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Last night I watched Hostel for the eighth time. Yes, really.
Written by Eli Roth and produced by Quentin Tarantino this is an American horror film that came out in 2005.
The story shows 3 friends on one last wild holiday travelling across Europe before they start college. In Amsterdam they meet up with a guy who suggests that to meet the wildest and sexiest girls, they should get themselves to Slovakia. And of course, being young got blooded men, they go.
There are indeed plenty of sexy wild women in Slovakia however, things are not as they seem. Because the women are helping to obtain people to be offered up for murder.
The "elite hunting" club allows wealthy business men to pay a fee to then be able to torture and murder a victim in any way they want.
This film is horribly disturbing in that the whole concept is utterly chilling. The thought that people could pay for such an opportunity leaves you feeling cold inside.
There are some horrific scenes in the film during the torture and murder bits, and overall this film is a real thriller. Yes, it is gory. Super gory, so if you are not into that kind of scene, don't watch this, and certainly don't watch it while you are eating!
But if you want something that'll have you hiding behind your hands and snuggling up to your boyfriend, I recommend this.
Film Only Review
~Hostel Part 1~
Released : 2005
Running time : 94 mins
Director : Eli Roth
Rating : 18
Whilst backpacking in Amsterdam, Paxton, Josh and Oli are locked out of their hostel. They become acquainted with another man who informs them of a hostel in eastern Europe where the women have a particular taste for American men. Of course, this hostel turns out too good to be true. Lured in by the idea of sex with these women, the backpackers make their way to Bratislava but didn't bet on becoming targets of the Elite Hunting who pay to perform saddistic things to travellers. Americans are worth the most at this hostel.
*Paxton - Jay Hernandez
*Josh - Dereke Richardson
*Oli - Eythor Gudjonsson
*Natayla - Barbara Nedeljakova
*Svetlana - Jana Kaderabkova
Hostel Part 1 is available on Amazon priced at £2.48. A triple boxset is available for £8.25.
It is fair to say that I am a big fan of this type of film. I currently own the Hostel boxset and would say that Part 1 is by far the best film of all three. It is classed as a 'torture porn' film and it definitely lives up to this title. It is fair to say that this film takes a while to get to the real torture. We learn a little about the three backpackers before they are encouraged to head to Bratislava. It is easy to see how a group of young, sex on the brain guys would be lured by Natalya and Svetlana but it is also clear to see that they are far from being innocent.
Aside from the actor who plays Paxton, the other characters are unknown to me but the acting is really good and each character plays their role well. The other characters do fit in well in this film but do not make such an impact. The setting for Hostel is perfect for the plot in my opinion. It is good to see a brilliant horror film set outside of the USA and Bratislava was the a great choice. The quiet, rather cold atmosphere does add a sense of eerieness to the film and this builds up through the film.
As the film progresses, the backpackers start to wonder if there is something strange going on. Paxton rakes the lead role in his stride. He starts off as a cocky, sex driven American but soon realises that nothing is as it seems and he has to grow up and man up quite quickly. I found myself feeling incredibly sorry for him (and the others) as the film went on. There are a few torture scenes in the first half of the film but they are mainly snippets and to me, tasters of what is come further on. They held my attention and made me more interested in finding out what happens regardless of how depraved it may be.
The main event is near the end of the film and the first time I watched Hostel, I found it very difficult to watch. I still do find it difficult to watch despite having seen it many times. There is a lot of blood and violence. It is all very realistic. I found it difficult to understand why anyone would pay to torture someone but this aspect was carried out extremely well. There was a lot of tension and I found the implements of torture and ways of torturing to be extremely brutal and hard hitting. This film makes me cringe and on the verge of being sick which is something that rarely happens when I watch a film. Some horrific scenes had me traumatised as they were so sick. The film relies heavily on screaming as you would expect. Pain has no limits!
You really need a strong stomach to watch this film in my opinion. Whilst it isn't gorey all the way through, it certainly doesn't hold back nearer the end of the film. I found the end of the film to be really good if a little unrealistic. I could understand the fate of one character though - I would have done the same in their situation. The ending of the film is fast paced and had me wondering what the outcome would be. It also shows how easy it is to bribe deprived children into commiting crime and that no one can be trusted! It paves way to a second installment of Hostel.
The 18 rating for Hostel Part 1 is very much warranted. This film features drug taking, a lot of nudity and sexual scenes and general sickness! I wouldn't say this is the nastiest film I have ever watched. It is high up there but in a way, I do feel that it would benefit from more torture and less time spent on the sexual scenes.
This graphic, nasty film is definitely one to watch. I often watch it with my sister or fiance for some well directed torture porn. It isn't my favourite film but I do enjoy watching it if I am looking for something in this sort of genre and it is just the right length to keep me interested and emerged in it.
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Eli Roth seems to be a genuine horror fan, his Cabin Fever film seemed like a modern tribute to the 80s teen 'one-by-one' movie and Hostel is a tribute to old school torture exploitation. It revolves around a two backpackers and a friend they seemingly picked up, being systematically lured into visiting an apparent 'dream hostel' full of, basically, sl*ts.
In their search for sl*ts they visit a brothel and then continue to this mysterious Slovakian establishment which is supposed to make all their dreams come true. Unfortunately, it is revealed before long that this place merely operates like the rest of society, and serves to make the very rich's dreams come true, this time including sadistic torture of foreigners.
The horror scenes are well directed, often using Point Of View camera techniques to their best effect. The whole set looks extremely grimy and grisly and gives the right impression of simply, a hell on earth. In fact the dungeon scense were filmed in a 1910 insane asylum and apparently Roth had a string quartet playing because of the strange atmosphere. Watching Hostel is similar to how you feel in a hospital, a looked after business for cutting up humans with the sole difference being in Hostel it's to cause death and not prevent it, but this feeling brings the plot more to life. The characters are not the most sympathetic (as is often the case) but still fairly realistic and don't do TOO many idiotic plot-furthering activities.
The torture, when it comes to it, is painful to watch as it should be and Eli Roth doesn't pull any punches, neither do the actors who do a good job at portraying their terror. The layout of the room and the professionalism we see throughout in the business increase the horror and I do believe this film is considered 'trash' by movie snobs and even horror fans who would call it a classic if it were released in 1981. While Roth doesn't seem to good with plot and there is a lack of originality here, he directs atmosphere and emotion well. The adrenaline fuelled fear of the captives, Paxton's isolation and the demented fantasies of otherwise respectable businessmen all seem realistic to me. I enjoyed the ending, and the film does mix horror with dark comedy like many American films do and although the plot is a little uninspired, the torture scenes, POV shots and possible symbolism (Marxist/Nietzchean) towards the attitude of the perpatrators make this worth a watch for horror fans, even if it is just for the gore.
Run - Time - 93 minutes
Certificate - R
Genre - Horror
Director- Eli Roth
"10,000 people are killed in America each year. Over 2,000 with firearms. Americans... they have no imagination". That is the tongue-in-cheek tag line for this rather under-rated horror from Eli Roth, he of Cabin Fever, the later extremely over-rated and so fair comment.
This gained early attention with a Quentin Tarantino connection as 'Executive Producer' and then notoriety for its excessive use of the gore and gruesome, 150 gallons of fake blood no less. That put a lot of people off and it only really got judged by the horror community, who didn't like it, presumably as it didn't live up to the exaggerated gruesome hype. But the blood and guts are relevant to the plot and so more balanced film fans can only say give it a chance.
Shot mostly in Eastern Europe, where the story is actually set there for once (it's cheap to film in that part of the world) it's not as bloody as made out and deliberately vulgar with just one or two squeamish moments. The special effect of drilling salted pigs flesh to make it look like a grown males knee caps is surprisingly realistic though. But all the gore is relative to the films textures and narrative, this a much more subtle movie at heart, even though it doesn't look and sound like it for some, but the political comment on torture and the use of the internet to enjoy your darkest sickest fantasy sitting nicely for me.
Jay Hernandez ... Paxton
Derek Richardson ... Josh
Eythor Gudjonsson ... Oli
Barbara Nedeljakova ... Natalya
Jan Vlasák ... The Dutch Businessman
Jana Kaderabkova ... Svetlana
Jennifer Lim ... Kana
Keiko Seiko ... Yuki
Lubomir Bukovy ... Alex
Jana Havlickova ... Vala
Rick Hoffman ... The American Client
Petr Janis ... The German Surgeon
Takashi Miike ... Miike Takashi
Two American backpackers, Paxton (Jay Hernandez from Cabin Fever) and Josh (Derek Richardson), have hooked up with Icelandic dude Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson) to tour the red-light district of Amsterdam for a night of debauchery. After getting locked out of their hostel they meet a Russian guy, Alexei (Lubomir Bukovy), who tells them of a hostel somewhere in Eastern Europe where the women are all incredibly hot and have a taste for American men. Taking up the idea of the detour the four are soon on the train to Slovakia in pursuit of the Eastern European totty, where they meet a strange Czech businessmen (Jan Vlasák), not the last they will be seeing of this guy in the film.
The hostel lives up to the boys wildest expectations and they have two beautfiul Russian girls in their dormitary, Natalya (Barbara Nedeljáková) and Czech Svetlana (Jana Kadeřábková), who entice them into the naked spar and then the local discos, where Paxton gets high on an unknown substance and Oli dissapears. The next day the two Americans go in search of him, a young Japanese girl, Kana (Jennifer Lim), also one missing and informing them that her friend, Yuki (Keiko Seiko), is missing too.
In the pursuit Paxton loses Josh and the Japaense girl has recieves a disturbing text picture messsage from her friend, showing a foreboding derlict factory with a smoking chimney. As the search becomes more sinister and frantic all roads lead to the deserted factory to find their friends, the cimney the 'X' marks the spot. But what exactly is going on in there and why do Josh and Kana have the sudden urge to run and run fast.
After a glossy and brash start that doesn't seem to fit the films ideals. Its explained in the extras that this is deliberate by Roth so he can reduce the films colour and texture down to almost black & white as the film movies forward to express the growing fear in the faces of those about to meet their maker. It is slow to get going and the first chainsaw isn't revved up for 45 minutes, but once we understand the premise of the factory, the film is quite edgy, atmospheric and seductive. It's not scary to someone my age but the narrative keeps you interested and at least you know early on it's not going to be one of those horror films that tries to do funny slapstick gore so they can cram as much blood and guts in as possible, as if that is somehow a sign of quality film in this genre. Its also one of those movies that if was foreign and arty it would work better with that extra atmosphere and gravitas and earn serious plaudits, subtitles making many an average movie.
Critics labelled the film 'torture porn', the so-called 'Gorno' genre...using excessive violence to excite audiences like a sexual act. Another wordy critic commented on the films 'Marxist and Nietzschean philosophy'? The mobile phone conundrum that wrecks most modern day horror movie tempos to create unrealistic and silly situations (text her that the axe man is behind the door!) is swerved well and Roth never resorts to horror cliché for cheap thrills. This is not schlock horror but well thought out stuff that resonates with the times, the unpleasant Abu Grad torture cells and Al-Qaeda beheadings on the internet giving the narrative an air of reality. We know those things are real now and happening at this very moment and man is capable of many depravities and so why not play it in horror films that may even have motivated the sociopaths out there in the Gulf in the first place, and so why cant the Hostel plotline be real? But the Slovaks were not best pleased with the betrayal of their country as the home to prostitutes, wild street kids and mass killing chambers, the director having to make many apologies to return for the obligatory sequel.
The film was part of a deliberate trilogy, although Roth reticent to do the third film after film two didn't do great box-office, no where near the $80 million profit of film one from just its original $5 budget, and getting stick from the critics for its laziness. Sadly the sequel is almost identical, the only tweak being female American backpackers enticed to Slovakia instead of guys this time, but far less gore and structure to show any thought going into it. This is where we found out that Eli Roth is no John Carpenter.
Rottentomatos.com - 59% approval rate
Metacritic.com - 55% approval rate
Leonard Maltin's Film Year Book - 1.5/5.0
Radio Times Film Book - 2.0/5.0
Imdb.com - 5.7/10.0 (65,643 votes)
= = = = Special features = = = =
This is the two disc edition with a pretentious amount of extras. If Eli Roth was made of chocolate he would lick himself. The Cesc Fabregas look-alike has taken every chance to appear in his DVD extras.
No less than FOUR commentaries here, everyone from Roth to the catering trailer girls having their say on the movie. Roth is a smart guy and so are his movie friends and so his layered track charismatic and interesting, considering the base movie on offer.
Quite a few featurettes here and yet more of Roth messing around and posing backstage as they talk about the movie. He teaches the local street kids Borat impressions to pass the time.
-Kill the Can-
More behind the scenes stuff
= = = Disc two = = =
-An Icelandic Meal-
The actor, who played Oli, Eythor Gudjonsson, demonstrates how to eat the traditional Icelandic meal of boiled goat's head, as disgusting as it looks and no doubt tastes.
The team talk about all the gore and gruesome stuff.
-Music & Sound-
The guy who does the soundtrack shows his unusual collection of foreign instruments that create the backing track here.
Ok, I'm getting bored now Eli, who pokes his smiley face into this segment.
Pictures of Eli on Holiday in his trunks. Ok, I was joking, but I bet he considered it.
Takashi Miike, he the celebrated Japanese director of the seriously gruesome 'Audition', cameos in the film and talks about is work here. Yes, all the other cast members, included Roth, yap some more in the talking heads.
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I was aware of the large amounts of criticism that Hostel received for being linked to Tarantino, whilst completely falling short of the mark set by his directorial masterpieces. And people were right, when compared to Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, Hostel pales in comparison. However, to make such comparisons is to misunderstand his role in Hostel as Quentin had much less control through having the position of producer, the importance of which was subsequently exaggerated in order to boost sales and box office revenues.
Seen in its own right, watching Hostel is an enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes of one's life. The first half is akin to many teen road movies, the most notable being Road Trip. Complete with drugs and mammary glands, it's an amusing, if exceedingly misleading, look at a group's trip across Eastern Europe. Once the Sirens start calling, things begin to go downhill and the group begin to get sucked into a disturbing and disgusting underground industry.
The acting is pretty bog standard, with the exception of Rick Hoffman's all too brief part as an American client. The dilemmas and consequences are predictable. However, it's certainly enjoyable, tense, gruesome and, at times, amusing. When compared to much of the "horror" tripe churned out by Hollywood at present, i found this movie light, fun and didn't take itself too seriously.
Hostel is a nasty little filmed released in 2005, directed by Eli Roth and PRODUCED not directed but only PRODUCED by Quentin Tarantino.
I'm not what I would class a horror fan, I'd like to think I'm a good film fan and if it happens to be a good film with a werewolf or 60 ft swamp monster then fair enough.
After being tricked with Tarantino`s name on the case I was less than impressed to find out its by Eli Roth who's Cabin Fever I`d already suffered.
Jay Hernandez Paxton
Derek Richardson Josh
Eyþór Guðjónsson Óli
Jan Vlasák The Dutch Businessman
Barbara Nedeljáková Natalya
Two American College lads and a friend from Iceland are on holiday in Amsterdam, here they find out from a creepy kid about a Hostel in Slovakia where the women go nuts for American boys.
Things start to go wrong when they reach Slovakia despite managing to pull some local girls a little too easily, things like being drugged in a club and having friends go missing can put a dampener on any city break.
The rest of the film focuses on Paxton's search for answers and the truth about what really goes on at the old factory ... dum dum duuum.
Dear god, whatever happened to things like plot and acting?
The acting on offer is serviceable at best; in so much as they managed to read the script out in the right order. Don't expect to get emotionally attached to any of the characters, I mean if they can't be bother to emote other than the short range from surprised to shocked why should we bother.
The plot almost seems like an afterthought, almost as if they remembered there must be a reason for these people to be mutilated. The people this was probably aimed at are not that arsed about plot anyway, it's a teenage boys fantasy with its naked girls and over the top almost cartoon violence.
To me this was a complete waste of time; at no point did I feel any sympathy for the bland drones that were passed off as characters. It gets one plus mark for at least trying to be original in this sea of equally pointless remakes but buckets of blood do not make a good film and this is in no way a good film. It's a sign of how bad it is when Tarantino doesn't bother to make a cameo.
Darn it. I have spent years avoiding this film. "Torture porn" just isn't my thing, you see. I like Quentin Tarantino ok - even if the constant swearing does get on my nerves (grow up!) and I do feel vaguely uncomfortable with the obvious glee with which he directs scenes of pain being inflicted on helpless victims. Eli Roth has struck me, since "Cabin Fever," as being slightly creepy. You know, the type of guy who was a geek in high school and thought "One day I'm going to be a movie director and cast lots of hot chicks and then kill them!" So you see, I had good reason to hate this film. Trouble is, I didn't. How annoying.
That's not to say I enjoyed it - I'm not sure that is quite the right word. But if you want a film that will genuinely get your heart racing, this is the one for you. I actually wish I'd seen it when it first came out, so that I wouldn't know the urban legend-esque story. In fact, if you have been living under a rock for the last five years and have no idea what this is about, I suggest you go and watch it right now, before you read anything else about it. It'll be more fun for you that way.
So, Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and his buddy Josh (Derek Richardson) have travelled from the USA to do the European backpacking thing, as so many post graduates do. They hook up with Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson), a likably crazy Icelandic guy, and the three of them generally amble around; drinking, taking drugs, sleeping with girls. So far, so average. But then they get chatting to a guy who tells them about an amazing hostel - "that you won't find in any guidebooks" and hear about the women there (who are apparently starved of male attention). Well, what frat boy could resist?
We know this is a horror film. So in amongst all the hedonism, we are waiting for something bad to happen... but it takes its time, and much of the first half of the film is taken up by "18-30 holiday" type footage. They meet up with some girls, they pass out, etc etc. (Eli Roth, that uber feminist, tells us that all the writhing naked female flesh in this movie is ironic. Because "extreme" sex in a brothel parallels the extreme violence that you can also (apparently) pay to enjoy. Look out, Germaine Greer!)
The next morning, their pal Oli has apparently checked out - pretty odd, but then again, they haven't known him for that long, and "It's what people do." The scary thing is, it's true. It's so easy when travelling to meet up with people, agree to meet again down the coast, change your plans, whatever. Nobody really knows where or who you are.
It's not until Josh goes missing in a similar manner that Paxton really starts to get worried. I was reminded of the great Hitchcock flick "The Lady vanishes" as he tries to get some sense out of the vague, chilled out hostel receptionist and the girls he knows. Frankly, I'd have been out of that creepy town on the first train and straight to the British embassy. But as in "The Wicker man", Paxton is so concerned with the safety of others that he goes with the increasingly annoying girl, who says she knows where Josh and Oli have gone.
Ok, splatter fans! Here's what you've been waiting for.
I'm not really a fan of gore, although I have become oddly immune to it - and there is some nasty goo, blood and vomit in this film. In fact, I think Eli Roth has rather cleverly taken advantage of the fact that human beings will be more disturbed by the sounds of someone screaming in agony, and the sight and sound of someone vomiting, that we will be by the sight of a rubber finger being cut off someone's hand. Just a primitive part of us, I guess. And if gimp masks make you want to gag at the best of times, I would suggest you just shut your eyes (I did).
There is definitely a schoolboy-type joy in showing graphic and disgusting injuries. I find it quite weird that people complain when films "aren't gruesome enough," and have to watch uncensored Japanese films to get their fix. What is wrong with these people? I guess the social commentary is that here we are, enjoying this film, yet feeling disgusted at the people in the film who enjoy torturing people. Oh, the irony. Thanks for working on my conscience, Mr Roth!
I'm surprised that people complain that this film has a weak storyline; I actually think it's pretty good. It taps into that age old fear about travelling to foreign countries, the idea that the people there might be somehow different to your kinsfolk in ways that determine their humanity or lack thereof; or that they will simply despise you because of where you come from. (No wonder Americans genuinely do claim to be Canadian on occasion; in these zenophobic times when it's acceptable to hate Americans (but no other race) you can understand why.)
Eli Roth apparently got the idea for this film based on a website he "found" (let's not ask why, eh?) which advertised this very service - anyone fancy a "murder vacation" in Thailand? (NOT A SPOILER - the basic premise of the film is outlined in the trailer.) I loved Rick Hoffman's performance as an American business man who helpfully explains why he is shelling out his hard earned cash. I won't repeat his opinions on women as I fear it would be unladylike of me, but suffice to say, he has been around the world, experienced lots of what normal society has to offer and is looking for a real rush. (May I suggest a parachute jump?)
I'm in two minds about this film. On one hand, I think it could have been more interesting if we had never seen any gore; the premise is interesting enough without it. I'd have liked to see more background; how such a business was set up, who is the big boss, how do people hear about it, and how do the recruiters get their jobs?
On the other hand, if we didn't see any of the sick violence, I fear it would be lacking in impact. So maybe you do need the odd blow torch / chain saw / machete scene.
I'm a little ashamed to say it but I TOTALLY want to see Hostel 2 now. Then I promise I will watch a nice Disney film.
If you don't like a bit of blood guts and gore then take my advice and don't even bother reading the rest of this review, because there is no way that you will like or enjoy this film. The film basically revolves around the gore but I found it quite a good film as I don't mind these kinds of scenes.
The story revolves around two guys that are backpacking and looking for sex, they are then lured into the hostel by two young women and find themselves caught in a torture for money sick situation. The hostel that the two guys find themselves is used for people to carry out their gruesome death fantasies on their victims. Users pay the hostel and are then given the room to do what they like and the story is around the guys trying to escape.
The film is full of graphic scenes and there is a scene involving an eye which is sure to make you feel borderline sick, it's not for the faint
Overall I think the film is a good read but I wouldn't be watching it with my mother! If you like the first one then you are likely to also like the second.
4/5 for a film which kept me watching wondering on earth they would do next.
Hostel is a rather graphic and violent film and is packed full of gore and the like and certainly not a film for the squeamish. Directed by Eli Roth it is Quentin Tarantino's involvement that tended to attract all of the attention for gthe film.
Paxton played by Jay Hernandez and Josh played by Dereck Richardson are two Americans who are travelling around Europe looking to sample as many women as possible and always looking for a good party, they meet a fellow traveller called Oli who hails from Iceland and is played by Eythor Gudjonsson. They hear of a remote hostel in Slovakia from a Russian man that they meet which promises them lots of attractive women who love the American accent and so the boys head off to the hostel expecting some debauchery.
Sure enough they come across two very attractive Russian girls however what looks like a good opportunity soon turns into a very real nightmare as they realise they have been tricked.
For anyone who has travelled you will appreciate the sense of desperation the lads feel as no one knows where they are and I did find the film to be rather disturbing. The tension builds throughout the early stages of the film and then it erupts when the violence starts.
It is a rather graphic film so will not appeal to everyone however it is also quite entertaining and the performances are pretty good in it so I would recommend it.
Hostel is one of the many Quentin Tarantino movies, written and directed by Eli Roth and was made in 2005. It realised quite a lot of success and has since had a sequel made called simply, Hostel - Part 2. I'm a fairly big fan of movies from the horror genre and must admit that I thought that hostel was pretty gory, but the psychological side is what I was more impressed with, its really quite a disturbing watch.
Hostel is quite simply a typical horror movie, with a huge amount of gore, blood and dismembering thrown in for fun. I found that the film has a large slant towards playing with the psychological effects, in an attempt to show our vulnerability, helplessness, and that you never know peoples true intentions.
The movie is set around three backpackers touring around Europe, two American and one Icelandic doing what backpackers typically do, generally clubbing and trying to sleep with women wherever they can.
These antics lead them to a hostel in Slovakia which seems to good to be true with plenty of beautiful women included. Firstly the Icelandic disappears without a word and then one of the Americans, this leads the final American to a search for them which in turn leads him into serious trouble.
What the viewers are privy too unlike the characters in the movie is that this hostel is set-up with the aim of kidnapping travelling backpackers for wealthy people. These rich peolpe pay large amounts of money to join an exclusive club to experience killing somebody any way they want, generally involving large amounts of torture first.
The rest of the movie is based around the search for the backpackers and escape for the surviving.
The movie doesn't have any extremely well known actors, but the main cast consists of Jay Hernandez as Paxton and Derek Richardson as Josh, the two American backpackers.
The director and writer as previously stated is Eli Roth.
Overall, this film is a fairly good watch, not to be seen while eating your dinner though. It is rated 18 and has a run time of approximately 90 minutes. If your not a fan of horror, I'd stay away from this though.
Hostel is the 2005 movie from Eli Roth, it's a movie I did actually quite enjoy and it did scared me quite a lot in parts, mainly because I'm quite squeamish to a lot of the things like torture that was going on in this movie, but I guess if your not really bothered about that, then this film probably would impress or scared you all that much.
This film is about three friends who are backpacking across Europe, they are currently in Amsterdam when they get locked out of their hostel there, however when a man tells them of a Hostel in Slovakia where the girls are hot, and they always go for American men, things seem way to good to be true, and when things seem too good to be true, they probably are.
I really did enjoy this film, perhaps its just my kind of story line in a film, a very twisted story indeed, much along the likes of saw, and I wouldn't be surprised it this was influenced by the saw movies. However still a really good story none the less, its only the first hostel film so youd expect the acting to be a bit ropey, the actors are fresh actors, however their roles were convincing. And the effects and the props used make the torture parts of the movie look almost too realistic.
If you like horror movies you have to give this one a go, I really did like this movie, despite the many bad reviews on it.
Cabin Fever director Eli Roth both directed and produced this film however it is Tarantino's name that sells films and hence it is his role in the production of the film that is primarily recognised.
Hostel is a good old fashioned violent horror film and it is a 90 minute gorefest of a film with both violent and sexual scenes in it. The story is based around two Americans travelling around Europe long with a third man from Iceland (the debt dodging country not the frozen food specialist supermarket). The two American lads, Paxton and Josh played by Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson respectively and Oli played by Eythor Gudjonsson hear of a remote hostel in Slovakia where there are beautiful girls who go crazy for anyone with an American accent, they are told this by a Russian they meet in Amsterdam and the three boys head out to the hostel where straight away they find themselves sharing a room with two sexy Russian girls who take them out to show them a good time however soon the nightmare begins.
I have to say I did find this film a bit disturbing, I thought some of the stories I heard about it were just hype but it was pretty strong stuff in places. The fact that all the people involved are well away from their own comfort zones is partly what makes the film work and the tension is built quite nicely throughout the early stages of the film.
What is also interesting is that to be honest you do not really get to care too much for any of the lead characters, while they hardly deserve the fate they suffer non of them really have too many redeeming qualities, the performances are competent enough without really standing out.
Visually it is an impressive film however it is not a film I would want to sit through again as it was tough going in places. Only three stars from me as it relied a bit too much on shock value rather than plot development.
Hostel is a 2005 horror film that was written, directed and produced by Eli Roth, the man that brought us Cabin Fever but it was also produced by Quentin Tarantino. It is rated 18 due to extreme scenes of horror, violence and gore as well as scenes of a strong sexual nature and it has a run time of 90 minutes.
Some countries with strict censorship policies have restricted the showing of this film due to the nature of the story so from this, you can tell what you are getting yourself in for. Even though this was the case, Hostel, which had a budget of $4.8 million made over $80 million worldwide.
Americans, Paxton and Josh are travelling across Europe with an Icelandic friend, Óli and we first meet them in Amsterdam. It seems like they are all having a fantastic night but after getting thrown out of a club one night, they all decide to go to a brothel where Josh chickens out. Once the trio get back to their hostel, they meet a Russian man, Alex, who tells them of a little known hostel in Slovakia that is bursting with beautiful women who love Americans. Obviously, Paxton and Josh are up for the trip.When they reach the hostel, they find themselves having to share a room with two stunning Russian women who take them out for the night. The guys have a great night, despite a few run ins with strange characters but then they have an even better time when they get back to the hostel.
The next day, Óli is missing and Josh and Paxton cant find him anywhere. Back at the hostel, Japanese girl Kana tells the boys that her friend Yuki has gone missing as well. Later in the day, both Yuki and Óli appear to send picture messages to their friends informing them that they have both gone home which is sudden and unexpected. While out trying to find Óli, Josh and Paxton see a man wearing his jacket and they become very suspicious of what is going on around them, especially when they realise that the picture messages are fake.
The next day, Josh and Kana are also missing and Paxton is determined to find them but he soon realises that the hostel they've been staying at isn't as amazing as he first thought. Finding his friends is going to take Paxton straight out of his dream holiday and right into his worst nightmare.
Jay Hernandez - Paxton
Derek Richardson - Josh
Eyþór Guðjónsson - Óli
Jan Vlasák - The Dutch Businessman
Barbara Nedeljáková - Natalya
Jana Kaderabkova - Svetlana
Jennifer Lim - Kana
Keiko Seiko - Yuki
Lubomir Bukovy - Alexei
Jana Havlickova - Vala
Rick Hoffman - The American Client
Petr Janis - Johan, the German Surgeon
Takashi Miike - Miike Takashi
I am a huge Tarantino fan so when I heard about this film, I desperately wanted to see it, even though I had heard how disgusting it was. Most big film fans know what Tarantino has a bit of a sick mind so I was expecting something awful to happen but it seems that as the writer, Eli Roth is even sicker, which I didn't think was possible.
Staying in hostels while in Europe is extremely popular because of the price, maybe more so for Americans because of the distance they have to travel. Even though the story is extremely far fetched, it really made me think of staying in a hostel in a completely different light and I would definitely do my research before booking anywhere now. The shock factor of Hostel really made this film stand out and for the audience to take notice of what could be happening while they are on holiday. You hear of some really bad true stories in the news about people going missing while abroad so who knows if this kind of thing could really be happening somewhere.
From the adverts for this film, we were shown small parts of the gore and torture that would be happening. Now, I am a huge horror fan but there is never really that much good gore in them anymore. I have been disappointed with horror films for a while now but Hostel was one that really made me happy. This isn't your conventional, jump out and scare you kind of horror, but one where it is scary because of how real it could be. Nothing could have prepared me for how gory and sick this film was going to be. Normally the trailers show all of the best bits but there was a lot more in this film than you got to see beforehand. There was quite a few scenes where I had to look away and that isn't like me at all. Tarantino is well known for the gore in his films and this one certainly wont disappoint any fan of his.
Saying that though, no matter how hard hitting the story was, it was still absolutely amazing. Hostel brings us something that has never been done before and there isn't one film that I can think of that I could compare it to. Everything about this film is original. I really enjoyed the run up to the main part of the film as it gave me time to get to know the characters and actually care about what happened to them, even if it seemed like all they wanted was to get laid and get drunk to begin with. Some of the main characters I didn't end up liking but I couldn't help but really like Paxton, although that was kind of the point.
The settings are fantastic to look at, even the dungeons. Every part of this film is interesting to watch, from the little different things that you can see in the dungeons how the hostel looks. Although Hostel is set mainly in Slovakia, it was all filmed in the Czech Republic due to the lower filming costs but that doesn't really matter to me because I wouldn't know the difference. Hostel does portray Slovakia as run down, under developed and with a big crime rate so officials weren't too impressed because of this.
I think this film gets really mixed reviews because of the nature of the story but I absolutely loved it and it is one of my favourite horror films. I wouldn't recommend it thought if you don't like anything gory or the sight of blood because there is plenty of both.
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Kill the car!
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Hostel is a famous horror/slasher film directed by Eli Roth (who previously helmed the mildly successful cult hit Cabin Fever), in as much as it was made on a tiny budget of $4.5m, and made over $80m worldwide, as well as kick-starting the genre known as "torture porn", where there would be a focus on the grotesque infliction of injury and the suffering of the victims.
Hostel revolves around two American backpackers, Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson), and their Icelandic friend Óli (Eyþór Guðjónsson), who have travelled to Slovakia, and are indulging in plenty of hedonistic activities. They meet a man called Alexei (Lubomir Bukovy), who tells them about a hostel where the women love American men. They go there, and meet two gorgeous Russian women, Natalya (Barbara Nedeljáková) and Svetlana (Jana Kadeřábková), who have sex with them but actually end up tranquilising them and taking them to a seedy hostel, where businessmen pay to kill and torture hapless Americans. They must find a way to escape or they will be slowly taken to task by sadistic, wealthy businessmen.
The film has a very original, clever idea and it has been copied several times since. It does take a long time to get going, but the pay-off is well worth it: it delivers gore as well as a thoroughly compelling plot, and characters that easy to root for, particularly Hernandez's Paxton. This is the original and the best torture porn film. It has too much build up and not enough action, but the concept is intriguing and the pay-off is blood-soaked to say the least. A tense little gore-fest that make sthe best of its low-budget origins.
After the execrable 'Cabin Fever' I had very low hopes for Eli Roth's 2005 gorefest 'Hostel', but upon watching it I was suprised to discover that the film was not nearly as moronic or shoddily-executed as I had expected it to be. The perfuntory plot concerns a group of young americans who decide to go travelling around Europe and end up at a little-known hostel in Slovakia supposedly renowned for being populated by large numbers of attractive girls, but this turns out to be a fabrication as the place is actually a trap designed to lure unsuspecting travellers who are then kidnapped and transported to a derelict complex where customers can pay to torture and murder the victims in whatever manner they please.
Whilst hardly cerebral, the film is reasonably tense and well-directed and the characterisations are at least sufficient to make the viewer feel some empathy for the characters as they are tortured and killed, whilst the film pulls no punches on the gore front and makes for some very unsettling viewing indeed that will undoubteldy be way too strong for some.
Without giving too much away, the end of the film sees one of the main protagonists exacting his revenge on his tormentors, who themselves turn out to be apparently normal individuals living sinister double lives, and the film is intelligent enough to reflect the audience back upon themselves, asking them just how different they are from the people who have paid to carry out these terrible acts just because the acts the audience have paid to see are simulated rather than real.
Hostel is largely just another gore-drenched exploitation flick when all said and done, but the fact that it does at least boast a modicum of intelligence places it ahead of many other similar overly-bloody modern shockers.
Well-made for the genre--the excessive-skin-displayed-before-gruesome-bloody-torture-begins genre--Hostel follows two randy Americans (Jay Hernandez, Friday Night Lights, and Derek Richardson, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd) and an even randier Icelander (Eythor Gudjonsson) as they trek to Slovakia, where they're told beautiful girls will have sex with anyone with an American accent. Unfortunately, the girls will also sell young Americans to a company that offers victims to anyone who will pay to torture and murder. To his credit, writer/director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever) takes his time setting things up, laying a realistic foundation that makes the inevitable spilling of much blood all the more gruesome. The sardonic joke, of course, is that Americans are worth the most in this brothel of blood because everyone else in the world wants to take revenge upon them. This dark humor and political subtext help set Hostel above its more brainless sadistic compatriots, like House of Wax or The Devil's Rejects. In general, though, there's something lacking; horror used to suggest some threat to the spirit--today's horror can conceive of nothing more troubling than torturing the flesh. For aficionados, Hostel features a nice cameo by Takashi Miike, director of bloody Japanese flicks like Audition and Ichi the Killer. --Bret Fetzer