Hostel (2005)

Germany is such a really fucked up placed after all.

American backpacking students Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) head to a hostel in Slovakia rumored to be brimming with willing women — but instead, they become objects of torture in an unimaginable house of twisted horrors.

What else is better than watching a film that is so disturbingly disgusting that the food your eating comes right out of your mouth, and you can’t finish it? I’ll tell you what’s better, everything.

Though Saw is credited with starting the whole torture porn craze, Hostel is sort of the film that really did first start pushing the boundaries. And when I’m talking about boundaries, I mean BOUNDRIESSS.

The one thing I will say about this film is that a lot of the things that happen actually will make you turn away from the screen. It is torture at its finest that does get under your skin, and will probably make you very queasy.

Director and writer Eli Roth has a real fascination for these tortures and that really comes out in this film. He does not once shy away from being too graphic, and I credit him for that. But, the one thing I will say about this film is that other than the merciless torturing there isn’t really much else.

The first 50 minutes show these two young guys just boning women left and right, and it acted more of a bad teen comedy than a horror film. This really does make the film drag, and takes about an hour until the violence actually begins. The mood has this sudden change on two losers on a quest to get some, and then to this sudden amount of violence. However, because of the pacing this makes the violence scenes of the film seem very short and takes away from the overall effect.

Though I’m not going to lie that the film did live up to the gross-out level I was expecting, and by the end of the film it kind of started to get better. It turned into a revenge/on the run story which made me cheer on the lead character as it was going on.

The acting is OK to say the least. I didn’t have a problem with the acting as much as I did with how these characters were shown to be. I felt like the character development wasn’t that well done, and could have been better to create more memorable and likable protagonists.

Consensus: Hostel proves to be extremely violent, filled with plenty of gore and guts, and shows that Eli Roth loves his creations, but its pacing is very mishandled, the characters weren’t very likable, and starts out very bad which lessens the effect of the film.



  1. Lame. Was based entirely on a shock value that didn’t deliver for me.

    I was incredibly disappointed. I hoped for terror.

    Best part was the Pulp Fiction reference. And that was subtle.

  2. Ha! We agree.
    Thank you for your comment. I should really get back into the reviewing game.
    It’s funny that we pretty much have said the same thing and nice to know that there are people on the same planet sometimes.
    I like the style of your blog. It’s very clean and you stick to the same layout. I may subscribe.

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