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Hostel (2006)

January. 06,2006
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Three backpackers head to a Slovakian city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.


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Good start, but then it gets ruined


As somebody who had not heard any of this before, it became a curious phenomenon to sit and watch a film and slowly have the realities begin to click into place.

Jonah Abbott

There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.


The plot isn't so bad, but the pace of storytelling is too slow which makes people bored. Certain moments are so obvious and unnecessary for the main plot. I would've fast-forwarded those moments if it was an online streaming. The ending looks like implying a sequel, not sure if this movie will get one

Michael Ledo

When I saw the movie at the flea market for a buck, I said, "What the heck, it's Tarantino." I had trouble following the movie due to a lack of confusing flashbacks (It's a joke.)Three guys are touring Europe doing guy things. They meet a man who tells them about a Hostel in a small isolated town in Eastern Europe where there is an overabundance of pretty women who have nothing better to do than to throw themselves at anyone with a foreign accent, and they love all Americans. When they get there (note "Pulp Fiction" on TV) it is true. Women who look like models unashamedly share sleeping quarters with men, give them drugs and have sex with them.One by one the men disappear (as do the Japanese girls) and are tortured to death, aka "Blood Sucking Freaks". Paxton (Jay Hernandez) the last of the trio demands to know where his friends are... The slaughterhouse was filmed at an actual mental hospital in Prague.Sex, nudity, f-bomb, torture.


Its really not worth ten stars, but so many people are disliking the story for no good reason, I felt like i should even it out. First of all, I am EXTREMELY disturbed by people saying they had no sympathy for young men being tortured to death because they "didn't like them enough". Really? I would have sympathy for anyone brutally murdered. Then we have the people who are upset with portrayal of Slovalkia, or upset that a gay character was portrayed as a bad person. Get over it. Gay people can be as bad or as good as anyone else. The film is clever enough. There isn't much story, but what there is fits together very well. The reason they were killed is because someone felt like killing them for gratification, and they had the opportunity because they are foreigners. Thats it.


There was a partial joy considering that man like Quentin Tarantino offered some help around the movie but that was not enough to save Eli Roth's movie from a disaster that it is. Journey around the Europe is going really good but one bad decision will change it all and that decision is next place that they will visit. Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) came all the way from USA to see Europe and pick up a friend alongside on journey Oli (Eybor Gudionsson). After having ton of fun in Amsterdam they are persuaded to travel to town near Bratislava and there will horror for them and horror for audience start. There was a constant growth of tension and seeing them party and enjoy themselves it started to fell a little boring considering we are watching 1:30 horror movie with 45 minutes of story telling without horror on sight. Then after Oli disappears it was obvious something is wrong and he are flashed with his head on stick giving us sense of what might come. Actually there was some hope for the movie until horror came on sight and it was the funniest and the lousiest horror from a minimal budget movies without real horror and without any anticipation at all. Every scene inside old factory building is badly placed, horribly shot and directed that it looks like some comedy that that turned bad but is still funny. Nice try to make an horror movie with some story behind but considering how ridiculous it looks and even something like this that was put to people to see is offending to horror genre because of it's bad and not scary or terrifying or horrible or at least fearfulness scenes. It looks like a home-made badly written movie and it was supposed to end even before it started. 1.5/4

Filipe Neto

I saw this movie a few years ago but it's one of those movies that you can hardly forget. I love horror movies, but I'm more afraid of what is cleverly suggested than with what I see explicitly. So this movie is not the kind of movie I prefer. The action revolves around a group of three North American travelers who are making the traditional backpacking trip to Europe that immense teenagers or pre-university students do. The recipe is the usual: drink, testosterone, little brain and huge desire for sex and light drugs. They go to Slovakia, where they are looking for a hostel, advertised as the ideal place to find all this, but they end up wrapping themselves in a criminal and dangerous web where they are the flies. From here, the film is basically a torture session capable of making the Spanish inquisitors want to take notes in a notepad.We can then understand that the most serious problem of this film is the absence of a credible and well-constructed story behind the horror scenes. The script is built on gore, graphic violence is an end in itself. Another problem, a direct consequence of this, is the poor construction of the characters, who are just stupid teenagers who deserve to die in the film because the public does not care about them. Never mind the names of the actors. There are no sounding names, they would not risk their career in such a movie. They are meat to the slaughter. Eli Roth, the director / screenwriter, must have a distorted conception of what horror movies are but, in any case, the film has a specific audience and Roth was entirely capable of meeting their expectations. Special and visual effects are a fundamental part of the most soulless scenes and were done with great attention to detail.This is a movie inappropriate for popcorn, as I say, for joke. It is sadistic and shocking, arresting public attention for explicit violence. It is not a movie that is suitable for most people. They would think it is too visual, too disgusting to bear. But fans of gore and pure and tough violence will love it.