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Hostel 3 (2011)

30 December 2011 2:25 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by: Scott Spiegel

Written by: Michael D. Weiss

Featuring: Brian Hallisay, Kelly Thiebaud, Kip Pardue, Skyler Stone, John Hensley

When the recipe calls for "torture porn," Eli Roth seems to be the first go-to name on everyone's list due to his work with the Hostel franchise.

Though it is a film full of gratuitous nudity, ultraviolent gore and unflinching profanity that has garnered a lot of flack from critics over the years, I still enjoyed the first Hostel enough to check out the sequels and bear the crosses of their disappointments. The idea of going backpacking in Europe and being kidnapped by hostile foreigners is a really clever and frightening concept; part of the effectiveness of the original two films was the forbidding, unfamiliar terrain of eastern Europe, where the government is lax and the people can get away with murder.

When I saw the trailer for Hostel 3, I wasn't overly impressed. »

- Amanda Rebholz

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Review: Hostel Part: III DVD

30 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Whether we wanted it or not, we were always going to get another Hostel movie. The first one was a surprise hit for Lionsgate and I'd imagine the second one made up for a soft theatrical release with strong DVD and Blu-ray sales. I'm bringing up the business side of it because Hostel Part III in no way feels like any kind of personal vision that needed to be put onscreen--this was a dollars and cents movie and for certain segment of horror movie fandom, the Hostel brand is still a thing. Yes, you can count me among them, and I say that I still really dig the grubby vibe Eli Roth conjured up in the first two films and appreciate them as being, well »

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Hostel: Part III

29 December 2011 1:10 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

In a way, Hostel: Part III feels like an attempt to bridge the divide between its own franchise and the Hangover series, and not just in the superficial Las Vegas connection. Both series revel in placing ugly Americans in horrific situations they unwittingly placed themselves in through their own arrogance and indulgence, and playing out those consequences in locales barely more developed than the hedonistic protagonists. But if anything, Hostel has always been less sparing in its viciousness, and the glimmery streets of Vegas are a poor substitute for the industrial villages of Eastern Europe. Hostel Part III may intermittently show signs of life, but the series sorely misses Eli Roth.

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- Anders Nelson

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Black’S Game (2012) Teaser Trailer, Poster: Óskar Thór Axelsson

28 December 2011 5:23 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Black’s Game Trailer, Poster. Óskar Thór Axelsson‘s Black’s Game (2012) teaser trailer, movie poster stars Thor Kristjansson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, María Birta, Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, and Damon Younger. Black’s Game‘s plot synopsis: “In the mid to late 90′s, the Reykjavik crime and drug scene saw a drastic change from a relatively small and innocent world into a much more aggressive and violent one.. The film tells the story of this change through the fictional gang of pushers that took control of Iceland’s underworld.”

The Black’s Game movie poster:

Black’s Game poster

 

The Black’s Game (Svartur á Leik) teaser trailer looks like a solid crime movie. Hopefully it will be right up there with Animal Kingdom. That goal is achievable since its “executive produced by Nicholas Winding Refn and Chris Briggs, producer of the Hostel films”.

Watch the Black’s Game teaser trailer »

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Review: Hostel: Part III

27 December 2011 4:01 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

No horror fan is excited to hear that the next installment of their favorite franchise is going to be a direct-to-video release. Most of these films are cheap cash-ins that lack any kind of plot, talented actors, or an experienced director. When it was revealed that Hostel: Part III would be a direct-to-video effort, fans were understandably skeptical, but this film attempts to break mold and succeeds on multiple levels.

To mix things up from the first two films, Hostel: Part III moves the Elite Hunting Club to Las Vegas and why not? Out of all the cities United States, Las Vegas is arguably the best place to set up shop. There are plenty of tourists to kidnap, bored millionaires who need new ways to spend their money, and plenty of open land to hide your establishment.

The film starts out similar to The Hangover and features a group of »

- Jonathan James

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Black's Game Teaser

27 December 2011 5:58 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Based on a controversial book about Iceland's seedy underbelly, which is largely based on real events and people, the film Black's Game (Svartur á Leik) revolves around how a young man is pulled in to the world of organized crime. Far from being glamorous the film directs its eye on the dark and the gritty reality of drug trafficking and casts a light on what many Icelanders refuse to even believe it exists in their picture perfect country. The film is produced by Zik Zak, producers of Noi the Albino and The Good Heart and commercial production house Filmus and is executive produced by Nicholas Winding Refn and Chris Briggs, producer of the Hostel films. The film is written and directed by first time feature director »

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'Hostel III' Set Visit - Part One

26 December 2011 5:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Four years after Hostel: Part II, the franchise that helped to define the torture porn sub-genre returns with direct-to-video Hostel: Part III, hitting stores December 27th, 2011. For anyone sick of that sweet Christmas cheer, the latest Hostel promises some stomach-turning bloodshed to help you get back to the dark side.  Series creator and director of the first two films, Eli Roth, is uninvolved with the latest entry, helmed by longtime Sam Raimi cohort Scott Spiegel (From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money). The locale also shifts from Slovakia to Sin City, though producers probably should have given some consideration to setting the film right where it was being shot, in an economically devastated »

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Exclusive Interview: Scott Spiegel talks Hostel: Part III

23 December 2011 5:19 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hostel: Part III will be released on DVD next week and I recently had the opportunity to speak with director Scott Spiegel about the film. For those unfamiliar with Scott’s work, he’s no stranger to horror or the Hostel franchise. He served as producer on both Hostel and Hostel: Part II, was co-writer of Evil Dead 2 and has directed Intruder and From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money.

Scott and I talked about moving the Elite Hunting Club to Las Vegas, Eli Roth’s earlier idea for a new Hostel film, my favorite death scene from the movie, and the possibility of Hostel: Part IV.

**Spoiler Warning- While the interview is mostly spoiler-free, the interview does discuss death scenes and minor plot items**

Was the idea for Hostel: Part III something you pitched to Sony or did they approach you?

Scott Spiegel: They came to me. »

- Jonathan James

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Exclusive: Dread Central Visits the Set of Hostel Part III

22 December 2011 1:27 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It was back on Friday, September 17, 2010, that I flew to Detroit, Michigan, for a set visit of director Scott Spiegel’s then-filming Hostel Part III (which releases direct-to-dvd via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on December 27th). As my flight descended toward Detroit Metro and I looked through the plane’s windows at the city below, the metropolis seemed a sadly appropriate location to film the third installment in the historically bleak Hostel series.

The gray skies and dormant smokestacks and brick buildings set beneath it effortlessly communicated the economically ravaged Slovakia in which the preceding films took place, and as I would find, my set visit would touch me deeply, more for the ravaged state of this once great American city than the blood the filmmaker would spill in it, however.

With Michigan then offering a 42% tax rebate (higher at the time than any other state’s film incentive program, »

- SeanD.

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Get Dressed Up For This New ‘Hostel 3’ Clip

21 December 2011 8:08 PM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Next week, your local Redbox kiosk will be flooded with copies of the direct to DVD sequel Hostel: Part 3.  As soon as we get our hands on it, we will send a review your way.  For now, here is a new clip for you to see.

Banking off the two highly successful Eli Roth directed movies (neither film was that good in my opinion), the third installment has the every exclusive Hunting Club operating out of Las Vegas. Here is the official plot details and new clip from the film.

Hostel: Part 3 brings the underground world of the notorious Elite Hunting Club to “Sin City”, where human torture has been turned into a high stakes gambling opportunity.

High stakes gambling takes on a sinister new meaning in this third chapter of the terrifying Hostel series. While attending a bachelor party in Las Vegas, four friends are enticed by »

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Get Infested With an Exclusive Clip from Hostel Part III

20 December 2011 10:46 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Time once again to hit you sickos off with some mayhem that's sure to get you itchy. Grab your can of Raid, slip into your Tyvek suit, and dig on this exclusive clip from Hostel Part III (review here)!

Hostel Part III debuts on Unrated DVD and Digital Download on December 27th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Scott Spiegel from a screenplay by Michael D. Weiss, Hostel Part III stars Brian Hallisay (TV’s "Privileged"), Kip Pardue (Remember the Titans), John Hensley (TV’s "As the World Turns"), Chris Coy (TV’s "True Blood"), Skyler Stone (TV’s "Raising Hope") and Sarah Habel (Whip It).

Bonus materials include a commentary with director Scott Spiegel (From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money) and actor Kip Pardue.

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High stakes gambling takes on a sinister new meaning in this third chapter of the terrifying Hostel series. While attending a bachelor party in Las Vegas, »

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Hostel: Part III – New Clip Released

20 December 2011 11:57 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hostel: Part III will be available on DVD next week and keep an eye out for our review and additional features later this week. Until then, a new clip from the film has been released and we’ve included it for you to watch.

Hostel: Part 3 brings the underground world of the notorious Elite Hunting Club to “Sin City”, where human torture has been turned into a high stakes gambling opportunity.

High stakes gambling takes on a sinister new meaning in this third chapter of the terrifying Hostel series. While attending a bachelor party in Las Vegas, four friends are enticed by two sexy escorts to join them at a private party way off the Strip. Once there, they are horrified to find themselves the subjects of a perverse game of torture, where members of the Elite Hunting Club are hosting the most sadistic show in town.”

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- Jonathan James

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Exclusive: Hostel's Best of the Worst Video (Very Gory)

19 December 2011 10:52 AM, PST | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

Sony Pictures sent us an exclusive look at 'Hostel's Best of the Worst' video clip. This video is great if you can take all the gore. The video contains some of the goriest and most disturbing scenes from the Hostel film series, including Hostel, Hostel: Part II and Hostel: Part III. Keep a barf bag handy, and Don't Watch This At Work! Hostel: Part III will be released straight to DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download unrated on December 27, 2011, and is directed by Scott Spiegel, written by Michael Weiss and stars Kip Pardue, Brian Hallisay, Sarah Habel, John Hensley, Skyler Stone, Chris Coy, and Thomas Kretschmann. »

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The House Of Horror Podcast Episode 37: Hostel: Part III

16 December 2011 7:17 PM, PST | Horrorbid | See recent Horrorbid news »

This week Joe and Tom review Hostel: Part III and talk about what makes a good torture porn movie these days. They also get into the directors The ABC's Of Death, Eli Roth's new Netflix horror series and the new Viral teaser trailer. They move into the What We Watched segment discussing The Saw franchise, The Hills Run Red and We Need To Talk About Kevin upon others. In House Announcements Review Hostel Part III (Spoilers: 21:30-24:20) New… »

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Movie Review: 'Hostel 3'

14 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

As any astute horror fan knows by now, Eli Roth's Hostel (2005) and Hostel Part 2 (2007) took place in a sleazy and hopefully fictional version of Slovakia. This setting afforded the writer/director ample opportunity to explore concepts like xenophobia, cultural egocentricity, and American provincialism -- but explore them in a decidedly creepy, disturbing, gory, and occasionally amusing fashion. While some are content to dismiss these horror films as "torture porn" (an ignorant term if ever there was one), those who take horror cinema a bit more seriously may appreciate the way Hostel and its sequel try to use cross-cultural discomfort as a springboard to some decidedly extreme payoffs. In other words, the first »

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Netflix Bits: Netflix Supports Amendment to Video Privacy Protection Act, Verizon Considering Buying Netflix?, Netflix Close to Finalizing Deal for Eli Roth’s ‘Hemlock Grove’

13 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Netflix's shares may have dropped over the past several months, but as a news topic, the company is as popular as ever. After the jump: Netflix supports a bill that would allow it to share your video rental and streaming choices with your friends Rumor has it Verizon may be looking to buy Netflix Netflix takes yet another step into original programming with Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove. Over the past few years, we've gotten used to sharing our locations on Foursquare, our musical tastes on Spotify, and our recently read articles on Facebook -- and if Netflix has its way, we'll soon be divulging our cinematic selections online as well. The company is putting its weight behind a bill in Congress that seeks to amend the Video Privacy Protection Act, which currently requires companies to get a customer's permission before disclosing which videos you've rented or seen. If the new bill passes, »

- Angie Han

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Netflix to order 13 Episodes of Hemlock Grove Horror Series from Eli Roth

13 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The success of shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story have prompted the creation of other similar TV series. Deadline reports that Netflix is close to a deal with Gaumont International Television for a 13-episode series order to Hemlock Grove, an hourlong thriller/horror series executive produced and directed by Eli Roth. This will be the first TV project for The Hostel creator.

Hemlock Grove is based on Brian McGreevy’s upcoming gothic horror novel of the same name, which hits shelves on March 27. The story is set against the “backdrop of our darkest myths, adolescent deceptions, ravenous relationships and rumors of a werewolf, the series re-imagines everything it means to be a monster as reflected in the struggle to be human.” McGreevy and his writing partner Lee Shipman are adapting the book and co-writing the screenplay. The duo is currently penning a reimagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula for Warner Bros, »

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Eli Roth Producing and Directing Hemlock Grove for Netflix

12 December 2011 4:22 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

You know, despite its waning popularity, we're still rooting for Netflix to get itself together and win back the hearts of consumers lost when they went batshit a few months ago. Hopefully this latest bit of news will give it the nudge in the right direction that it so desperately needs.

According to Deadline, Netflix is finalizing a deal with Gaumont International Television for a 13-episode series order of Hemlock Grove, an hour-long thriller/horror series executive produced and directed by Eli Roth. This marks the first foray into television for top horror feature writer-director-producer Roth, creator of the Hostel franchise.

Hemlock Grove is based on Brian McGreevy’s upcoming Gothic horror novel of the same name, which will be released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on March 27th. Set against the backdrop of our darkest myths, adolescent deceptions, ravenous relationships and rumors of a werewolf, the series re-imagines everything »

- Uncle Creepy

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Roth Off To Hemlock Grove

12 December 2011 4:02 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Online DVD/streaming service Netflix has been ploughing ahead with plans to become a TV show provider in its own right. The latest move? Working on a deal with Hostel writer/director Eli Roth to bring Hemlock Grove to the screen.By the time you read this, the ink should be drying on the contract for Roth and Brian McGreevy – who wrote the eponymous novel the show will be based on – to co-create 13 episodes.The book itself will be out in March and blends myths, legends, werewolf tales and relationship struggles into a murder mystery set in the titular small Pennsylvania town. The list of suspects narrows down to two lads, who must try to figure out the real killer before their lives become forfeit.McGreevy will collaborate with regular writing partner Lee Shipman, and the pair is well versed in horror tropes. They’re currently at work re-imagining Dracula for Warner Bros. »

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Eli Roth Returns to Directing... for Netflix. Will Helm 'Hemlock Grove' Series!

12 December 2011 3:02 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Netflix is finalizing a deal with Gaumont International Television for a 13-episode series order to "Hemlock Grove", an hourlong thriller/horror series executive produced and directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel), reports Deadline. "Hemlock Grove" is based on Brian McGreevys upcoming gothic horror novel of the same name, which will be released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on March 27. "Set against the backdrop of our darkest myths, adolescent deceptions, ravenous relationships and rumors of a werewolf, the series re-imagines everything it means to be a monster as reflected in the struggle to be human." McGreevy will help adapt his book, co-writing the script with his writing partner Lee Shipman. The feature writing duo, which has made multiple appearances on Hollywoods Black List of hot screenplays, is currently working on a reimagining of Bram Stokers Dracula for Warner Bros, Leonardo Dicaprios Appian Way and Mad Hatter Entertainment. »

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