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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Critic Reviews for Hostel
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.
Hostel's merely unpleasant and more than a little dumb.
Sadly, as with [director Eli] Roth's promising but flawed debut feature, its central conceit is more compelling than what ended up on screen.
All this in a 94-minute movie that takes 45 minutes getting started!
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.
Audience Reviews for Hostel
A good horror film but overhyped. Didn't think it was any more gory than most other recent horror films. Seen far more gore in many low budget horrors.
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.
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.
|The Dutch Businessman:||I always wanted you to be a surgeon...but boards wouldn't pass me. Can you guess why?|
|The Dutch Businessman:||I always wanted you to be a surgeon but boards wouldn't pass me. Can you guess why?|
|Josh:||Look at those factories.|
|The Scarred Cab Driver:||What? There? There we make plastic for Slovakya.|
|Paxton:||Is that so?|
|Natalya:||I get a lot of money for you. And that make you my bitch.|
|Natalya:||You are so serious. MR. SERIOUS AMERICAN.|
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