Three backpackers head to a Slovakian city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
So much average
Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
When I saw the movie at the flea market for a buck, I said, "What the heck, it's Tarantino." I had trouble following the movie due to a lack of confusing flashbacks (It's a joke.)Three guys are touring Europe doing guy things. They meet a man who tells them about a Hostel in a small isolated town in Eastern Europe where there is an overabundance of pretty women who have nothing better to do than to throw themselves at anyone with a foreign accent, and they love all Americans. When they get there (note "Pulp Fiction" on TV) it is true. Women who look like models unashamedly share sleeping quarters with men, give them drugs and have sex with them.One by one the men disappear (as do the Japanese girls) and are tortured to death, aka "Blood Sucking Freaks". Paxton (Jay Hernandez) the last of the trio demands to know where his friends are... The slaughterhouse was filmed at an actual mental hospital in Prague.Sex, nudity, f-bomb, torture.
This Eli Roth movie is pretty straight forward in terms of horror and gorefest movies go, so don't expect to be blown away by anything remotely revolutionary.The storyline was predictable, but still have enough gore and gruesomeness to make it watchable.Granted that the movie was predictable and generic, then it was well worth sitting through it to watch the gruesome torture scenes and the inventive ways that writer and director Eli Roth came up with ways of how to inflict bodily harm and pain upon people. With scenes such as these, then it is a make or break whether or not the scenes are believable and can make the audience cringe. Eli Roth is certainly good at making the audience cringe.The characters in the movie were actually quite nicely fleshed out, pardon the pun. More than others, obviously. I will say that Jay Hernandez actually carried the movie quite nicely throughout the entire course of the movie.I remember watching this movie when it was first released, and I was somewhat impressed back in the day. However, after revisiting it now some 13 years later, I am not all that impressed anymore. The movie is still entertaining, but in terms of storyline and plot it was mediocre. It is the grotesque torture that keeps the movie afloat.
I haven't read every review of "Hostel," but from what I have read, I don't find a reference to Quentin Tarantino, who serves as one of the executive producers. Tarantino loves switching gears mid-movie, and that's exactly what this film does. Also, Greg Nicotero, famous for his make-up expertise in some George Romeo "Living Dead" films and the hit TV show "The Walking Dead", serves as the special makeup effects designer and creator. It comes down to this: If you don't enjoy plenty of T&A for the first half of a film, and torture and some gore during its second half, don't bother. But if you do "Vodka and Red Bull."
There was a partial joy considering that man like Quentin Tarantino offered some help around the movie but that was not enough to save Eli Roth's movie from a disaster that it is. Journey around the Europe is going really good but one bad decision will change it all and that decision is next place that they will visit. Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) came all the way from USA to see Europe and pick up a friend alongside on journey Oli (Eybor Gudionsson). After having ton of fun in Amsterdam they are persuaded to travel to town near Bratislava and there will horror for them and horror for audience start. There was a constant growth of tension and seeing them party and enjoy themselves it started to fell a little boring considering we are watching 1:30 horror movie with 45 minutes of story telling without horror on sight. Then after Oli disappears it was obvious something is wrong and he are flashed with his head on stick giving us sense of what might come. Actually there was some hope for the movie until horror came on sight and it was the funniest and the lousiest horror from a minimal budget movies without real horror and without any anticipation at all. Every scene inside old factory building is badly placed, horribly shot and directed that it looks like some comedy that that turned bad but is still funny. Nice try to make an horror movie with some story behind but considering how ridiculous it looks and even something like this that was put to people to see is offending to horror genre because of it's bad and not scary or terrifying or horrible or at least fearfulness scenes. It looks like a home-made badly written movie and it was supposed to end even before it started. 1.5/4