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Presented by Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2) and directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), Hostel is a shocking and relentless film in the tradition of Saw about two American backpackers (Jay Hernandez, Friday Night Lights and Derek Richardson, Dumb and Dumberer) in Europe who find themselves lured in as victims of a murder-for-profit business. Paxton and Josh, two college friends, are lured by a fellow traveler to what's described as a nirvana for American backpackers -- a particular hostel in an out-of-the-way Slovakian town stocked with Eastern European women as desperate as they are gorgeous. The two friends arrive and soon easily pair off with exotic beauties Natalya and Svetlana. In fact, too easily... Initially distracted by the good time they're having, the two Americans quickly find themselves trapped in an increasingly sinister situation that they will discover is as wide and as deep as the darkest, sickest recess of human nature itself -- if they survive.
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It was fun as hell, and I loved it.
Three guys are touring Europe doing guy things. They meet a man who tells them about a Hostel in a small isolated town in Eastern Europe where there is an overabundance of pretty women who have nothing better to do than to throw themselves at anyone with a foreign accent, and they love all Americans. When they get there (note "Pulp Fiction" on TV) it is true. Women who look like models unashamedly share sleeping quarters with men, give them drugs and have sex with them.
One by one the men disappear (as do the Japanese girls) and are tortured to death, aka "Blood Sucking Freaks". Paxton (Jay Hernandez) the last of the trio demands to know where his friends are... The slaughterhouse was filmed at an actual mental hospital in Prague.
Sex, nudity, f-bomb, torture.
Tired formula, predictable plot (if any), waaay too gory scenes and just about every dumb decision a character can make, these guys make them. At least the horror atmosphere is very well rendered as well as the visual spectacle of visiting another country through the lens of a more than capable cinematographer. Giving credits where credit's due, Eli Roth's directing may be a bit better here than it was on Cabin Fever... and it got even better on the Hostel sequel... so there's much hope.
In terms of special features, what the 2-disc DVD edition contained has all been ported over, so there's close to 2 hours worth of behind the scenes material, deleted scenes, goofs, commentaries, etc. You're in for a treat as many secrets are revealed about the making of this movie.
Fans of horror, you will most likely want to jump at this opportunity. It has all the qualities "Saw" had yet doesn't delve too much into the "let's kill people all the time for no reason". Here at least you get a semblance of care from the writer/director. Other fans who like suspense, thrillers and such would best rent it first.
The story finds three young men,two American and one Icelandic,back packing across Europe.They get a tip from a young man about this hostel in Czechoslovakia,that's not on any maps.The three travel there and manage to hook up with some local action.The next morning Oli,their Icelandic friend,goes missing.We have a cut scene where we see Oli's disembodied head on a table.
That night at a disco Josh feels sick and goes back to the hostel.Later Paxton gets sick and gets lost finding the disco washroom and is locked in a closet instead. The next morning Paxton gets out and finds Josh has gone missing also.Josh,we have seen,was being held prisoner by a man who they had all previously met on the train going to the hostel.He tortured and killed Josh.
Paxton is at loose ends and decides to have a local girl take him to a museum before he finally leaves later.Read more ›
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Hostel is about three young men; Americans Paxton and Josh and their Icelandic friend Oli, who travel to Amsterdam in search of drugs and hookers. Read morePublished on July 13 2007 by K. Driscoll
I'll keep this short, I liked Hostel for the reasons I didn't like any of the 3 Saw films; it doesn't take itself too seriously, which I think makes it more effective. Read morePublished on April 10 2007 by Nathan Poitras
(To the tune of The Eagles' Hotel California)
In a dark Slovak hostel
Free love fills the air
Warm heat from the spa steam
Heating guys... Read more
Three college students (Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson and Eythor Gudjonsson) decide to backpack across Europe. They have no idea what lies in wait. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2006 by Cheryl Tardif
i'm not sure what to say about hostel.i found it too gory for my tastes and to me the violence and gore were gratuitous.there really wasn't any reason for the amount in the film. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2006 by falcon
I watched this movie expecting tons of gore and lots of horror. Instead I sat through 3 guys getting drunk and laid for over 1/2 of the movie. Read morePublished on April 26 2006