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[[caption-width-right:350:''It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters.'']]

->''"Meat's meat and man's gotta eat!"''
-->-- '''Farmer Vincent'''

''Motel Hell'' is a horror comedy film from the year 1980. It was directed by Kevin Connor and stars Rory Calhoun (''Film/NightOfTheLepus''), Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod and Paul Linke. [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Ratzenberger]] also appears in a bit part.

The film centers around Motel Hello, which is run by sister and brother duo Vincent and Ida Smith. They have been killing people and turning them into meat pastries to lure in customers, which has been working fine for over three decades. The man-to-food process works thusly: They bury their victims neck-deep into a hidden field, where they are forcefed for a while until they are dug back up and are taken to the Smiths slaughterhouse.

One day, Vincent causes a passing pair riding a motorcycle to crash. As he is taking them back to his farm, he takes a liking to Terry, female passenger of the duo. He fabricates a story that she and Bo, the rider, had an accident and he had to bury the deceased Bo (half of that statement is true) to the graveyard. Having no place to go, Terry decides stay in the farm as she is also starting to fall for her "rescuer". Vincent's little brother, Sheriff Bruce Smith, also falls in love with Terry, thus complicating the matters as the truth about the motel is coming closer and closer to the light.

A remake for the film is in DevelopmentHell, with Arthur C. Miller (''Automaton Transfusion'') currently attached to do the directing.
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!!This film has the examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Vincent and Ida are surprisingly a very likable pair.
* AlasPoorVillain: Humorously [[spoiler: subverted with Vincent's last words where he looks like he is going to make a confession about his crimes and it turns out that he was speaking about using preservatives in his meat.]]
* AmericanGothicCouple: Ida and Vincent are depicted like this in [[http://screenfish.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/motel-hell-poster.jpg the original poster]].
* BearTrap: Vinent causes the van carrying the rock band Ivan and the Terribles to crash by strategically placing couple of bear traps on the road.
* BestialityIsDepraved: While excitedly waiting for Vincent and Ida to join their evening of sexual debauchery, Debbie and Guy wonder if the two are into animals.
* BuriedAlive: [[spoiler:Smiths' "crops" manage to escape take their vengeance on Ida by ganging up on her, and burying her face down in the "secret garden" they used to be held in]].
* ChainsawGood: The climax of the film has Bruce arriving to rescue Terry from his brother's smokery, only for Vincent to attack him with a chainsaw, forcing him to grab one of his own to defend himself.
* ConveyorBeltODoom: Terry is tied to a conveyor belt in the climax, and is close being killed by a buzzsaw.
* CoolMask: The pig mask that Ida wears to scare away two snooping girls from the smokery. It later reappears worn by Vincent when he engages his kid brother in a chainsaw duel.
* CoveredInMud: After receiving a call for help from a woman being chased by Vincent on his CB, Sheriff Bruce Smith tries hurry to save her, only for his car to get stuck in a muddy pit. With Terry's help, he manages to free the vehicle from it, with the cost of falling into the mud face-first, and being unable to find the woman he's supposed to help.
* DepravedBisexual: Guy and Debbie, who attend the motel to engage in some kinky stuff with the Smiths. They end up being captured and buried in the Smiths' secret garden.
* EvilLaugh: During the chainsaw duel against his brother, Vincent starts laughing with an evil glee.
* EverythingsMessierWithPigs: Vincent has pig farm alongside with his motel.
* ForceFeeding: Smiths' victims are forcefed to make them fatter for smoking.
* GenderBlenderName: Terry, the girl that Vincent falls in love with, along with his younger brother.
* GirlishPigtails: Ida has them.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Smith siblings' "crops" manage to escape and bury Ida headfirst on their field]].
* ImAHumanitarian: Vincent has been making his special meat and has been feeding it to local populace for over 30 years.
* InstantSedation: Vincent's sleeping gas and the drink that Ida serves to Terry at one point have this effect.
* LoveTriangle: Vincent falls in love with Terry, as does his younger brother.
* MakeOutPoint: Bruce takes Terry to a popular one, where he puts the sirens on so that the two can watch a movie at a local DriveInTheater for free with binoculars.
* MayDecemberRomance: Between Terry and Vincent.
* NeckSnap: An eloborate one on multiple targets. Since Vincent doesn't want to kill his buried "animals" cruelly, he uses special equipment to hypnotize them while placing nooses around their necks, and when the time is right, he revs up the tractor that the nooses are connected to, and drives forward to break multiple necks at once.
* NoTellMotel: Vincent poses his motel as such to ensnare the sexually deviant couple Guy and Debbie.
* RescueRomance: Terry starts falling in love with Vincent after he "rescues" her from motorcycle crash and its later blooms fully afther he again "saves" her from drowning that his sister Ida orchestrated.
* RhymesOnADime: Both "meat's meat and man's gotta eat" and "it takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters" lines, both of which were also used as marketing {{tagline}}s for the film.
* TheSecretOfLongPorkPies: Farmer Vincent makes delicious smoked meat. Out of people.
-->'''Vincent:''' There's too many people in the world and not enough food. Now this takes care of both problems at the same time.
* TheSheriff: Bruce, Vincent's kid-brother.
* ShootOutTheLock: Bruce shoots the lock to his brother Vincent's smokery to enter inside to rescue Terry.
* ShovelStrike: After Bob the health inspector discovers the Smiths' secret garden, he is knocked out by Vincent with a shovel.
* SiblingRivalry: Vincent and Bruce start feuding when they both fall in love with Terry.
* SignsOfDisrepair: Forms the [[TitleDrop film's title]], as the "o" in "Motel Hello" keeps flickering.
* SkewedPriorities: Vincent killed people and processed them into food. [[spoiler:Upon his death, he is mostly conserned about how he lied about using preservatives on his meat products]].
* TheSpeechless: Smiths' victims, who can only make out unintelligible gurgling due to Ida's surgery on them to remove their vocal cords.
* SpitefulSpit: Upon being confronted by the truth about Vincent's meat products, Terry spits on him when told to look at him.
* StillSucksThumb: Before going out hunting in the opening, Vincent checks on his sister Ida, who is shown sucking her thumb while sleeping.
* SuperWindowJump: Bo, Terry's boyfriend who just has managed to free himself and others from Smiths' secret garden enters the smokery to rescue her by crashing through a window.
* TheresNoBInMovie: Terry and Bruce go to watch ''Film/TheMonsterThatChallengedTheWorld'', which is playing at the drive-in.
* WhipItGood: Debbie is shown playing with a whip in her and Guy's motel room while waiting for the Smiths to show up.

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