The 1980 film Motel Hell is a comedy and horror film. A satire of modern horror films, the movie was directed by Kevin Connor and stars Rory Calhoun, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod, Wolfman Jack (as Reverend Billy).
Fun fact, Motel Hell also stars John Ratzenberger (a complete unknown commodity at the time) in a small, yet memorable role. A mere two years later in 1982 Ratzenberger would be plucked out of obscurity and cast as the lovable know-it-all Cliff Clavin on the icon television series Cheers.
Motel Hell (1980) Plot Summary
The movie revolves around a hotel owner who kidnaps travelers to turn them into sausages. The owner/farmer, Vincent (played by Rory Calhoun) is famous for his sausages. He forces travelers to stop by puncturing their tires, and then keeps them half-buried in the ground until he harvests them.
His sister, Ida (played by Nancy Parsons) helps him. His brother, Sheriff Bruce, is clueless about it all. When Ida jealously tries to kill a woman traveler who has taken a fancy to Vincent, Sheriff Bruce rescues her. Attempting to escape, the movie escalates into a chainsaw and shotgun-laden final battle between good and evil.
When I was in high school I would actually sign up for junk mail. It didn’t matter what it was: newspapers, magazines, anything. I’d get at least three free newspapers every day that I would never read. I’d just collect them and store them in boxes. I loved getting junk mail. It made me feel…important.
And then a couple of years later I discovered aromatherapy and things got better for me.