[Blu-Ray Review] The Unique & Funny Horror Gem ‘Motel Hell’ Comes Home In HD; Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Now Available From Scream Factory


Motel Hell (Collector’s Edition) [Blu-Ray]

Director: Kevin Connor

Cast: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons

Release Date: Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray/ DVD Combo Pack Now Available

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 10/10

Plot Summary:

You really are what you eat with Farmer Vincent’s smoked meat in this creepy horror yarn that “packs a punch that goes way beyond mere terror” (Boxoffice). Vincent’s popular products contain a special ingredient that the psychotic farmer and his sister would literally kill to keep a secret! Starring Rory Calhoun (Angel), Nancy Parsons (Porky’s), Nina Axelrod (Time Walker, Cobra) and John Ratzenberger (Cheers), and directed by Kevin Connor (From Beyond The Grave, At The Earth’s Core), this darkly funny flick “just might be your cup of meat” (L.A. Herald Examiner)!


With ‘Motel Hell’ we are introduced to the story of Vincent and his sister Ida, together they run a local motel as well as the famous ‘Farmer Vincent’s’ Meat products. The secret to their mouthwatering meat is the fact that they use human meat along with the pork, in fact going so far as to harvest humans in a garden to grow them to their tastiest potential. Playing the always friendly brother and sister they have always had no trouble getting away with their little secret, especially since their younger brother also happens to be the law in the town. After setting traps for more “ingredients” a woman survives and Vincent decides to keep her alive, deeming it God’s will. But her staying with them, as well as his brother’s interest in her may just lead to questions that shouldn’t be asked, or answered.


‘Motel Hell’ is a horror film that I wasn’t aware of until recently and it was quite a treat having the pleasure of seeing this gem of a film for the first time in absolutely stunning video and audio quality as Scream Factory delivers yet another fantastic Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release you will not want to miss out on. Fans of the film will be in awe at the impressive quality as well as the heaping amount of bonus content included on the release (see more detailed info regarding this in the technical specifications section of the review below) and will want to make sure to pick up a copy of the Blu-Ray to add to their collection. For those (such as myself) who haven’t had the pleasure of this unique, fun, bloody and funny gem of a horror film from 1980 before, I highly suggest checking it out, I don’t think most horror fans will be disappointed in the slightest.



The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release of ‘Motel Hell’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video quality looks outstanding and far better than you would have ever imagined possible for a film like this. It’s impressively detailed, colors, movement and every other aspect of the picture looks top notch from start to end with no noticeable faults to be found within on my end. This is one very impressive high definition video presentation that I’m pretty certain should leave the fans more than satisfied.


The Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray release features a lossless 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo soundtrack which sounds absolutely perfect for what it is. There was never a moment that was unclear or distorted and in fact this stereo soundtrack sounds far superior than a number of releases from Scream Factory which themselves were still quite impressive. The music and background elements sound fantastic and all of the dialogue is discrete and sounds surprisingly clean all the way through. This DTS-HD MA stereo soundtrack definitely gets full marks and should unquestionably please the masses.


As is always the case with Scream Factory’s phenomenal Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray releases, ‘Motel Hell’ includes an impressive collection of fantastic bonus content. Included on the release is a new audio commentary track with director Kevin Connor, moderated by Dave parker, a new featurette titled ‘It Takes All Kinds: The Making of Motel Hell’ which includes an in depth look at what went into the film and making it unique, as well as how it holds up today and features interviews with the writers, director and more. There is another featurette included titled ‘Ida, Be Thy Name’ which explores the iconic character of Ida from a number of female perspectives. We are also treated to the Theatrical trailer, two galleries from the film and a fair amount more. As you can clearly see, Scream Factory once again delivers all the goods on this wonderful Blu-Ray release.


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Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 10/10

‘Motel hell: Collector’s Edition’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack, from Scream Factory. You can purchase it directly from Shout Factory by clicking here!

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