie, watch it. It's best taken in a non-serious mood!

*** 1/2 out of ****

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