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Mountaintop Motel Massacre is a pretty laughably entertaining bad movie thanks to some of the poor production values and inexperienced actors, but like I said, can be fun at times.

 

 

Mountaintop Motel Massacre
(1986)

Genre(s): Horror
Vinegar Syndrome | NR – 97 min. – $34.98 | May 24, 2019

Date Published: 07/24/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Jim McCullough, Sr.
Writer(s): Jim McCullough, Jr.
Cast: Bill Thurman, Anna Chappell, Will Mitchell


DISC INFO:
Features: Interviews, Trailer, Galleries
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2


Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 35.82 GB
Total Bitrate: 39.56 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


PLOT 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…

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5


Although my copy did not come with one, the Limited Edition release comes with a hard slip cover and inside a folded poster. Features include Under the Influence (12:30) interview with Assistant Cameraman David Akin; Mountaintop Motel Memories (20:58) interview with Production Designer Drew Edward Hunter; the Original Theatrical Trailer (1:48), Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery (4:49) and Archival Article Gallery (1:17).

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


Vinegar Syndrome releases Mountain Top Motel Massacre where it’s presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer culled from a newly scanned and restored 35mm negative elements scanned in 2K. Albeit not perfect, as a low budget movie from the early 80s, the picture doesn’t look too bad. Detail is decent enough though in some spots it is a bit on the softer side and colors not incredibly vibrant, though likely in keeping in how the film was shot and released. There were a few specs in some shots but otherwise it is a somewhat clean transfer.

AUDIO – 3.25/5


The disc comes equipped with an average DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo track which did at least provide some clear dialogue although it is limited due to the what I assume was the lackluster on-scene sound design. There were some minor hissing in some parts but other than that, it’s a serviceable lossless track.

 


OVERALL – 2.75/5


Mountaintop Motel Massacre is a pretty laughably entertaining bad movie thanks to some of the poor production values and inexperienced actors, but like I said, can be fun at times. This Blu-ray release from Vinegar Syndrome has good video, alright audio and an okay selection of bonus features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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