Two nice efforts! But this time, it's my turn to disagree;-: Ken Russel's films are, in my opinion, mostly far away from style over substance and especially "Altered States". Maybe you could prosecute "Tommy" for that (although it is also quite fascinating), but not this one. It's a movie about a man (William Hurt) who got tired of being a member of mankind and wants to leave it. The dream in which he turns into a statue and gets decomposed into sand makes that quite clear.
Not my favourite Russel Film (that goes to the excellent, underrated "Gothic" and "China Blue") but a mazy and versatile film against the forces of civilization. (8/10)
About "Hell of the living dead / Inferno dei morti viventi" you are pretty right, a huge hill of crap. But I can't deny that, from time to time, I like to climb such hills;-) And there are some other italian Zombie-Horror-flicks like "The Beyond / L'Aldila" (Italy 1980, Lucio Fulci) or "The living dead at the Manchester Morgue / Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti" (Spain/Italy 1974, Jorge Grau) that I personally would praise as REALLY great movies, visionary, intelligent, sometimes even slightly subversive though not excempt from a huge amount of gore and some unintended humour.
Did you watch the movie in memory of Bruno Mattei? He died this May (the 21st) just a few months after finishing his last low budget Women-in-prison-flick "The Jail: A woman's hell".
Motel Hell (USA 1980, Kevin Connor)
Here you are: This movie finally reveals the inconvenient truth behind the myth of the friendly and hard working all-american farmer and his sweet little motel in which he turns innocent tourists, rockabillies, managers and perverts into delicious delights that are beloved all over the country. Get in touch with farmer Vincent (Rory Calhoun) and his chubbily sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) who sure will treat you like god is said to be treaten in the 9th heaven. Visit their well done garden in which they breed their guests buried to their throats until they've got the right taste. And don't miss the big chainsaw fight in the butchery between Vincent and his little Brother, Sheriff Bruce (Paul Linke). You'll love it!
Get your free ticket to this extraordinary and idyllic ride to the famous countryside. Now!
9 out of 10.
I love this mainly because of it's insane and surreal ideas and the black-humour-satire made out of them. You can feel that the director, Kevin Connor, wasn't very familiar with the genre and "Motel Hell" was his first horror movie. I never liked the classic american "Backwood Horror" in the manner of the (great) "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" but this one really managed to get me out of my european genre chamber;-)