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Hostel (2005)

R | | Horror | 6 January 2006 (USA)
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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$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$47,277,326 (USA) (10 February 2006)
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Eli Roth wrote the role of Oli for Eythor Gudjonsson after he met him doing press for Cabin Fever (2002) in Iceland. Roth was so taken with Eythor's charisma and charm, he promised he'd put him in a movie one day. Eythor was surprised when he saw that Roth had followed through with his promise, and happily accepted the role. See more »

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The two girls talking to Paxton say to him, "Sprechen Sie Deutsch?" but the closed caption spells it phonetically as "spreken ze deutsch?" See more »

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[first lines]
Paxton: Amsterdam, motherfucker!
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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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