Director: David Worth
Year of Production: 1973
Running Time: 78m 45s
Catalogue No. FF05 096
Release Date: May 1981
Other IFS Releases: No
AKA: Poor Pretty Eddie; Redneck County; Black Vengeance; Redneck County Rape
Leslie Uggams, Shelley Winters, Michael Christian, Ted Cassidy, Dub Taylor, Lou Joffred, Slim Pickens, Red Rawson, Sheriff Smith
Synopsis: [From the rear of its Iver sleeve]
World famous rhythm and blues singer Liz Weatherly (Leslie Uggams) sets out alone on a rural holiday. When her Rolls Bentley breaks down on a lonely country road, she walks to "Bertha's Oasis", a desolate rundown motel where her first sight is hulking, knife-scarred handyman Keno (Ted Cassidy). In the main lodge, she is greeted by an intense young man who introduces himself as Eddie Collins (Michael Christian). Eddie serves as bellhop and bartender at the ramshackle resort, and is also the boyfriend of its owner, buxom, alcoholic ex-nightclub performer Bertha (Shelly Winters). Eddie sends Keno to tow Liz' car to the motel. Meanwhile, he escorts the singer to the "best room in the house". Discovering Liz' identity, he reveals that he, too, is an entertainer - a potential country and western star. He promises that if Liz pushes his career, he will satisfy her romatically...
Interestingly, Heartbreak Motel was slated to be released (as "Redneck County") on the Astra Video label, having been advertised in an October 1982 issue of Video Retailer. This failed to materialise - but nearly a year later, the film was issued by Video Tape Centre (VTC), appearing on rental shelves by August 1983.
The trailer below, shows the "more graphic" Redneck County, which is essentially the same film with added scenes of twisted sexuality and violence. The comparatively softer A-rated (today's equivalent of a PG rating) Heartbreak Motel, offers the viewer a decidedly different film...