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Hostel (2005)

R | | 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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Eli Roth

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Eli Roth
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lubomír Bukový ... Alex
Jana Havlickova 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 Milda Jedi Havlas ... Desk Clerk Jedi
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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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Welcome To Your Worst Nightmare See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hostal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,556,099, 8 January 2006

Gross USA:

$47,326,473

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,578,934
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes in Amsterdam are not shot in Amsterdam. The house, streets, and cars are Eastern European. A shot in the film shows a castle on a hill and a long bridge over a river, but there is none of this in Amsterdam. See more »

Goofs

While most of the movie is supposed to happen in Slovakia, the filmmakers didn't even try to make it authentic as all of the signs are in Czech language. They did not even bother to remove all Czech signs at the train station which should be in Austria. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Paxton: Amsterdam, motherfucker!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The unrated DVD contains three additions that weren't in the theatrical version:
  • 1. A close-up of the German Surgeon's severed leg after it's cut off by the chainsaw.
  • 2. A slightly extended take of Kana's eye being cut off and the subsequent puss.
  • 3. A close-up of the train crushing Kana's head during her suicide.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Some Kinda Freak
Written by Orpheus Dejournette & Mikael Johnston
Performed by Mephisto Odyssey
Courtesy of Warner Bros Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Hostel Skirts Hype And Manages New Horror
13 December 2007 | by loganx-2See all my reviews

This is a film for horror fans, if you don't really, really like horror films(gore included), I mean really, than don't see it. The first half of the film before the characters arrive at their destination is all frat boyish American fantasy European road trip film, which is later mirrored and satirized in the events of horror that actually take place. Though the film is full of extreme gore and violence(and a pretty cool ode to "Suicide Club"), there was a lot more subtlety to the story than I expected, though I cant imagine too many people really looking at it for anything other than the violence. It was a lot better than I expected, but not "the scariest film ever" that it is claimed to be. I'm also sick of Quentin Tarintino sticking his name on everything, its just a trick to confuse people who aren't paying attention, and as always giving him way more credit than he deserves(see Hero). There are also subtle themes about globalization and exploitation here, a critical view of the American and westerner in general who feel they can "buy" anything, which also asks us as "horror" fans what "price" we are willing to pay to see our violent collective fantasies laid out.


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