Hostel (2006)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Two adventurous American college buddies, Paxton and Josh, backpack through Europe eager to make quintessentially hazy travel memories with new friend Oli, an Icelander they've met along the way. Paxton and Josh are eventually 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.
Rating:
R (for brutal scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use.)
Genre:
Horror
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$47,277,326.00
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Cast

Jay Hernandez
as Paxton
Takashi Miike
as Miike Takashi
Mark Taylor
as Brucey
Jan Vlasák
as Dutch Businessman
Jana Kaderabkova
as Svetlana
Rick Hoffman
as American Client
Radomil Uhlir
as Stoned Manager
Christopher Allen Nelson
as Dutch Police Officer
Miroslav Táborský
as Friendly Police Officer
Paula Wild
as Monique
Petr Janis
as German Surgeon
Ota Filip
as Muttonchop
Daniel S. Frisch
as Fanny Pack Man
Martin Kubacak
as Scarred Cab Driver
Roman Janecka
as Bottle Thrower
Milda Havlas
as Desk Clerk Jedi
Dan Frisch
as Fanny Pack Man
Zigo Patrik
as Bubble Gum Gang Leader
Barbora Oboznenkova
as Disco Girl
Jan Spanbauer
as Jacket Man
Mirek Navratil
as Dutch Bouncer
Katerina Vomelova
as Dominique
Lubos Vinicky
as Angry Dutch Elf
Petr Sadlacek
as The Toothless Cab Driver
Daniela Bakerova
as Older Woman
Martina Kralickova
as Pretty Woman
Jakub Habarta
as Slovak Bus Boy
Nick Roe
as Stan
Natali Tothova
as Natalya Shemp
Petra Kubesova
as Svetlana Shemp
Lord David Baxa
as Museum Tortury Guard
Miroslav Hanus
as Nasty Police Officer
Josef Bradna
as The Butcher
Gabriel Roth
as Sir Robert Wappus
Gabriel A. Roth
as Sir Robert Wappus
Milda Jedi Havlas
as Desk Clerk Jedi
Petr Sedlacek
as Toothless Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for Hostel

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (19)

Whether or not this kind of horror movie is your cup of tea, you have to at least admire Roth for the daring and creativity with which he illustrates that concept.

December 29, 2006
Associated Press
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Hostel's merely unpleasant and more than a little dumb.

November 27, 2006
AV Club
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Sadly, as with [director Eli] Roth's promising but flawed debut feature, its central conceit is more compelling than what ended up on screen.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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All this in a 94-minute movie that takes 45 minutes getting started!

January 13, 2006
New York Daily News
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Although I spent much of the second half staring into my lap while listening to a cacophony of screams and shop tools, I processed enough of the first to appreciate Roth's sinister evocation of a Slovakian provincial town.

January 12, 2006
Newsday
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The film is too casually misanthropic and enamored of its expulsive prosthetic virtuosity to be politically relevant, and it's not clear what response -- shame? outrage? titillation? -- Roth is after.

Full Review… | January 10, 2006
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Hostel

It starts out as a stupid dope and sex comedy for a while before things get uncomfortable and ultimately unbearably cruel. And for the longest time it's easy to keep your distance to the film, shake your head at the mediocre acting and unrealistic character decisions. In the last 30 minutes the film goes so batshit crazy, incredibly cruel and basically out of its way to give each character what they deserve that it's actually kinda fun. At least if you don't mind watching someone's eye hanging out of the socket getting cut off with a pair of scissors. Insane.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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After giving the first Hostel a second viewing, I found myself liking it more than the first time. The first time I saw this film, I absolutely despised it. I didn't like it whatsoever. I don't know what I liked from the second viewing, but I guess that it what it was supposed to. The gore is unrelenting, this film is violent and disgusting, and it's a true thrill ride and brings Horror porn to a whole new level. Eli Roth is a fairly decent director; I also enjoyed his first film, Cabin Fever. Hostel is definitely not for the faint of heart, there are some strong graphic scenes of violence that even the strong stomachs won't be able to tolerate. A decent enough film, only the second time around Hostel was a good film but I personally prefer the Saw series. Hostel has definitely unnerving sequences that aren't for the squeamish. The film is very much a different type of film than the Saw series, but it still has the vibe. Hostel is yet another gore riddled torture porn horror flick that will most likely appeal to fans of horror that enjoy good gore. This is the only film in the trilogy that I enjoyed, and that I really recommend. This is worth watching if you want something a bit different, and very disturbing. This definitely one of few original ideas for a horror films that works. The film has its flaws, but Eli Roth delivers a good flick that definitely is worth your time. This is a work of a director who took a risk, and it has definitely paid off.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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½

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] Horror director Eli Roth has always had a terrific visual style and understands the elements of making good horror movies but i've always had mixed feelings about him because he never manages to completely pull it off. Firstly I think he's talented because he has a terrific directorial style and evidently he's a completely dedicated film maker. Although I didn't like the film much he demonstrated he had talent with Cabin Fever but the film wasn't quite up to scratch, Hostel suffers from similar problems. The first 50 minutes offers nothing more than tongue in cheek humour and sex which at times work but also feels somewhat like a filler for what has yet to come. When it does come it's fantastic, the last 40 minutes of Hostel is rightfully disturbing and gut churningly sick with plenty of blood, gore and corpses. It doesn't come across as dumb like most films of the genre, in ways this corrects what was wrong with Cabin Fever but Hostel unfortunately lacks what was good about Cabin Fever. It had substance and characters you cared about. It's not scary in the slightest and at best the film works as a throw away gorefest but it's nothing more than that. But since I still believe Roth may do better with the first sequel i'm up for seeing Hostel's Part 2 and 3 because maybe they turned out to be an improvement. Doubting that they will have any more substance than this, maybe they'll at least get to the gore quicker with a setup that doesn't take half the film's running time.

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