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Mountaintop Motel Massacre

BEWARE THE BITE OF THE PLASTIC, FUCKING SNAKE!

If chopping the heads off of little tiny baby rabbits is your idea of a good time, then I suggest you stay the fucking night at Mountaintop Motel Massacre.  Mommy is sick again, Horror Hounds, and Vinegar Syndrome has her cure! 

"delivers quite a knockout blow.  There’s a lot of great practical effects, lots of tasty scenes of murder, and a plot that is just this side of crazy"


Violent and atmospheric, this independent horror feature – scooped up and eventually distributed by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures in 1986 – now summons you thanks to this release; it’s blu-ray debut from the Gore Gurus over at Vinegar Syndrome.  This is quick-moving slasher that sneaks right up on you and, when you least expect it, can give you shakes and fits of sheer terror thanks to a wicked performance from its leading (but batshit crazy) lady.

Starring Anna Chappell (Man in the Moon) and Bill Turman (In the Year 2889 and It's Alive!), this slasher was written, directed, and produced by The Aurora Encounter’s Jim McCullough Sr. and, as it was filmed in Shreveport, Louisiana, features a lot of backwoods location and attitudes, giving an extra creepy vibe as one mother goes on a crazy killing spree that involves rats, snakes, cockroaches.  And still she wields a sickle, slicing and dicing her way through a series of underground tunnels beneath the motel that she once rented out.

Of course, that was before the breakdown but – as the film opens with a gruesome murder thanks to a child who won’t listen to her mother’s wise words about not practicing witchcraft – now that Evelyn is back to doing what she does best – killing everything in sight – the pieces of the puzzle (meaning guests at the Mountaintop Motel) assemble themselves quit nicely.  Of course, Evelyn is going to go back to doing what she enjoys best.  Now that she is without child (thanks to a little slash and dash murder), she can do whatever she wants.

From a newlywed couple to some friends hoping to break into the music business, Evelyn shows no mercy.  Everyone deserves the sharpest of her blades and, in that, she definitely delivers a night of terror and bloodshed.  But first she teases her guests.  And then, thanks to a hefty amount of gore and bloodshed, she comes at them with the sickle and makes memories happen on this rainy night.  While much of Mountaintop Motel Massacre rips off Psycho, the countless wet shirts on women wearing no bras is certainly appreciated. Mountaintop Motel Massacre

In all seriousness, though, this horror film delivers quite a knockout blow.  There’s a lot of great practical effects, lots of tasty scenes of murder, and a plot that is just this side of crazy. 

The signs of madness are all around you.  You need only open your eyes to the Mountaintop Motel Massacre!  Now on blu-ray thanks to Vinegar Syndrome.  This special limited edition embossed slipcover, designed by Earl Kessler Jr., is limited to 2,000 units and is currently only available through Vinegar Syndrome.

4/5 beers

Mountaintop Motel Massacre

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Special limited edition embossed slipcover

Home Video Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome
Available on Blu-ray
- May 24, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set (1 BD-50, 1 DVD); DVD copy
Region Encoding: Region Free Blu-ray/DVD combo

Armed with a brand new 2k restoration of its original camera negative, this drive-in classic looks all sorts of crisp and crackling-like.  The film is thing of lo-fi beauty.  The region free Blu-ray/DVD combo looks incredible.  Black levels are consistent and so, too, are the colors.  The new 1080p transfer is crisp with defined edges. Colors are vivid and fine details are noticeable. Skin tones are warm. Occasionally, the red tones overcompensate in some areas, but a sharp-looking release nonetheless. This was filmed in the daylight, so keep that in mind as the detail in the woods is nice.  The faithful English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is an incredible accompaniment to the feature.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

Collector’s get a reversible cover, an interview with the assistant cameraman David Akin, an interview with production designer Drew Edward Hunter, a theatrical trailer, a still gallery, and an article gallery.

  • Under the Influence
  • Mountaintop Motel Memories
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Article Gallery

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

3.5/5 stars

Mountaintop Motel Massacre

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime: 95
mins
Director
: Jim McCullough Sr.
Writer:
Jim McCullough Jr.
Cast:
Bill Thurman, Anna Chappell, Will Mitchell
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
Welcome to Mountaintop Motel - We have all the latest facilities for you - built-in torture chambers, adjoining cemetery, drowning pool acid saunas, hanging tree.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Daddy, got to talk to you. It's mama. She's getting sick again."
Theatrical Distributor:
New World Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
March 14, 1986
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
May 24, 2019
Synopsis: Evelyn (Anna Chappell) runs the Mountaintop Motel, a cluster of ramshackle cabins nestled deep in the Texas countryside. But Evelyn isn't 'all there;' instead tormented by ghastly voices and visions which cause her to periodically lose her grip on reality, until one fateful day, lost in a bout of insanity, she unwittingly murders her young daughter.

Although the police rule it an accident, Evelyn's guilt soon overtakes her, plunging her deeper and deeper into a world of violent paranoia. When a group of travelers arrive to spend the night at the motel, Evelyn completely detaches from reality and, viewing her new guests as a threat, begins to terrorize and dispatch them one by one, with the help of her trusty sickle...

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