My favorite horror movie of the new millenium...
TheOriginalMily | Tejas, USA | 05/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hostel is HANDS DOWN my favorite horror/torture movie of the new millenium. The scary thing about this movie is, is that this could really happen. Reality always adds to the fascination and scare factor in horror movies, video games, etc. The directors got the idea for Hostel when a friend emailed him a site where there was actually a murder-for-profit business in Thailand... which is "dismembered" in one of The Director's Cut's featurettes. So Hostel fans, The Director's Cut is simply a MUST HAVE!!
Also, living in Europe as well as other foreign countries while growing up, I can totally picture this happening to clueless backpackers trekking their way through unknown territory, language barriers, and where people could care less if you're an American or not. You may think you're entitled (as many Americans feel they are when they travel to a foreign country)--but you're/we're not.
Bottom line: People are effing sick, and stuff like this happens in real life everyday, all over the world--it's just not shown out in the open for all to see. Hostel just 'slices and dices', cooks that fact all together, and serves it to you raw in a nice little 'meat' package. If you gave this movie a low rating, it was because you couldn't handle the sheer reality of the story and the extreme violence. Simple as that. 5 stars!!"
Not so 'Torture Yawn'.
M. S. Skidmore | Kinver, United Kingdom | 05/23/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Not being a fan of the supposed american ''torture porn'' cycle that had risen in the early to mid 2000s - nor of its japanese genre originators, I approached the sophomore effort of 'Cabin Fever's' Eli Roth with trepidation. His first film was a nice idea, executed badly and combined with his fanboy approach to film making, this could easily have turned out the same. But, for me at least - it didn't.
The story is usual american horror genre fare: Two americans Paxton and Josh (Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson) embark on a sex filled vacation as they trek across Slovakia. Hooking up with fellow horny icelander Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson), and in a scene straight out of 'American Pie' they are told by some strange drug dealing guy that the beautiful local ladies will sleep with anyone with an american accent. And, this is where the story takes a dark turn.
Visiting a local hostel, the trio are systematically hunted down, kidnapped and tortured by those oh so nasty european locals, who seem to be involved in some ''human torture for sale'' style organization (which is only fully elaborated on in the sequel). The movie itself is a simple affair - young horny american tourists attacked and killed in a foreign country. For me, it bears a similarity to old school 80s gems like 'An American Werewolf in London' which also touch on the insecurities of being away from american soil and facing a horrible threat that will determine if they live or die.
The three leads hold the film well and the gore sequences are suitably gory and unpleasant. They have a great villain in Jan Vlasak, who is superb at being both innocent at the beginning and unsettling as the movie progresses. What I liked most about the movie, is unlike nearly every other horror movie - the lead Paxton does what you would do in this dire situation. He thinks things through, tries everything to get out of the place and ultimately triumphs. You don't find yourself shouting at the screen ''dummy'' everytime he makes a stupid decision.
The presentation is sharp and the extras are plentiful. A great making of documentary and multiple commentaries complete an already great package. Sure, this is never going to be an amazing movie, but for this kind of subgenre - I really liked it. Worth seeking out."
Yes, it's a horror film
siloet | 09/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why is everyone hating on this movie? It's a awesome movie. This is a horror movie that i can watch again and again.
For the Idiots out there that do not know the definition of horror, please look it up. You will find that it means something ugly,disagreeable, shocking and frightful etc. All you haters need to go back to watching "little house on the prairie" since you can't watch a horror movie. So there some sex scenes, so what. Try having sex with your wife with the lights on, you'll find the same horror in that as you will in the movie."