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A movie directed by Eli Roth

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Hostel means Hysterical

  • Jul 16, 2007
Rating:
-3
I remember hearing that this movie was so scary and disturbing from a friend of mine. That it is one of the first real creepy movies of the 21st century. I am here to tell you that this is the one of the dumbest and low grade movies I have seen in a long time. As a matter of fact I was laughing out loud at how stupid it was. I honestly don't care if Quentin Tarantino's name is attached to this movie "Hostel" was awful and dreadful. Now the R rating has its merit, there is plenty of gore, language and nudity. Nevertheless, this made the movie even more hysterical than it already was. Plenty of dummies, fake body parts, dummies, over the top violence for shock value only, dummies and lame dialogue had my friend (different from the one who said this movie was great) and me rewinding parts saying "Please I have got to see that again, but I need to pay the water bill first"!

Also I love the picture of Europe this movie portrayed: get high all day, all European women are drop dead gorgeous and want to have sex 24/7. Also when in Europe, it is okay to have problems and/or frustrations, be obnoxious and state things better work in your favor because you are an American.

This movie tried so hard to be scary and creepy. I suppose there is an element of the "hidden" plot that was creepy. However, a very slow opening forty minutes, lead characters that I could really take or leave (Jay Hernandez was real vexing in this movie) and unbelievable circumstances made this film a real lemon. This also killed any element of creepiness that might have been a threat. Also the movie tried to wrap everything up in twenty seconds at the end, which was really weak.

One of the features on the DVD is a "Making of Hostel" documentary. I found this really enjoyable how the film makers are so proud of this so called masterpiece they made. You wondered what went wrong between the documentary and the finished product. I guess this movie was considered so great because most horror movies made today are rated PG-13. This movie is rated R, so this allows a great deal of more gore and violence, which of course makes a great horror movie. However, this movie plays more like a comedy than a horror movie, did I mention the dummies. I found this movie entertaining, but for all of the wrong reasons.

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Starring Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova
Directed by Eli Roth
Writer:  Eli Roth
2005

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Presented by genre master Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2) and directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever) Hostel is a shocking and relentless film in the tradition of Saw about two American backpackers (Jay Hernandez Friday Night Lights and Derek Richardson Dumb and Dumberer) in Europe who find themselves lured in as victims of a murder-for-profit business.Paxton and Josh two college friends are 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.System Requirements:Run Time: 94 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLERS Rating: UNRATED UPC: 043396138384 Manufacturer No: 13838
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