Director: Eli Roth
Cast: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor
Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedelljakova, Jana Kaderabkova, Jan Vlasak,
Rick Hoffman, Jennifer Lim
RunTime: 1 hr 38 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Rating: R21 (Strong Violence)
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.net/movies/hostel/
Day: 20 April 2006
HOSTEL tells the story of two adventurous American
college buddies Paxton and Josh who backpack through Europe
eager to make quintessentially hazy travel memories with new
friend Oli, an Icelander they’ve met along the way.
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….
distracted by the good time they are 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.
is definitely NOT a date movie unless you have the VERY rare
girlfriend that doesn't mind copious amounts of nudity, blood,
and some vicious torture scene. "Hostel" is a disturbing,
uncompromising descent into the blackest corners of human
nature, where people are capable of shutting down their consciences
in the face of strangers. It's a horrifying notion, indeed,
and one with some thought-provoking sociological elements
that deepen its purpose beyond being a cheap thrill out to
shock and nauseate viewers. "Hostel" is violent,
gruesome and graphic, testing the limits of its R rating,
but there isn't a moment that goes too far or feels exploitative.
In the midst of its mounting tension is a truthful statement
about how some people—not all, or even the majority,
but some—classify foreigners as being almost of a different
breed of human, or inferior to themselves. This xenophobia—the
fear or contempt of that which is foreign—goes both
ways, stemming from a sense of the unfamiliar.
plot is straightforward. Josh and Paxton are a couple of American
college kids taking a backpacking trip through Europe. Along
with an Icelander named Oli that they met during their travels,
are finishing up their trip in Amsterdam and are looking for
a few more hot babes to hang out with. After getting locked
out of their hostel, a local dude lets them crash at his place
for the evening, and upon learning a town in Slovakia which
is famous for hot and easy girls, they set off their journey
to the secret garden. They ended up sharing a room with Natalya
and who instantly take a liking to Paxton and Josh. A damper
is put on their trip when Oli suddenly disappears. The clerk
at the front desk claims he already checked out, and Paxton
receives a photo message on his cellphone telling him that
he left for home, but something doesn't sit right about the
situation. What is really going on—something that Paxton
and Josh are soon involuntarily embroiled in—zooms safely
past the average person's worst nightmares.
So much can be done with this simple yet clever idea, and
at times, Director Eli Roth delivers some truly gruesome moments.
There is an early torture/kill scene that is simply excellent.
Sadly though, its never really topped and nor does any other
scene in the movie come close to it. He shows flashes of greatness
and then seems to lose focus. That's not to say it's not gory
as hell, it earns every bit of the full rating on the Blood/Gore
scale but they obviously held back with the gore a bit to
keep the R rating. During these bloody curling moments, the
acting, surprisingly is solid as actors conjure up some highly
pitched and highly believable screams. Jay Hernandez is fine
in the lead role as Paxton, and Derek Richardson does an excellent
job as the silly and gullible Josh. Apart from that, Roth
definitely needs to put a little more thought into his writing
and try and balance the shocking visual imagery with a stronger
screenplay. His dialogue is often poor and some of the situations
he sets up lack common sense and believability.
is an improvement for Eli Roth which is promising as, despite
the hype surrounding him, he's still a fledgling talent who
has a lot to learn, but he is on the right track with this
slice of grim death. It's entertaining overall, but its unrealised
potential and storytelling lapses are frustrating. As twisted
as I may sound, more people are needed to be killed in the
movie and it needs to go into a darker direction story wise.
That said, it's still a decent horror movie that should satisfy
most people's thirst for blood in this genre driven satire.
And if this disgusts you though, I know of this hostel you
(Savior the delights of boobs and blood with images that will
embalm in your mind like a hatchet to a head...or a drill
to a thigh.. or a burner to an eye.. or a chainsaw through
your guts… or pliers to your toes…you get the
by Lokman B S