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Hostel - 2005

  • Oct 15, 2008
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"Just scream
let the voices out, lord
Just scream
Let the voices out"
~Tom Cochrane

This was a fairly disturbing film that I can only qualify as ‘slasher flick'. It wasn't horror, although it was certainly horrible in mannerism, and it isn't monster, although it serves up several two-legged monsters disguised as humans. Therefore, it falls, in my book anyway, under the old title of slasher flick. It's that random, mindless, killing like Texas Chainsaw or Hills Have Eyes. No rhyme or reason, just slice and dice.

We start out with two lusty American boys backpacking through Europe. They join forces with another man they meet and do all the things that young men do when they are having the adventure of their lives. After a particularly debasing evening of debauchery, the guys return to their youth hostel too late and find themselves locked out. Apparently they have quite strict rules or something. They are led astray by a man that tells them of a hostel in Slovakia where the women are ready, waiting, and willing.

Now you and I both know if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck ... you pretty much have a duck. These boys find a duck that is anything but a beautiful swan as they uncover horrors they could never imagine. My advise, be careful what you wish for because the results could be murder.

Hostel was both written and directed by Eli Roth. It carries an R rating for torture, violence, sexual content, language and drug use. I might also add it is intensely gory. It has been rated #1 scariest movie of all time through a Bravo TV poll.

It isn't scary in the fashion of ghosts and goblins type scary but more in the ‘gotcha' type scary. A lot of the scenes are in-your-face startling causing that jump out of your seat effect. I have found over the years that I fear few things as long as I am introduced to them in a casual manner. Except spiders of course, but they don't count. It is the suddenness of appearance that gets you more than actual fear itself. Let's get serious, it is a movie and the people aren't going to come off the screen after you. You are fairly safe while watching it, barring some unforeseen event in your own home.

It was said this was taken from actual events. This is Hollywood's way of saying ‘this almost happened' and then they take their liberties with the information. From what I can determine, this was loosely based on a purported, but never confirmed, Thai website that offered "murder vacations" where for a mere $10,000 you had the opportunity to torture and kill someone. Sounds enticing. Since they could not confirm this was an actual event, they decided to use the premise for a film; hence, inspired by true events was born.

Filming was dark and foreboding with a lot of hidden areas and gallons of blood. It certainly wasn't an inviting film to watch and for goodness sake, keep the kids away. The acting by Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson was quite good, if a little unsettling. The overall theme of the movie was death and destruction. This leads me to another point; awards for the production.

This movie received 9 nominations, winning four. I find this a rather bleak testimony to what we consider good viewing in comparison to something like Eight Below which received only two nominations. Yes, completely different genres, but I'm getting to the point where I'd like to find things in life that have a bit more calmness to them. There is enough death and destruction on the evening news. But, then again, I'm getting old.



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

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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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