Retro Picture Show presents Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE followed by MOTEL HELL. Both screening on 35mm at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY on Friday, June 23, 2017.
Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
[Description from back of VHS] Whoever you are. Whatever you know. Nothing in your experience could ever prepare you for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
On what seemed like a perfect day in August, 1973, five teenagers went for a drive. They were headed for a nightmare. In a ghoulish house, littered with remains of dead animals, waited a family of maniacal killers. They would emerge, adorned with bones, skulls and animal skins, to turn the peaceful Texas countryside into a human slaughterhouse. (US, 1974, 84 mins, Dir. Tobe Hooper, 35mm)
MOTEL HELL (1980)
[Description from back of VHS] “Meat is meat, and man’s gotta eat!” That was always granny’s philosophy. And that’s the way folks still think over at the Motel Hello where the proprietor, Farmer Vincent, mixes up his special blend of smoked meats. Heck, everybody in the county just loves Farmer Vincent’s sausages and hams – there’s nothin’ quite like ‘em.
But what’s that we’ve heard tell about strangers just disappearing when they’re passing by Vincent’s motel? And what are those odd things planted in Vincent’s “secret garden” that he tends only in the dead of night? And, gosh, what are those strange carcasses Vincent has hangin’ in the smokehouse?
The Motel Hello is open for business, folks, but be wary if you’re asked to stay for dinner. Veteran actor Rory Calhoun stars as the delightfully fiendish Farmer Vincent in a deliciously ghoulish tale of the macabre that is destined to be become a cult classic. You’ll also meet Vincent’s obtusely demented sister, Ida, brilliantly played by Nancy Parsons, who is eager to bury you with kindness. Even Wolfman Jack makes a special appearance.
So stop by and visit friendly Farmer Vincent, though he may ask you to lend a hand… or an ear… or a leg….. In any case, this visit to the Motel Hello will be one that will live in your nightmares for years to come! (US, 1980, 101 mins, Dir. Kevin Connor, 35mm)