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
The tourist office in Slovakia invited Roth to a trip with all the expenses paid to show him that the country was not made up of abandoned factories and children who killed for chewing gum. For his part Roth said that the film was not meant to be offensive, ensuring that "Americans do not even know that this country exists. My film is not a geographical work, but aims to show the ignorance of Americans about the world around them. Roth has repeated many times that, despite movies like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, people continue to go to Texas. See more »
(at around 8 mins) The street sign in Amsterdam says Heerengrachtstraat, gracht being the Dutch word for canal and straat being the Dutch word for street. The name is actually just Heerengracht without the -straat- at the end. See more »
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 »
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.
This movie is a clear step above most horror movies. It helps raise the bar for all horror movies by simply having a nice mix of movie elements that work well together.
Basically, the movie is about three American college guys who venture out of Amsterdam and into a region of Slovakia looking for more extreme female interaction. Once they arrive, they begin to suspect that everything may not be as good as it seems when one by one they start disappearing.
Although this seems like a typical horror plot, the movie is well-done and believable. The European scenery, interesting characters, decent dialog and fast-moving pace of the movie completely separate it from the typical "waste of time" horror movies.
I also give the director high marks for not making this a gore-fest and overfocusing on nothing but blood and guts. The result is that he has created a real movie - and a good one.
This is a pretty decent horror flick. If you're in the mood for this kind of movie and don't want a mindless slasher-fest, this will do nicely.
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