HOSTEL (2005) Reviews and overview

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Hostel is a 2005 American horror feature film written, produced and directed by Eli Roth (The House with a Clock in Its WallsKnock KnockThe Green Inferno) and starring Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson. Japanese director Takashi Miike has a cameo.


Three male backpackers are on a tour of Europe when they hear of a Slovakian youth hostel that is rumoured to provide some of the best hedonistic pleasures on the continent.

When they arrive there, however, they are soon plunged into a living hell, as the hostel turns out to be the site of a horrific club where jaded rich people pay huge sums of money to perform unspeakable sadistic acts…

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The first sequel, Hostel: Part II, also directed by Roth, was released on June 8, 2007, and a second sequel, Hostel: Part III, was released on December 27, 2011.


“At the very least it is entertaining and a worthwhile see for horror fans or those that enjoyed Cabin Fever. In brief glimpses Hostel shows the potential of its creator, and its gore scenes are unparalleled. If the movie is indeed based on true events, then I’m sticking with prostitutes on my next sojourn in Europe.” Beyond Hollywood

“It is an amazing achievement that doesn’t deserve outright dismissal, yet will only face same until its novel nastiness wears off. Like most of the memorable offerings of macabre, it must age and ferment like fine dandelion wine. Two decades from now, true aficionados will recognize and revere it. Amazingly enough, it will deserve it.” DVD Verdict

“To call it a challenge in the visual sense does not begin to explain its ability to completely rob you of the comfort of artifice; it so fully indulges in its reality that every cut, every bloodcurdling moment in which pain is inflicted on a number of unsuspecting victims, is felt rather than seen.” Cinemaphile

“This film has nothing to compare with the recent Australian horror Wolf Creek or the American freakout spectacular Saw or the French nightmare Tzameti. What it has is gallons of gore and great-looking guys getting it on with great-looking women who are moralistically revealed later to look much less hot without their makeup.” The Guardian


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