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Hostel -- Presented by Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2) and directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), Hostel is a shocking and relentless film in the tradition of Saw about two American backpackers (Jay Hernandez, Friday Night Lights and Derek Richardson, Dumb and Dumberer) in Europe who find themselves lured in as victims of a murder-for-profit business.
Hostel -- Three backpackers head to a Slovakian city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
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Writer (WGA):
Eli Roth (written by)
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Release Date:
6 January 2006 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Welcome To Your Worst Nightmare See more »
Plot:
Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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4 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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
Lubomír Bukový ... Alex
Jana Havlickova ... Vala

Rick Hoffman ... The American Client

Petr Janis ... The German Surgeon

Takashi Miike ... Miike Takashi

Patrik Zigo ... Bubble Gum Gang Leader (as Zigo Patrik)
Milda Jedi Havlas ... Desk Clerk Jedi
Martin Kubacák ... The Scarred Cab Driver
Miroslav Táborský ... The Friendly Police Officer
Paula Wild ... Monique
Vladimír Silhavecký ... Yuri
Barbora Oboznenková ... Disco Girl

Daniel Frisch ... Fanny Pack Man
Radomil Uhlir ... The Stoned Manager
Jan Spanbauer ... Jacket Man
Mirek Navratil ... Dutch Bouncer
Vanessa Jungova ... Saskia
Katerina Vomelova ... Dominique
Lubos Vinicky ... Angry Dutch Elf
Petr Sedlácek ... The Toothless Cab Driver
Drahoslav Herzan ... Bob
Daniela Bakerová ... Older Woman
Martina Kralickova ... Pretty Woman
Ota Filip ... Muttonchop
Jakub Habarta ... Slovak Bus Boy

Philip Waley ... Alfie

Mark Taylor ... Brucey
Nick Roe ... Stan
Roman Janecka ... Bottle Thrower
Natali Tothova ... Natalya Shemp
Sandy Style ... Svetlana Shemp (as Petra Kubesova)
David Baxa ... Museum Tortury Guard (as Lord David Baxa)
Gabriel Roth ... Sir Robert Wappus
Miroslav Hanus ... The Nasty Police Officer

Christopher Allen Nelson ... Dutch Police Officer
Josef Bradna ... The Butcher
Zina Blahusova ... Girl
Katerina Cervenkova ... Girl
Veronika Petrová ... Girl
Kristina Kosunova ... Girl
Karel Hrosek ... Girl
Mugi Lhagvadorj ... Girl
Ashley Robbins ... Girl (as Jana Semradova)
Hana Dibelkova ... Girl
Anita Queen ... Girl (as Alena Chrastinova)
Klara Smetanova ... Girl
Petra Slavikova ... Girl
Katrina Henesova ... Girl
Hana Vitvarová ... Girl (as Hana Vitvarova)
Mark Bakunas ... Rock God
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephanie Bauman ... Axelle's Next Victim #1 (uncredited)

Anne Bergstedt ... German Disco Girl (uncredited)
Martin Faltýn ... Senior Cozzi (uncredited)
Michaela Kaplanova ... Todd's Hooker (uncredited)

Eli Roth ... American Stoner (uncredited)
Iveta Rucka ... Stuart's Hooker (uncredited)
Karel Vanásek ... Devilku Puppet (uncredited)

Directed by
Eli Roth 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Eli Roth (written by)

Produced by
Chris Briggs .... producer
Mike Fleiss .... producer
Daniel Frisch .... co-producer
Eli Roth .... producer
Scott Spiegel .... executive producer
Quentin Tarantino .... executive producer
Philip Waley .... co-producer
Boaz Yakin .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Nathan Barr 
 
Cinematography by
Milan Chadima 
 
Film Editing by
George Folsey Jr. 
 
Casting by
Filipp Grammatikos 
Ivan Vorlícek 
Kelly Wagner 
Sigrún Sól Ólafsdóttir  (Casting Director, Iceland) (as Sigrun Sol Olafsdottir)
 
Production Design by
Franco-Giacomo Carbone 
 
Art Direction by
David Baxa 
 
Set Decoration by
Karel Vanásek 
 
Costume Design by
Franco-Giacomo Carbone 
Paloma Soledad  (as Paloma Candelaria)
 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... on-set makeup effects artist
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects designer and creator
Jana Dopitová .... makeup artist
Klaudie Havlova .... additional makeup artist
Kveta Holasova .... additional makeup artist
Grady Holder .... mold department: K.N.B. EFX Group
Rini Lemanova .... key makeup artist
Lorraine Martin .... assistant makeup artist
Christopher Allen Nelson .... on-set makeup effects artist (as Chris Nelson)
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects designer and creator (as Gregory Nicotero)
Andy Schoneberg .... makeup designer
Kevin Wasner .... on-set makeup effects artist
Stuart Conran .... life casting (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Philip Waley .... unit production manager
Pavlina Zipkova .... production manager: Czech
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roman Janecka .... first assistant director: Czech Republic
Roman Janecka .... second unit director
Petra Ratner .... third assistant director (as Petra Meisnerova)
Philip Seeger .... second assistant director
Mark Taylor .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Milan Babik .... property master
Radan Kapinos .... stand-by props
Alice Cortes Kheilova .... assistant to art director
Martina Ter-Akopowá .... art department coordinator
Zbynek Trojan .... stand-by construction
 
Sound Department
Kami Asgar .... adr supervisor
Bob Beemer .... sound re-recording mixer
Tomas Belohradsky .... sound mixer
Brian Best .... supervising sound editor
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Scott G.G. Haller .... supervising dialog editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist (as P.K. Spencer)
Tateum Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Herwig Maurer .... sound editor
Sean McCormack .... supervising sound editor
Fred Peck III .... sound re-recordist
Stuart Provine .... additional sound effects
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
P.K. Spencer .... foley artist
Petr Stuchlík .... boom operator
Marcelo Teson .... sound editor
Tim Tuchrello .... sound editor
Pavel Vencl .... boom operator
Bernhard Vogl .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Ozzy Alvarez .... lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Martin Mottl .... special effects technician
Martin Pryca .... special effects supervisor
Caleb Schneider .... special effects technician
Lindsay Vivian .... special effects runner
Jenny Wallace .... special effects runner
Kevin Wasner .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Ulysses Argetta .... digital compositor
Ozzie Carmona .... digital artist
Miro Gal .... location visual effects supervisor
Paul Hopkins .... matchmove artist
Robert Kurtzman .... visual effects supervisor
Jim O'Hagan .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
Franklin Purtiman .... digital effects artist
Greg Rodin .... lead camera: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Andrew Sagar .... digital compositor
Ondrej Stibinger .... telecine colorist dailies
Antonio Torres .... digital artist: Pacific Title
Alan Tuskes .... digital effects artist
Bob Wiatr .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
 
Stunts
Jindrich Klaus .... stunt double
Miroslav Lhotka .... stunts
Dimo Lipitkovsky .... stunts (as Dimo Liptkovsky)
Jiri Simberský .... stunts
Pavel Vokoun .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Libor Bruha .... first assistant camera
Petr Cejka .... electrician
Shane Daly .... additional cinematographer
Michal Houzvicka .... best boy grip: second unit
Ludek Hynek .... key grip
Ales Kohout .... electrician
Petr Konrád .... gaffer
Zbynek Kunc .... additional photographer
Zbynek Kunc .... focus puller
Filip Majer .... focus puller: second unit
Jan Matejka .... electrician
Zdenek Mrkvicka .... second assistant camera
Vlada Muller .... Steadicam operator
Martin Nahodil .... video playback operator
Radek Skudrna .... additional photographer
Radek Skudrna .... focus puller
Lukas Srajer .... grip
Martin Stepánek .... camera operator
Martin Stepánek .... director of photography: second unit
Dalibor Suchy .... electrician
Petr Sulc .... best boy
Stepan Svoboda .... additional photographer
Stepan Svoboda .... assistant camera
Martin Tichy .... electrician
Rico Torres .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Ineke de Vos .... casting: Netherlands
Jennifer Rudolph .... casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jitka Novotna .... wardrobe supervisor
Hana Rambova .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Ian Elias .... post-production assistant
Marc Fisher .... finishing editor
Michael T. Forrest .... on-line editor
Charles Kaplan .... associate editor
Jacquelyn Karambelas .... post-production assistant (as Jacquelyn Dean)
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer
Brad E. Wilhite .... associate editor
Lawrence Howard Williams .... post digital media operator
 
Music Department
Gerry Cueller .... music supervisor
Greg Danylyshyn .... music supervisor
Michael Farrow .... music scoring mixer
Karen Guthery .... orchestrator
Rick Hernandez .... musician
Penka Kouneva .... lead orchestrator
Thomas D. Mahoney .... music coordinator
Petr Pycha .... orchestra contractor
Brian Richards .... music editor
Allan Wilson .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Jan Strasik .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Travis Baker .... researcher
Mark Bakunas .... production accountant
Peter Block .... acquisitions executive
Tawnya Brown .... assistant: Mr. Fleiss
Veronika Brtova .... production assistant
Marketa Dankova .... production assistant
Eva Dvorakova .... on-set medic
Olina Edney .... production secretary
Jakub Eliasek .... production assistant
Flax Glor .... publicist
Milda Jedi Havlas .... production assistant
Charles Heaphy .... production financing
Vlasta Hynek .... production coordinator
Kazi Kopecka .... script supervisor
Julie McLean .... assistant: Mr. Tarantino
Kevin Mockrin .... intern
Tony Muro .... publicist
Honza Ondrovcak .... location manager
Jan Ondrovcak .... location manager
Hynek Pantucek .... key loader
Gabriel Roth .... documentarian (as Gabe Roth)
Monica Sandstede .... story editor: Screen Gems
Pilar Savone .... assistant: Mr. Tarantino
David Skacelik .... production assistant
Jan Soufek .... production assistant
Jed Strahm .... assistant: Raw Nerve
Richard Tanne .... researcher
Quentin Tarantino .... presenter
Katherin-Ellen Zabehlicky .... production assistant
Vladimir Kesl .... computer technician (uncredited)
Jesse Rosenblatt .... legal services: co-production (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mick Garris .... special thanks
Peter Jackson .... very special thanks
Harry Jay Knowles .... very special thanks (as Harry Knowles)
Takashi Miike .... very special thanks
Fran Walsh .... very special thanks
Ísleifur Þórhallsson .... thanks (as Isleifur Thorhallsson)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for brutal scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use
Runtime:
94 min | Philippines:93 min (cut)
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Argentina:18 (cable rating) | Australia:R | Belgium:KNT | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 (DVD rating) | Chile:18 (with warning) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) | Finland:K-15 (TV) (2009) | France:-16 (with warning) | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (extended version) | Germany:18 (nf) | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) (theatrical) | Malaysia:18SG (unrated DVD version) | Mexico:D | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 (self applied) (with warning) | Philippines:R-18 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/18 | Russia:18+ | Singapore:R21 (cut) | Singapore:M18 (edited TV version) | South Africa:16 | South Korea:Limited (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (cut) | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-18 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #42205) | USA:Unrated (director's cut)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Eli Roth put nearly every single crew member in the film, including production accountant Mark Bakunas, who appears on a poster in the background of three different scenes for his fictional rock band, 'Bakunas and the Essential Elements.' The other members of the band on the poster are producers Mike Fleiss and Chris Briggs, Co-Producer Daniel Frisch, Production and Costume Designer Franco-Giacomo Carbone, and Roth.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the one street kid throws a stone onto the man's head from the window you can see blood on his head before the stone hits him.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Paxton:Amsterdam, motherfucker!
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Movie Connections:
References The Shining (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
The SurgeonSee more »

FAQ

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500 out of 829 people found the following review useful.
Moral Choices and the Dark Side of Humanity, 20 December 2005
Author: BigMez from United States

I just got back from an L.A. screening of Hostel. I haven't seen an effective horror film like this in a long time. My stomach was still knotted up after we left the screening. The last time I felt like that was when I saw ALIENS for the first time about 19 years ago. Since then, no other horror film has ever made me feel like that. I certainly didn't expect it from this one. As much as I loved Cabin Fever, I'm not blind to the shortcomings of its script. As such,I was expecting more of the same from Hostel - dark humor, gore, and a sense of dread. I'm happy to see that director Eli Roth has taken a big step forward in becoming a better storyteller and filmmaker.

Admittedly my heart sank when the film began. The scenes introducing the main characters were blandly shot and edited. All I could think was, 'Oh no. Roth succumbed to some unseen studio pressure to make a normal-looking horror flick'. The style was typical of the what you'd see in crap like I know what you did last summer. But in very subtle ways, the blandness gets washed away and as our heroes enter the threshold of Hell, the style of the film changes as well. This, I learned during the Q&A afterwards with Roth, was intentional.

If you've read some of the other reviews posted here from people who saw it at the Toronto Film Festival, you get the general idea of the story. Contrary to what you might've heard, this is not a 90 minute film on torture. The torture scenes are brief and to the point. Roth doesn't wallow in pointless gore. And this is where I think it shows how he's improved as a filmmaker. He's more interested in scenes and ideas that move the story forward. Yes, there is plenty of gore, but it's relevant to the story and doesn't exist just for it's own sake.

One of the aspects of this film that made it so powerful was how Roth created a sense of helpless and inevitability. He provides the dark setup, throws in a sympathetic character, and begins twisting the screws and ratcheting up the suspense. This isn't a movie where you turn off your brain to enjoy it. On the contrary. The more you think about it, the more horrifying it becomes. You begin putting yourself into the character's situation and wondering what you'd do. When you realize that there is no hope for the character, no way to escape, no 'buddy' who's gonna turn up at the last minute to save the hero, and not a shred of humanity or compassion to the antagonists, real fear begins to set in.

Another great element in the script is how the 'survivor' makes moral choices that define their character. Instead of being merely reactive like the characters in Cabin Fever, the survivor makes several decisions which change the course of the story. It's a sign of well thought-out script and a filmmaker who cares about the fate of his characters.

For horror fans, this is an absolute must-see. It's so refreshing to see a horror movie that actually makes you feel uncomfortable and one in which you have no idea what's going to happen next. As for the gore, I was surprised by what they got away with. Although there were no credits at the end of the film, the cut I saw was rated R by the MPAA and according to Roth, he didn't cut anything out.

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