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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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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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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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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The interior of the slaughterhouse was filmed at a functioning mental hospital in Prague built in 1910, in a wing that had been closed for over 50 years. Building 10, where many of the scenes were filmed, was where the craziest patients were taken. The basement was so creepy that Eli Roth had a string quartet playing classical music to make it feel cozier while shooting. 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 »

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[first lines]
Paxton: Amsterdam, motherfucker!
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Eli Roth Thanks The Boston Redsox See more »

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In the German version, the dialogue that was in German has been changed to Spanish. See more »

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State of the art in intense horror
20 December 2005 | by car-24See all my reviews

As a rule, I find horror films a little tiresome, but Hostel starts with a great premise and slowly builds up to some outrageous horror. The film tips its hat to some of the classics, and there's even a delightful cameo of Pulp Fiction playing in the background. It's not good that the premise of the movie is revealed in the IMDb listing as you don't learn the truth until near the end of the movie and it all starts to make a lot more sense. One thing about horror films which has always bugged me is that the bad guys never seem real to me, as if they are some kind of limitless satanic evil or whatever. In Hostel, by contrast, we really believe that the scenario is very plausible and for that, all the more frightening. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this kind of thing goes on in certain parts of the world. As far as maximum creep value, I saw it in a packed house at a screening in Beverly Hills last night, and many in the audience couldn't take it and ran out -- one guy was retching in the bathroom and was too scared to leave! The organizer had to talk him down and call one of his friends to take him home. The director was there for a Q&A which will be on the Creative Screen writing Magazine podcast, and he said that at one test screening they had to call a ambulances for two different people. It appears that the explicit sex, torture and violence will not be toned down for the theatrical release and it will still have an R rating instead of NC-17 which most of us thought it deserved. The trick, is that there is no sex during the violent scenes, and no violence in the sex scenes, which makes the MPAA more comfortable. By the way, this was shot near Prague, and is amazingly beautiful to look at -- I was there a month ago and the place is like something out of a fairy tale (unlike most historic European areas, there isn't a McDonalds every hundred feet). The ending is very, very satisfying yet believable and unforced. The audience was screaming, gasping, cheering, and hiding their faces at all the right moments. Eli's interview was a hoot, also, so check out the podcast once they post it on itunes. It's worth it for no other reason than to hear his anti-Union rant!


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