Motel Hell

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Originally posted on http://horrorhothousereview.wordpress.com/

Motel Hell
Starring- Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod,
Director- Kevin Connor
Made- 1980
Tagline- You might just die….laughing
Fave quotes- “Meats meat and a man’s gotta eat.”
“There are too many people in the world and not enough food. Now this takes care of both problems at the same time.”

Who doesn’t love the 80s? Whether its horror movies, fashion or music, it just seems like the most fun (cheesy?) decade. I sometimes think I was born too late in the 80’s and would have preferred to live out this decade in its entirety. Alas, I have to make do with constantly visiting this time period and enjoying the shit out of it.

This brings us to the latest review, Motel Hell. This little gem found its way to my hands a few years ago when I picked up a 80s horror box set. This included Killer Klowns from outer space, Crawl space, Monkey Shines, Brain Damage, Full Moon High and more. Ten bucks? BARGAIN!
I just want to get this out of the way first. I love this movie! On average, this gets put on probably every 2 months. To me, this just encapsulates everything a 80s horror movie should be, funny, violent, twisted, corny and weird.

Motel Hell tells the story of farmer Vincent, a kindly old gentleman who runs an old motel and makes some of the best road side food around. What makes farmer Vincent’s meats so delicious? Well a nice old mix of sauces, spices, gravy and human. Whaa?

Farmer Vincent and his sister, Ida, kidnap unsuspecting guests and smoke em, grind em, mince em and eat em. After all, “it takes all kinds of critters to make farmer Vincent’s fritters.” That’s pretty much all you need to know going into Motel Hell. The rest is just a delightfully funny movie that will keep you watching until the end.

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Redd Inc

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Redd Inc
Starring:
Nicholas Hope, Kelly Paterniti, Sam Reid, James Mackay, Daniel Krige
Director:
Daniel Krige
Writers:
Jonathon Green,Anthony O’connor
Tagline:
You have been warned.
Heads will roll.

More often than not when getting ready to watch new horror movies, I have found myself going into them with low expectations. It’s not something I mean to do but with the ratio of good to bad horror over the last few years, I would say it is no surprise. I will say this though, going into a movie you know nothing about with very low expectations, can sometimes mean you end up having a blast and being pleasantly surprised. As was the case with this little gem. With that said, enough of the bullshit small talk, lets get into this movie.

Thomas Reddmann(Nicholas Hope) was found guilty of being the “Headhunter”, a vicious serial killer taking out the high ups and corporate scum in violent, bloody ways and sent to jail. After a creative breakout, by being declared dead, Reddmann sets out to clear his name of the crime he was imprisoned for. Luckily for him, he has a dedicated team working around the clock to find the real killer, actually they are those who he feels are responsible for finding him guilty, leading to his incarceration. Chained to a desk, they must clear his name while trying not to become a victim.

Now, I had read the plot on the back of the case and watched the trailers and when the movie started it threw me for a loop. Starting out how i thought it would end was a nice way to get things going. The first five minutes waas bloody and fun. It gave off a look and feel of a comic book, which I loved. I was going to let this play in the background while I did some work but that was soon discarded for later as now I was curious and waiting for what was to come. I mean, he has gone to jail already now what is this movie about?

As I have said in previous posts, I dont like going too much into these movies as I feel it’s better to go into movies not knowing as much and I think other people should too. (Not telling you what to do or anything, but DO IT!!)

The lead girl, along with the rest of the cast are refreshing and somewhat original. I was glad to see that the trapped people were not made up of , wait lets list them off here: a dumb jock, a dumb bimbo, a dumb nerd, a dumb black guy and a dumb stoner. The way they interact and explore their current situation, is interesting to watch unfold and see how they handle each problem.

The film is gory and brutal and creative in its kills and when you have Mr TOM FUCKING SAVINI doing the fx, it puts you front and centre for a bloody good time. Think Saw 1, with the premise and the violence but this is actually good. Looking back at the original saw, even though it is not that old, it already looks dated. This movie i feel will not have that problem.

Now, do not get the wrong idea and count this movie out with this next sentence but this movie also has a good dose of humour. Wait come back, don’t leave, I am not a big horror comedy fan either so sit down shut up and listen. I have heard this labelled as a horror comedy but I will disagree.Sorry writers/directors if that was your intention BUT it is better this way. The comedy that is in the movie is subtle and does not intefere at all when the violence and gore is on screen. There is nothing worse than having a violent dark scene ruined by a lame joke which cheapens the movie. Here I feel they found the perfect blend and it mixes well.

Nicholas Hope who plays Reddmann, does an exceptional job as the man who needs his name cleared by any means necessary. He is scary, funny and a madman but at times I couldn’t help rooting for him as if he was the protagonist. Weird I know.

What would a movie be without a good twist, I will admit i seen half of it coming but the way that it played out was surprising and well done and left me satisfied. They didn’t overplay it, they didn’t make it unbelievable, it was hmmmmm fitting.

Alrighty, that will do for me I think I have done enough to convince you to check this movie out and support local horror(Filmed in Australia) and ALL horror for that matter. For as long as movies like this are being watched, they will keep getting made and honestly it is alot better then these big budget shit fests that keep getting shoved down our throats. Go seek out this movie and enjoy it.
CHEERS!!!

Rating: 8 out of 10

Hit me up on twitter @joshmarhoff and let me hear your thoughts. Good or bad i can take it. 🙂

The Woman

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The Woman (2011)

Director- Lucky Mckee

Starring- Pollyanna McIntoshSean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley CarterShyla Molhusen, Shyla Molhusen

Tagline- “Not every monster lives in the wild.”

Going into my first viewing of “The woman” I knew very little about the film. I think with a film like this, that is the best way. I just want to say that i had never even heard of Lucky Mckee before this film and now I will be certain to seek out other films by him.

Chris Cleek is a succesful country lawyer, he has a nice family, a nice house and from the outside things look perfect. But things are not so rosey, not for his family at least. While hunting, the father comes across a “feral woman” living in the wild and decides that the next logical step is to capture her, take her back to the barn and “civilize” her. That was his first and biggest mistake.

I do not want to go into the story and what unfolds too much more as just watching this film unfold with no expectations is one of the most unsettling and amazing movie viewing experiences i have had in recent times. The one thing that a film like this needs is mood and atmosphere. This movie takes both these tools and absolutely fucking nails it! The bleak atmosphere is ever present throughout the whole film. Perfect example, my girlfriend walks into the room where i am watching “The woman” stays 5 minutes and has to leave as it got to her that quick. She said she could feel the mood and knew it will be a movie with no happy ending and no light at the end of the tunnel. How right she was.

Although the violence and gore does not come along until about the last 20-25 minutes, you do not drift or start to get bored at all. The low budget seems to work to the films advantage and makes it that much more effective.(I hate fucking polished movies- MICHAEL BAY lookin at ya) Once you do get to the end where the tables start to turn, it becomes a revenge flick in the same vein as “I spit on your grave” and “The last house on the left” and when this revenge comes, you can’t help but fucking revel in the fact. The attacks are brutal, gory and disturbing.

The actors in the film are also superb and play the parts to a tee. You can not help but feel so much hate for some characters and so much sympathy for others. I believe that if there are characters that affect you,whether make your blood boil or make you want to jump in the screen and just fucking help them, they must be doing something right and here Lucky got the best out of his relatively unknown cast.

I wish this film got a lot more attention as i feel that it is one of the rare gems that is keeping the horror genre alive. I know that it is rather popular but not what it should be. I could ask 20 people that love horror and only maybe 5 have seen it.

This film is a little weird, a little bizarre, and very different, but it is oh so original and that is so hard to find these days in the deep shit coloured swamp that is modern horror. So well done Lucky Mckee, the cast and everyone involved in this little movie as it has restored my faith that one day i will watch just many modern movies as i do old classics.

8 out of 10