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Hostel [2005] - 13.98

Well-made for the genre--the excessive-skin-displayed-before-gruesome-bloody-torture-begins genre--Hostel follows two randy Americans (Jay Hernandez, Friday Night Lights, and Derek Richardson, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd) and an even randier Icelander (Eythor Gudjonsson) as they trek to Slovakia, where they're told beautiful girls will have sex with anyone with an American accent. Unfortunately, the girls will also sell young Americans to a company that offers victims to anyone who will pay to torture and murder. To his credit, writer/director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever) takes his time setting things up, laying a realistic foundation that makes the inevitable spilling of much blood all the more gruesome. The sardonic joke, of course, is that Americans are worth the most in this brothel of blood because everyone else in the world wants to take revenge upon them. This dark humor and political subtext help set Hostel above its more brainless sadistic compatriots, like House of Wax or The Devil's Rejects. In general, though, there's something lacking; horror used to suggest some threat to the spirit--today's horror can conceive of nothing more troubling than torturing the flesh. For aficionados, Hostel features a nice cameo by Takashi Miike, director of bloody Japanese flicks like Audition and Ichi the Killer. --Bret Fetzer

Customer reviews (av rating: 2.5):

Rating: 3:
not bad : well what can i say about this film, not for the faint hearted, its boring up until the last half hour or so, theres plenty of gore and scares but other than that i wouldnt recommend it

Rating: 3:
Jaws for back packers : After watching Cabin Fever and enjoying it, once I found out that Eli Roth had directed this film I thought it might be up my street. Again we have the same basic storyline, pretty people waiting to die. We follow 3 guys, back packers who are on their way travelling through Europe, when they get a tip off to go to Slovakia, if they want hot girls. Of course they jump at the chance and are on the next train! Before you know it ( even if it does take a while to get into the gore, about 40 minutes of the film is just the guys messing around in the red light district ) they end up at this abandoned warehouse, throwing up and having their body parts chopped up. The main problem with this is, the reason for the killings is never really explained - I don't want to go too much into it, incase you haven't seen it, if you have then I'm sure you'll know what I mean. This is by no means the best horror, all of the volence and murders are pointless but Jay Hernandez does a good enough job in convincing me to care enough to want to find out whether he gets out alive or not.

Rating: 1:
The best thing : The best thing about this film is that it stars Jay Hernandez.. Definitely not worth the time or money..

Rating: 1:
PLEASE, watch something else.ridiculously rubbish : I would strongly recommend this film for anyone who wants to be entertained by a plot so ridiculous it's funny, and gore for the sake of it. Otherwise, view something else. Dont say I told you so...

Rating: 1:
Distrubingly BAD!!! : Poor poor overhyped gorenography, that Tarantino should be ashamed to have his name on. you cant expect much from this film seeing as its eli roth, the director of the unintentionaly hilarious Cabin Fever. no story, random bits of soft core porn, random drug scenes and a film for dumb teens. stick with the original saw and ignore this childish ridiculous dumb movie, with gore like happy tree friends.

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