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Hostel (2005)

 -  Horror  -  6 January 2006 (USA)
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Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.

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3 backpackers are in Amsterdam where they get locked out of their youth hostel. They are invited into a man's house where he tells them of a hostel somewhere in eastern Europe where the women are all incredibly hot and have a taste for American men. When they get there, everything is too good to be true - the hostel is "to die for" Written by CROESKE

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10,000 people are killed in America each year. Over 2,000 with firearms. Americans... they have no imagination... See more »

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Rated R for brutal scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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6 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$74,276 (South Africa) (28 April 2006)

Gross:

$197,565 (South Africa) (5 May 2006)
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Trivia

The actor playing the taxi driver in the scene where the travelers first enter Bratislava was so drunk on the morning of the shoot, that the crew replaced him with a sober stunt double. See more »

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The beginning of the movie takes place in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. One of the characters has a conversation in the Dutch language. However, the language he's speaking isn't actually Dutch, but German. See more »

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[first lines]
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Excellent Horror
15 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Damn, a lot of people hate this movie. And also, a lot of those people really don't know anything about horror. Horror creates mood, it leaves you tasteless, sometimes sad, but most of the times revolted. It isn't suppose to make you feel good about yourself, its quite the opposite. And the tension, followed by visceral violence is something found in almost every Horror movie. If you don't like Horror, why bash this film?. Horror is excess, whether it may be an excess of sex, violence, gore, psychological tension, etcetera; It is an excess of human behavior. Sometimes it shows us urban legends or myths about Haunted houses and possessed spirits. Other times it tells stories filled with monsters that go out at night to do unspeakable evil. And other times it shows us, the dark side of humanity. Cannibal Holocaust, Salo, Last House on the Left, Man behind the Sun, Guinea pig: Devils experiment and now Hostel. This is the second movie by acclaimed filmmaker Eli Roth aka The messiah of modern American Horror. It is gruesome, violent, tense, funny and it is also, a damn good horror movie.

The story follows Three backpackers, out on the road to find women, drugs, sex and more women. They do find all this, but in the end they find something worse. Something nightmares are made of. A place where people go to torture and kill innocent people, by paying unquestionable amounts of cash. The film begins slowly, introducing the characters of Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson and Eythor Gudjonsson as the three guys out looking for some fun. While many people say the first half is basically a porn movie...they are right. But, it is necessary. The slow and silly pace is just to prepare you for the horror that is to come in the next half hour. And the thought of a place like this existing is very terrifying, almost to the point of you taking the option as to not travel again. This is also Eli's way at poking fun at the recent teen slashers that plague movie theaters every year. While the script is very original, I have to admit it has its shares of plot holes. From the kids gang, to the motives of the women to lure men, and to the torturers themselves, it isn't very explained, but these minor flaws don't hurt the movie.

The acting is decent. Jay Hernandez did an OK job, while not great. However Derek Richardson deserves recognition for the acting he gave in this film, especially during the torture sequences. A special cameo by Takashi Miike is always great, even if his line kinda sucks. And the ever great Rick Hoffman gives the most chilling performance in the whole movie, embodying a degenerate psycho to the T.

Howard Berger and Gregory Nicotero do and excellent job in the make up effects department. These two guys were the brains behind the special makeup effects for Evil dead 2 and Day of the dead, and it quite nice seeing them lending their expertise to Eli. The gore was very well done, even though there wasn't that many to begin with. The eye scene was the best gore scene in the whole movie.

Overall, Hostel is one of the best horror experiences to date. Ever since 2002, good mainstream horror movies have been coming out of nowhere: Saw, Cabin Fever, 28 Days Later, Haute Tension, Wolf Creek, The Descent and of course Hostel (Neither House of a 1000 Corpses and TDR aren't mentioned, because as they're director, are overrated). In the end, Hostel is a good sign of Horror Movies to come in the near future; Real horror ain't dead yet. An 8/10.


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