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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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Storyline

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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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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Box Office

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 porn film the guard at the factory watches on the DVD player is Sex Fever (2003), the X-rated parody of Roth's first film Cabin Fever (2002). See more »

Goofs

In the scene with the torture of the "American" character, we can see the man inflicting the torture is visibly uncomfortable. At one point, he removes his face mask from his left ear, but the right ear remains on. Moments later, he's seen in the reflection of the mirror replacing the strap on the right ear, as it hangs from his left. See more »

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[first lines]
Paxton: Amsterdam, motherfucker!
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At the very end of the credits, the character of Natalya is heard to say, "I get a lot of money for you... and that make you my bitch". This is a piece of audio lifted from an earlier scene in the film. See more »

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5 Seconds
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Good horror, non-existent story
20 December 2005 | by (Hermosa Beach, CA - United States) – See all my reviews

I like a rip-roaring horror movie as much as the next guy, but this one just didn't do it for me. It certainly felt like it hit all the necessary marks, from nudity and dismemberment to bloody revenge, but at the conclusion, it just felt like eating cotton candy - no real nutritional value, just a sense that I had satisfied some of my prurient appetite without any logical payoff.

The movie was slow in getting started and then the sprinted to a singularly boggling ending. I walked out of the theater asking, "What was the point of all that?" And while this is described as horror, it really should be classified as thriller. There was no explanation or clever twist at the end. Just the end. I'm sure that it will attract an enthusiastic audience of young adults, but the evisceration by the critics will stem any hopes of huge box office.

If your expectations are low enough, and your tastes in gore sufficiently robust, then you are in for a good time. Otherwise, skip this and see a classic Hitchcock film. You'll feel better about yourself.


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