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Movie synopsis
The hallowed tradition of the post-college European backpacking trip turns into an unimaginable nightmare for two unsuspecting American 20-somethings in Eli Roth's (CABIN FEVER) sensational second outing. Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) have embarked upon a hedonistic tour of the continent, and somewhere along the way they picked up an Icelandic lunk named Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson). In Amsterdam the trio partakes of the pastimes most dear to frat boys everywhere: weed, prostitutes, and nightclubs. But when a fellow traveler tells these thrill-seekers about the decadent scene that awaits them in Bratislava, they find themselves unable to resist its lures; enticed by the promise of a hostel full of beautiful girls who love Americans, they set out for the remote areas of Eastern Europe. There, the sex farce to which the film's first half is devoted slowly turns ominous, as the boys hook up immediately with the gorgeous Natalya (Barbara Nedeljakova) and Svetlana (Jana Kaderabkova), whose eagerness masks more sinister intentions.Soon, the disagreeable backpackers find themselves on the other side of the flesh trade, sold by the girls into an exclusive human trafficking operation that gives its customers the opportunity to torture and kill a helpless victim. Much of what follows consists of the squirm-inducing surgical horrors that characterize precursors such as SAW, with the implications regarding the capitalist system and the human soul becoming ever darker. Produced by Quentin Tarantino, the film amps up the gore factor as much as it can get away with, and, in the tradition of the best horror films, offers a satirical socially conscious commentary.

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  • Edition: Director's Cut; 2-Disc Special Edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 043396163225

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Genre:Horror/Suspense
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Editorial reviews

"HOSTEL confirms Roth as one of the brighter hopes for mainstream horror....His troubling climax lets us wallow in violent retribution."
Sight and Sound - Samuel Wigley (05/01/2006)

4 stars out of 5 -- "An excruciating, chilling and supremely entertaining horror thriller."
Ultimate DVD - Grant Kempster (09/01/2006)

4 stars out of 5 -- "Akin to '70s horror classics like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD or THE HILLS HAVE EYES, mordant allegories, cruelly funny."
Uncut - Allan Jones (09/01/2006)

"It's devastatingly effective....It's hands-over-your-eyes horrible, toe-curlingly savage and, eventually, strangely haunting."
Uncut - Ben Marshall (05/01/2006)

3 stars out of 5 -- "A backpackers-in-peril shocker that's happiest pummeling the gut..."
Total Film - Jamie Russell (09/01/2006)

"Roth digs deep into the nightmare of a society ruled by the profit of illicit desire." -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (01/13/2006)

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Created: 06/07/06

Beyond bad, oh so very bad.

Two adventurous American college buddies, Paxton and Josh, backpack through Europe eager to make quintessentially hazy travel memories with new friend Oli, an Icelander they've met along the way. Paxton and Josh are eventually lured by a fellow traveler to what's described as a nirvana for American backpackers--a particular hostel in an out-of-the-way Slovakian town stocked with Eastern European women as desperate as they are gorgeous. The two friends arrive and soon easily pair off with exotic beauties Natalya and Svetlana. In fact, too easily. Initially distracted by the good time they're having, the two Americans quickly find themselves trapped in an increasingly sinister situation that they will discover is as wide and as deep as the darkest, sickest recess of human nature itself--if they survive.

Why? Who sat back and said to themselves you know what a pornographic film is missing, it’s missing some sadomasochistic torture. Because that’s what Hostel is, it’s half porn and half the sickest most depraved ideas that can be splattered on the big screen masquerading as a film. The movie is utter and complete garbage, it hasn’t a single redeeming value and those who try to say that between all the bloodshed and gore that the movie tells a story are fooling themselves. Much like those in the movie who pay to torture another human being you yourself are like a voyeur into this world delighting in the brutality and the desensitizing of modern society. The characters in the movie did what the Nazi’s did to the Jews as they reveled in the torture and the death of others, yet if this movie was about Nazi’s torturing Jews rather than yuppies torturing tourists you would have been sickened to your very soul. Movies should have a purpose it can be nearly anything as long as they know they are movies. A movie could be purely for entertainment ala the popcorn film. It could be the emotional love story that is overly sappy and clichéd hence the chick flick. It can be political like Syriana need I say more. But when movies like Hostel come out that have no purpose other than to sicken and just simply go so far beyond what anyone else has ever done before at that point I must cry foul. Why don't we stop take a step back and admit that we have seen everything we could ever possibly see and instead focus on what we want to see. I don’t want to see people die gruesomely, I’d rather see love, I’d rather see mystery, I’d rather laugh and be happy then take a voyeuristic look into a world that I would never ever want to be apart of.

Near the end of this movie when Paxton finally takes some vengeance on the men who would commit such brutality you find yourself almost insanely cheering for him. It has nothing to do with Jay Hernandez performance as an actor nor does it have anything to do with the directing of Eli Roth or even the story itself, the reason you find yourself cheering so blindingly for him is that because the men he is about to kill our monsters. We have all heard stories of monsters as we have been tucked in for bed of ogres, giants and even goblins but the proprietors of this Hostel are true monsters. Their depravity is so far beyond anything that you could ever imagine that you cheer for and root for Paxton to eradicate them from the very earth. What does that say about the movie that it portrays such horror and sickness that you find yourself rooting for murder and death in a violent manner.

Words truly fail me on how much I disliked thi

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Created: 11/10/09

Hostel

In Amsterdam, after being thrown out of a discotheque, American backpackers Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson), and their Icelandic friend Óli (Eyþór Guðjónsson) visit a brothel. On their return to their hostel, they meet Alexei (Lubomir Bukovy), a Russian man who tells them about a hostel in Slovakia filled with American-loving local women. The backpackers board a train to Haganam, a small village, where they meet a Dutch businessman (Jan Vlasák). The backpackers check into the local hostel and find themselves sharing a room with Natalya (Barbara Nedeljáková) and Svetlana (Jana Kadeřábková), two attractive single women who entice them into going to a spa and a disco before sleeping with them.

The next morning, Óli is missing. A young Japanese backpacker named Kana (Jennifer Lim) also reports that her friend Yuki (Keiko Seiko) has disappeared. A MMS photo sent from Yuki's phone shows Yuki and Óli beneath a smokestack of an abandoned factory, with the word Sayonara written beneath it. Paxton and Josh decide to leave Bratislava with Kana the following day. They spot a man wearing Oli's jacket at a museum of medieval torture relics. Paxton later notices that the MMS photo of Oli and Yuki is faked. Later that night, while partying with Natalya and Svetlana, Paxton and Josh pass out, having been slipped tranquilizers. Josh stumbles back to the hostel while Paxton passes out in the disco's storage room.

Later, Josh wakes up handcuffed to a chair in a dungeon-like room surrounded with a bag over his head and sees a man entering a room; it is the Dutch businessman. He examines tools on a table while Josh asks to be released. The Dutch Business man chooses a drill and begins torturing Josh by drilling him in both of his pectorals just above his nipples and in Josh's thighs. After he is done, the Dutch businessman sits down and tells Josh his unfulfilled dream of being a surgeon. Josh begs to be let go. The Dutch Business man appears to comply but really cuts Josh's achilles tendon. He then frees Josh from his chair and tells him that he can go. Josh gets up but falls over and tries to crawl to the door. The Dutch Business man then murders him by cutting his throat.

Across town, Paxton awakens and returns to the hostel to find both Josh and Kana missing. In his room are a different pair of beautiful women inviting him to a spa, eerily similar to Natalya and Svetlana. When the local police chief (Miroslav Táborský) proves unhelpful, Paxton locates Natalya and Svetlana, who drive him to a factory where Paxton sees the Dutch businessman cutting up Josh's dead body. He is then ambushed by thugs and is taken to a cell and restrained in a chair, joined minutes later by a German client, Johan (Petr Janiš), who tortures him. He cuts two of Paxton's fingers off. Johan runs toward Paxton with a chainsaw but slips and cuts his own leg off. Paxton gets himself out of the chair and shoots Johan in the head.

He escapes and disguises himself as a client. He hears Kana's screams and decides to rescue her. Paxton locates Kana and kills the man torturing her. Kana's face is badly disfigured. The two flee in a car from the building and get chased by some of the guards. while driving away Paxton sees Natalya and Svetlana talking to Alexei, confirming his involvement, and Paxton runs the three of them over killing them. With the help of some inner city ruffians, Paxton and Kana elude the guards and head to the train station. When Kana sees

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Created: 04/24/06

Eli Roth's Hostel = Wicked, Terrific & Gory

I watched Hostel last night and loved it - my only expectations going in were that it was an Eli Roth production and that means gore and twists. Hostel is an interesting look into what wealthy, twisted individuals are willing to do. The movie has two halves - the first is the set up (backpacking across Europe) and the second is the actual horror within the Hostel. I don't want to spoil the movie - so I won't reveal anything other than that the last 30 minutes are brutally exciting and very well produced / conceptualized.

Cast: Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Jan Vlasak, Jay Hernandez, Lenka Vlasakova, Shane Daly

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Created: 11/23/06

Gruesome, Vicious, Beautiful not for the feint of heart

Gruesome, Vicious, Beautiful not for the feint of heart

This movie will have you squirming in terror from beginning to end.

Eli Roth, yes... the same man who brought us the absolute classic Cabin Fever (sarcasm) redeems himself with this instant classic.

Along the lines of Saw I and II on gore level, this movie is completely different from anything I've ever seen. The truly scary thing about Hostel is that it's based on real events. Not people being kidnapped to be killed, but people (mainly females) being held against there will to work in various unflattering trades (drugs, prostitution, etc...)

The movie itself offers a great lesson to all people young and old to be careful who you trust while travelling abroad.

Final Verdict:

5/5

Rent or Buy?: If you can handle the gore this movie is a definite buy. I've seen mixed reviews for this movie, so unless you're a true horror fan, you might want to rent this one before you buy it.

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Created: 03/15/09

Hostel will keep you from traveling!

As if "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" & other films like it, too numerous to name, aren't enough to keep you from traveling in the USA, along comes Hostel which will keep you from traveling in Europe! What's left?

Hostel is a tale of a group of 3 misguided lads traveling through Europe who are suckered into going to a certain eastern European town by an odd man on a train. The town seems cool enough, but people soon begin to disappear around them & soon the lead character's friends come up missing as well. He investigates to find that there is a group which caters to the most vilest instincts of it's ultra rich clientele. He, his friends & other young people are being sold off as guinea pigs to be tortured & killed by these ruthless people.

Hostel is incredibly slow moving at first. the whole first half of the film is very boring actually as we are only given vague snippets as to what is happening. Gore is not a problem though & we are treated to some of the most gruesome sequences ever portrayed! It seems to be what this film is all about; a vague mystery supplanted by gore & horror as we are treated to people's basest instincts! It's hard to really call this a great horror movie, but it is certainly different & somewhat entertaining once it gets going.

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