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Featuring lots of guts and gore, Hostel is a wildly entertaining corpse-filled journey -- assuming one is entertained by corpses, guts, and gore, that is. Read critic reviews
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Apr 11, 2015The gore often borders on tasteless, however the film's plot and performances really resolute towards a genuinely enjoyable film. Not your run of the mill horror picture in the fact that it sort of satirical of the xenophobia rife amongst the younger generation. Whilst some could view it as stereotype, its more a poke of fun, and fun the film is. Not one to watch with your parents, the film isn't just flooded with blood but also sex and nudity, oh and strong language. The direction is solid and steady, but the film is very slow to start. Worth a watch if you're a true gore-hound.
May 11, 2013Eli Roth knows it's horror. It's knowledge on the genre is undeniable but as craftsman he still leaves a lot to be desirable. That knowledge helped a lot on the inception of Hostel: the premise is original, having a bunch of pricks as protagonists was spot-on, treating Europe as a shady place is somewhat questionable but the beating on american culture and consumerism pays of later on. It's just a shame that the script and dialogues are so poor and drag on for too long. Come on, this is a typical old school video nasty flick, brought to modern audiences with all the best tool availables (Greg Nicotero anyone?), then why the hell have you backed of on the gore so much? Horror fans have flocked to see this one given the awesome promotion it had, sick and twisted posters and frightening premise but all that has kinda been thrown out of the window. The torture scenes work for some extent, because they are tense and leave some to your imagination. The ambiance is well handled and the desperation palpable but we can't really connect too well with these characters all that much. Fortunently, it drops some very dark and twisted humor after the nastiness is introduced that saves the movie to some extent. The material is there, but it's not handled well. Hostel could've easily been a subversive take on the genre, criticizing it by showing too much nastiness, even by horror fans standards but also, with a polished plot, make it's good ideas work much better and making it's message come across. Like so, it doesn't stand above the rest of the lot.
Jan 03, 2013Hostel is a film often related to Saw. Other than both being torture porn films, there's not a whole lot they have in common. This film also often brought up as being one of the "worst" horror films of recent year, in being ammoral and gory. The gore is standard for this sort of film, I'd say... What is more disturbing is the concept of monetizing and creating a system around the torture of innocent people, and even then this idea could have been delivered a bit better I think. The plot is interesting and the film kept me watching. The first half and second half of the film are quite distinct from one another, but they're obviously part of the same story and film flows well.
Oct 22, 2012After the initial shock wears off, you wonder what shocked you in the first place. Entertaining, predictable, gory, and sadistic.Jason 123 D Super Reviewer