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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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Shen mer tsui huai neng fa sheng (What's the worst that could happen) 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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Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA)  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,556,099 (USA) (6 January 2006)

Gross:

$47,277,326 (USA) (10 February 2006)
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Eli Roth: [youthful and culture clash] The kids in Cabin Fever (2002) and both "Hostel" films all leave their home environments to go somewhere they can behave irresponsibly with no repercussions. This behavior ultimately leads to their demise. Another trademark of Roth's is culture clash. In "Cabin Fever" it's suburban vs. rural, in the "Hostel" films it's West and East. See more »

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At the railroad station in Germany stands as an advertising "Neu am DVD", grammar should be "Neu auf DVD". See more »

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Paxton: Amsterdam, motherfucker!
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References The Mansion of Madness (1973) See more »

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V Slepych Ulickach
Written by Meky Zbirka and Kamil Peteraj
Performed by Meky Zbirka and Marika Gombitová
Courtesy of Opus Records
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Good idea...turned to generic garbage.
15 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie really could have been so much more. The idea would have been much better off with someone who actually wanted to make a decent movie, instead of a porno gorefest. The first half of the movie consists almost entirely of sex, talk of sex, drugs, and talk of drugs. Instead of, hey, maybe develop the characters a little so the audience might care about them and make their plights a little more tense, the filmmakers decided to have a lot of party scenes and annoying main characters acting like idiots until, uh oh, we didn't plan on being tortured, oops! The sad thing is, there are hints of something more intelligent beneath the surface, but the surface is piled so high with garbage that it's lost. For example, while at a sex club (wow, original!) one of the characters mentions something along the lines of "paying to do anything you want to a person," of course he means sexually, but we know the basic plot of the movie involves the same concept with death and torture instead of sex. One of the characters is supposed to seem like a nice guy, but still never really develops enough for us to care. The main character has absolutely no depth other than a childhood story and his shallow interaction with his friend. The last half or so of the movie actually starts to gain momentum, and the first half not been an entire waste of film, I could have walked away with more than a feeling that I'd just watched 15 minutes of an okay movie, and an hour and fifteen minutes of porn and senseless gore. Sadly enough, the idea of this movie was put into the wrong hands. A little less than halfway through, my friend turned to me and said, "Maybe I picked up the wrong movie..." to which I replied, "Yeah, I think you got Eurotrip by accident." I am baffled as to why they decided to write the first half like they did. I guess I was hoping for something deeper. Don't watch this expecting anything special, be ready for lots of nudity and lots of incredibly disturbing gore mixed randomly, the two not even seeming to fit like they would in a slasher flick.


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