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October 14, 2016
A movie, leading you to the fainting of your life because of thrill...
September 14, 2016
Se ci fosse almeno un accenno di motivazione dietro a tutta la trama del film probabilmente sarei in grado di dare un giudizio più approfondito, perché tutto quello che vedo è un concentrato puro di brutale violenza che solo un tossico come Eli Roth riuscirebbe a concepire.
½ September 10, 2016
I am aware that some people don't like this film but I personally think the film is very entertaining and I appreciate the whole cast and crew who worked on this. I am a big fan of Eli Roth and think that this film is a fun gore fest that is very entertaining, suspenseful and has a deep message. I respect Eli Roth for giving it the style and structure of Audition (1999) and giving it that Asian extreme feel to it. I enjoy the film and recommend for people who are into balls to the wall horror.
½ September 6, 2016
Not great, but better than I expected it to be. I avoided this for years thinking it would be so horrifying that I would be scarred by it. However, it was nowhere near as gruesome as I imagined it would be. And the much touted "torture porn" aspects of it really only surfaced in the last act. I found the idea that the obnoxious backpackers were eventually hoisted on their own petard delicious.
August 8, 2016
Just got around to viewing this eleven years after its debut, and I must say that I may not have enjoyed this movie as much as I could have upon its release. There have been countless "gornos" since "Hostel" (The "Saw" franchise, "The Green Inferno", "Evil Dead") that did the sub genre way more justice that there seemed, to me, no other reason for anyone to view this film. There is hardly any plot (seriously, there is no context why there is an entire group of people helping one man do horrible things to people) except that there is a group of friends looking for a good time and they find themselves in a horrific situation. With that being said, the only reason I would recommend this is if you are a fan of Eli Roth and/or the torture porn sub genre. Otherwise, skip it. 3.9/10
½ June 28, 2016
Sex-Crazed young adults and so much sex and libido almost ruined this film for me but for its fresh new plot and stunning recalls of the setting Eli Roth really releases something great for his audiences.
½ May 12, 2016
Dumb gore with a dumb storyline
April 30, 2016
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April 10, 2016
Really hard to watch but well crafted horror movie.
½ March 26, 2016
Ok, Just predictable and boring, Offers nothing new just a rip off of Saw movies without the twists.
February 28, 2016
Being one of Eli Roth's most popular films, Hostel sounded like a passionate exercise in torture porn.

Anyone familiar with the auteur style of Eli Roth should be well aware of what to expect from Hostel: blood and gore at the expense of narrative. Not a person who has experienced all that much in the way of torture horror films, Hostel presented an opportunity for me to bridge in to the genre and determine precisely where I stood in regards to the genre. Quite frankly, I must express admiration for Eli Roth's work.
Knowing that the torture horror is going to kick off at some point is a key part of the thrills in Hostel. Rather than relying solely on blood and gore, Eli Roth preys on the viewer's expectations by building up an intense atmosphere through the use of dreary scenery and the cinematography that captures it, as well as the implications of the musical score. The scenery in Hostel is what I enjoyed most about the film. With a careful eye for strong imagery, Eli Roth establishes the perfect locations for Hostel. As the setting of the film begins to unfold, viewers are treated to the brilliant scenery of the Czech Republic. The more the narrative progresses, the more of the countryside viewers are given a chance to experience. When it reaches its extended climax scene, viewers embrace the full effect of this as Eli Roth finds a perfect abandoned property to provide a feeling of isolation for the film. The city of Cesky Krumlov provides some decent cultural flair by displaying the natural state of its architecture, and this is both visually appealing and yet reinforced by the footage of empty countryside. As a result, everything contributes to making the story context of Hostel feel nothing short of genuine. And while the wide-angled shots capture the full extent of the countryside, the many small-scale ones help to provide viewers the feeling of confinement that traps the characters in a story of violence.
Since Hostel has to give in to the obligatory context establishment of any normal story, it reserves its sadistic violence for closer to the halfway mark. Up until then, the mysteries of its setting are established. The story in Hostel preys on the fears and anxieties of careless tourists with particular emphasis on the egotism of young Americans. It is a thoroughly predictable one, but it doesn't even try to hide this. What's unpredictable is precisely when the horror of the film will strike, and Eli Roth manages to keep viewers on the edge of their seat in wonder about when it is finally going to happen. The aforementioned scenery helps this, but the musical score is also a key factor. The majority of the music uses a subtle-building score to provide the intense backdrop of mystery to the story, getting more climactic during the climactic scenes of the story. It never hits audiences too heavily, but it never gets too quiet which certifies a strong level of restraint in the score to grasp the atmosphere
When the true nature of the violence in Hostel finally reared its ugly head, I found that it was actually less explicit than I was expecting. Though it is indebted to its sadistic depiction of blood and gore, Hostel doesn't depend solely on it. Even though the story is very simplistic, it takes the time to build up its atmosphere before unleashing the gore. Much of the horror comes from the idea that such a place could actually exist in the world, and given the sadistic nature of real life crime rings such as the skin trade, for all we know the horrors depicted in Hostel could actually exist somewhere in the world. When it comes to actually depicting the torture, the detail in the blood and gore doesn't come up short since Eli Roth is favourable of exploiting it. The actors are responsible for supporting this with cries of pain to help to torture seem genuine, and they certainly work to capture that. Hostel effectively finds horror in the development of its atmosphere, the performances of its actors and the violence of its exploitation nature.
What must be considered is that being aimed at the exploitation market, the generic contract for Hostel is for it to offer blood, gore and nudity. Since Eli Roth has a deeply ingrained passion for blood and gore, it is definitely something viewers can expect. But he doesn't neglect the need for a high quantity of nudity. He never goes overboard with his depiction of sexuality, but either way Hostel carries enough topless women to entertain the teenage male audience most likely to be sitting in front of the screen.
And like I said, Hostel maintains a cast who know how to convey pain and suffering with raw energy. Derek Richardson is given only a single scene to face the horror of his torture, but he manages to do it with a genuine state of suffering. It is Jay Hernandez who has the responsibility of carrying the majority of the film. Blending in with his friends at the start of the film, Jay Hernandez starts out with an easygoing persona which gives him a naive edge. As things progress more, Jay Hernandez builds a greater sense of suspicion to the world around him which he conveys through a steady increase of swift head movements and an intense stare in his eyes. He is able to maintain this state of mind all the way until he reaches his turn to face the torture, and he exposes the most of his vulnerabilities and tension in these scenes. After all the screams and shouts of this, Jay Hernandez awakens the last edge of his character by bringing out a vengeful edge in the part. He lets his emotions completely take over in the final scenes of the film and slowly unleashes more and more of his angry instinct which adds a different spectacle of intensity to the feature. Jay Hernandez carries Hostel very well with his leading performance.

Hostel doesn't even pretend to have a story with depth because it is aimed strictly at the exploitation market, but amid Eli Roth's keen eye for blood and gore is a steady build of genuine intensity stemming from the director's manipulation of music, scenery and cinematography.
February 26, 2016
As far as horror films go, this doesn't disappoint. The concept boasts enough verisimilitude to make you fear Eastern Europe for months... Conforming to so many pieces brought out around this sort of time, it's packed with guts, gore and an ever increasing body count. I'm not sure how much of the gore actually served a function. Following a similar pattern to Saw, it's frequently overdone. So much so that within the first hour or so you can become generally desensitised which shows it's losing it's shock value. I'm a bit old fashioned in the sense that I think adding infrequent moments of gore serve to shock and lacing the entire film with it in full force does little more than indicate the producer an unusual fantasist. Violence should be used to shock, not as a narrative tool. Generally, a good film. I would watch again (and have done several times)
February 5, 2016
There's horror and there's gore but Hostel is a mixture between conspiracy and thriller, were there is more question marks than a plot. The majority of the story is that it starts off with three friends and they are going on a trip to Europe and they are persuaded odd-ball old man who starts talking about how he prefers to use his hands. I know the story is fictional, but Hostel is a fact of a mess and a confusing film.
January 17, 2016
Pretty good all around. It isn't a scary one it just has a lot of gore. I like the idea of the film but I wish it would have gone on for a little longer and some bits of the film were a little to gory but I still enjoyed it. The acting is pretty good from most people and that's what makes a decent film, decent acting.
½ January 13, 2016
I'm into horror movies and I like some very brutal ones...but this torture porn is simply disgusting...I saw the director talking about his movie and I just could thought...what an idiot
January 8, 2016
Eli Roth is human marmite, and you know what...I fucking love marmite. Crunchy, bloody, boney, delicious marmite. Roth revels in the absurdly grim, making you feel bad and doing it with style. This is a nasty little movie that I couldn't help but fall in love with.
January 7, 2016
Sadistic for the sake of being sadistic, Hostel succeeds in its squirm-inducing gore sequences, but lacks sympathetic characters and a developed plot to make it all worthwhile.
December 19, 2015
T'was alright. Nothing too exciting. Meh. Meh. Meh.
December 11, 2015
Not for all public! For a very advised people!!!!
December 8, 2015
This movie makes a point at doing what it set out to do. And that is basically show you a guy torturing people for an hour and a half. But as a movie it is actually brutally boring and slow. Director Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino are friends, so during the original advertising for Hostel every commercial would end with some reference to Tarantino having some indirect involvement in the film, which obviously made this idiotic movie garner more attention. Take that stamp of approval from Tarantino and this movie probably would have made half the money it actually did, and that mostly from people who just wanted to see how gruesome it could actually be. But put that all aside, and take the actual substance of the film, there is none what so ever. Boring and shock value do not go hand in hand.
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