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Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986)

by  |  May 7th, 2012  |  Horror

If your looking for a fun little barely known gem.  One of those Saturday afternoon styled movies.  Then Mountaintop Motel Massacre is one of those movies!

I actually discovered this movie one year when I was out looking for movies to watch during Halloween. What I found that was so impressive about this film, is that it really doesn’t have any pre-tense to it.  What do I mean by this you might be asking yourself.

I mean that for a movie that was probably made on a shoestring budget with pretty much no recognizable faces in it, and what looks like limited special effects, this movie is utterly spectacular!

Written by: Jim McCullough Jr. (The St. Tammany Miracle) And Directed by: Jim McCullough Sr. (Video Murders) and starring Bill Thurman (Close Encounters Of The Third Kind), Anna Chappell (The Man On The Moon) and Will Mitchell.

Mountaintop Motel Massacre tells the story of Evelyn Chambers (Chappell) a woman who had recently been released from a mental health hospital, and goes home to her daughter to run the family motel.

For awhile Evelyn and her daughter live at the Motel quite peacefully…

That is until one day while Evelyn is out working in the garden, her daughter’s pet rabbit starts eating parts of her garden.  Now after a few times of yelling at her daughter to get rid of the animal.  She finally snaps and accidentally kills her daughter.  This act finally drives her over the edge.

Now we come to the fun part of the movie.  Let me preface what I am about to say though with the fact that this motel has an underground tunnel system across all of the cabins and the office.  Also the cabins in this motel are utterly filthy so when most of the guests begin to show up, they ultimately decide to stay only because they absolutely have to due to the rain… Boy what a mistake that is!

As Evelyn slowly goes deeper and deeper in to her own insanity, she starts making plans to start killing people using this tunnel system! She uses various inventive ways of doing so with various inventive implements. This includes  letting her daughters snake in to one of the rooms, which bites and poison’s one of the guests, and hacking people apart with a small scythe.

With the road un-usable at that time, and with mad Evelyn Chambers hunting for them, and with out a safe place for which to hide, it is only a matter of time before the guests have to go after Evelyn, before Evelyn gets them!

I also wanted to pay special attention to how both father and son did a great job in how

they developed the individual character’s story lines together, and how they connect up with each at the end to fight a common enemy.

Lastly I also wanted to say how I am pretty certain that Jim McCullough Sr. was influenced by the horror master himself , Alfred Hitchcock not only in his style of directing and locations but also in his writing with his son, as this could almost be said to be the female version of Psycho.  Except that this film doesn’t have 12 rooms, and 12 vacancies in it!

So if your looking for a kick-ass campy fun time, then i do recommend this one, it is a fun one!


Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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