Hostel

Hostel

DVD - 2007
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Three post-college backpackers are travelling together to Switzerland, Belgium and Amsterdam having Barcelona as final destination. The trio are looking for sex, drugs and booze. While in Amsterdam, they meet Alex, who shows pictures of gorgeous women and suggests they visit the hostel in Bratislava, Slovakia, a place crowded with hot, promiscuous and sexy girls. When they arrive, they meet three sexy women in the hostel and they believe they have found paradise on Earth. But too soon, they find that they have been sold to a sadistic group of the Elite Hunting, and their dream becomes their worst nightmare.

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Repeal_BillC_51
Jun 24, 2014

Fans of this type of dark mind therapy would probably better enjoy the all true Russian horror flic - ''Cargo 200"; after all - what's to enjoy about so-called ''torture porn'', unless it's ACTUALLY happened to someone !? No doubt our local Sick-Fug - R. Pickton will be immortalized in ''Piggy's Palace'' or something like that; in time. I'm an art fan with no moral compass to apply towards censorship hype, but I knew some of the local girls/mothers/daughters/sisters who later disappeared ,so my hard-wired horror addiction requires a wee bit of soul-searching when confronted by such cruel realities invading the ''entertainment.'' Of course, realities like snuffing EVERY living creature on earth for a few more dollars-in-the-mind are far more heinous in people's casual acceptance, so what's a little fictionalized reality? Just one little corner of the horrible truth, so maybe there's something to learn? What goes unseen can be far far worse, so enjoy the little scares; the kind that can be muted or turned off when they get to be too-much.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 21, 2014

Ever wonder what director Eli Roth's parents thought about Hostel? I sure do!

Since Eli's father (Dr. Sheldon Roth) is a prominent psychiatrist and clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, I'd sure like to hear this man's viewpoint (as a psychoanalyst, as well as a father) on Hostel, which is a perfect example of his son's decidedly sadistic mind and black heart. This film definitely promotes cruelty (of the worst kind) to others.

I'd really wonder if Dr. Roth would actually defend Hostel for his son's sake, or would he be able to offer those interested an honest, unbiased opinion of Eli's loathsome, hateful movie, which was clearly made by his son solely for the purpose of making a whole pile of money by handing us, the audience, (through the graphic depiction of hideous torture) the most excruciating example of human suffering imaginable.

I understand that in his late teens Eli Roth was an on-line cybersex operator for Penthouse Magazine. In this undoubtedly rewarding line of work Eli posed as a woman. He was also a production assistant for a number of Penthouse porn films.

And, finally - It really figures that the likes of that slime-director, Quentin Tarantino, would have his name attached, as producer, to this truly vile and abominable picture. From start to finish, I could clearly see Tarantino's despicable, snot-encrusted presence smeared all over this one.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 26, 2013

I'm a fan of horror movies and am not squeamish, but I'd been avoiding this because of its "torture porn" reputation. It is plenty grisly, but, like his first film ("Cabin Fever"), it's more gross than scary or tense. Also like that film it suffers from mediocre writing and unsympathetic characters. Some might see this is a satire of American/European relationships, but that's probably a stretch. Yeah, not great. Followed by a sequel, "The Hosteling."

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ilikekookies
Sep 29, 2013

This is a film I've tried over and over again to actually like and enjoy, but I just can't find myself wanted to give it anything higher than a 6/10. Why? Several reasons, this movie is really filled with it's ups and downs. For starters, the characters. These are some of the most unlikable horror film protagonists I have seen in my life. The main characters are three backpackers going across Europe, two friends from the States, and one guy, Oli, that they just met on their way across the continent. We follow them through strip clubs, bars, drug addicted pimps apartments, and of course, the youth hostels which they are kidnapped from. You'll likely find yourself becoming less and less sympathetic for them as it goes up, UNTIL you reach the inevitable torture sequences. Feelings about the characters become harder to gauge when they're being put through the horrible things, as in, there'll be a part of you that WANTS these guys to survive, but on the other hand, you somehow know and feel like, if they DO make it out, they'll just likely go back to being their same, idiotic unlikable selves that we loathed at the beginning. Moving on to the reason why a lot of people tend to rent these films, the violence, how does it fare in a film like this? Well, to somebody who doesn't typically watch a lot of movies like this, it gets quite gruesome (there's one sequence in particular near the end, though slightly cheesy, had me very tensed up and uncomfortable). Many scenes and quick shots of torture violence run rampant throughout the second half of the film. However, a lot of it tends to be off screen, somebody could be about to have something chopped off, and at the very last second, the camera will cut away and just leave you watching the screaming victim. Unless you're a hardcore gorehound, this shouldn't bother people too much, if anything it adds tension, fright and unease to the viewers. So why did I give this film the score that I did? To recap, it's not a horrible movie, it's quite entertaining actually, but the ending (or at least the one I saw, the director's cut ending) was stupid and ridiculous, and again, the main protagonists remain some of the least likable out of any horror film I've seen in recent memory.

Mocha6ft3 Apr 11, 2012

There are some movies you can't watch because it's corny, bad, sucks, or the subject matter grosses you out. My friend sat next to me watching this movie talking back to the screen, as usual, until about half way through. After that all i felt was her nails in my arms and shoulders. And constantly saying "oh my, God, oh my, God" after the movie was over she said she couldn't or wouldn't look at it again. This is one of those movies, that you have to play on your HOMETHEATER! I love this movie and i'm glad i bought it for my collection. This movie dosen't have "sound freak approval" but, the sounds of torture taking place in dungeons is creepy and very cool. This is one of the weirdest,scariest films in my collection. 5 stars!!!!!! WHY? Great story, serious torture and violence, very bad creepy characters, a cast you feel for, and nail marks in my arms and shoulders. Popcorn, franks on a bun, icecream, and pineapple soda.

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nisaza
Jan 15, 2012

Stops half way through

aaa5756 Nov 04, 2011

This movie was not done well at all. This movie was terrible Dumb, Boring and Stupid. Waste of time waste and of Electrical power. D- dvd

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