Here’s some great news for fans of darkly comedic horror: Scream Factory has just announced the full specs for their special edition blu-ray/DVD release of Motel Hell. This cult favorite uses a Texas Chainsaw Massacre-style setup and uses it as a springboard for a mixture of satirical humor and shocks. Scream Factory’s set will include a variety of extras old and new and will be released in August. Read on for all the comedic cannibal details, including a full breakdown of the special features…
SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS
A Twisted Horror Comedy from Celebrated British Filmmaker Kevin Connor
Finally Arrives on Blu-ray™!
Starring Rory Calhoun, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod, Paul Linke and Wolfman Jack
COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY+DVD COMBO PACK
HITS HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES ON AUGUST 12, 2014
People come from far and wide to sample Farmer Vincent’s distinctively flavored dried, smoked sausages, but one might well ask why there are so few people staying at the nearby kitschy Motel Hello. Also, have you ever wondered about the secret ingredients that make his meats taste so darn good? The ‘80s cult classic horror-comedy film MOTEL HELL, directed by Kevin Connor (At The Earth’s Core, The House Where Evil Dwells) takes on a frighteningly funny look into the different kinds of critters that make up Farmer Vincent’s fritters with plenty of surprises. On August 12, 2014, Shout! Factory is bringing MOTEL HELL Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+ DVD combo pack to home entertainment shelves in the U.S and Canada. Packed with insightful bonus content and all-new interviews, this definitive collector’s edition also contains a collectible cover, featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art. A must-have for collectors and horror enthusiasts, MOTEL HELL Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combo packed is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.
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A film by Kevin Connor, this crazy chiller stars Rory Calhoun (Angel), Paul Linke (CHiPS), Nancy Parsons (Porky’s), Nina Axelrod (Cobra), and legendary DJ Wolfman Jack. While many of its contemporaries were literally trying to scare the wits out of people, MOTEL HELL balanced horror with humor, making audiences cringe and laugh at its lurid tale. A modest success upon its theatrical release, video rentals and cable showings have kept it alive and solidified its slasher status. Its creepy chainsaw battle still excites today.
Farmer Vincent Smith (Rory Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) run the respectable Motel Hello where they also produce and sell popular meat products. But the wonderful flavor that makes up Vincent’s locally legendary smoked meats has a special ingredient. Their secret garden is filled with “animals” that they ambush, capture, and raise buried in the earth. But when the seemingly kindly couple, who gleefully dispatch their victims with aplomb, take in and care for a young woman (Nina Axelrod) who survived a motorcycle accident, she creates a rivalry between Vincent and his unsuspecting, slow-witted sheriff brother (Paul Linke) for her affection. Will the sibling squabble unravel Vincent and Ida’s undercover enterprise?
Starring RORY CALHOUN, PAUL LINKE , NANCY PARSONS, NINA AXELROD and WOLFMAN JACK
Produced by STEVEN-CHARLES JAFFE and ROBERT JAFFE
Executive Producer HERB JAFFE
Written by ROBERT JAFFE and STEVEN-CHARLES JAFFE
Directed by KEVIN CONNOR
Music by LANCE RUBIN
MOTEL HELL Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+ DVD combo pack
NEW Audio Commentary with director Kevin Connor, moderated by filmmaker Dave Parker
NEW 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
NEW 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
Ida, Be Thy Name: A look back at MOTEL HELL’s frightful female protagonist Ida Smith
BLU-RAYtm: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/ DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo
DVD: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)/ /Dolby Digital Stereo
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