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Motel Hell Review


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There's not much motelling going on in Motel Hell, rather this Bates-inspired innkeeping family kidnaps residents, cuts their vocal chords, buries them up to their necks in the garden, then kills them, cures the bodies, and sells them as meat! Many priceless moments are matched by many more goofy bits that were probably dated the minute they were produced in 1980. This is old-fashioned horror, full of slashed bodies, deranged madmen, and bad jokes. Love it... at least in moderation.

American Graffiti Review


Excellent
The Star Wars prequels have tarnished his rep a little, but give him his due --- George Lucas once understood the possibilities and limitations of film like few others. Lucas' second feature film, American Graffiti, was a self-assured gem that established him as a major director (though a lot of studios still didn't want to bankroll Star Wars, proving that studio execs weren't any smarter in the seventies than they are now).

A cinematic collection of slightly exaggerated memories from Lucas' senior year in high school (1962), Graffiti was well-timed; it caught a wave of fifties nostalgia that would crest with Happy Days, Grease, etc. While the iconoclasm of the sixties and seventies would continue to take youth culture in a very different direction, Graffiti helped spark a cultural backlash (or at least a flashback) after the free-love/acid-rock/anti-war era.

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