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2.9 19
Director: Eli Roth

Cast: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson


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Cabin Fever director Eli Roth skips the humor of his freshman feature and goes straight for the jugular in this unrelenting scare-fest about a pair of libidinous American backpackers seeking cheap thrills in the European countryside. Their carefree college days close behind and the responsibility of the real world looming ever closer on the horizon, Josh (Derek


Cabin Fever director Eli Roth skips the humor of his freshman feature and goes straight for the jugular in this unrelenting scare-fest about a pair of libidinous American backpackers seeking cheap thrills in the European countryside. Their carefree college days close behind and the responsibility of the real world looming ever closer on the horizon, Josh (Derek Richardson) and Paxton (Jay Hernandez) strap on their backpacks and prepare for a stratospheric last hurrah of booze, babes, drugs, and debauchery halfway across the globe. It's during a visit to Amsterdam that the pair meets up with raucous Icelandic backpacker Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson), and after the three globe-trotting thrill seekers catch wind of a Slovakian city whose male population has dwindled as a result of civil strife -- leaving the ladies ready and willing to accept any male companionship that might turn up at the local hostel -- the trio quickly beats a hasty retreat to the out-of-the-way oasis. Upon check-in, the trio is greeted by a bevy of beautiful locals and is quickly convinced that the hedonistic hideaway is indeed the real deal. Hazily awakening the following morning to find no trace of backpacking buddy Oli, Paxton chalks his former traveling companion's disappearance up to capriciousness and prepares for another day of debauchery, despite Josh's rapidly elevating sense of unease. Now trapped defenselessly in a foreign land without any means of escape and no way of anticipating the unimaginable hell that lies ahead, the pair is plunged into a torturous netherworld where the screams of the damned fill the air with dread and the warm rays of the sun are little more than a fading memory.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This gruesome shudder show takes cinematic horror to new depths with its startlingly realistic gore effects and uncompromising depiction of willful depravity. Backpacking across Europe, American students Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) meet up with fellow thrill seeker Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson) in Amsterdam and, after hearing of hedonistic pleasures to be found in the titular Slovakian hostel, head southeast. The hype is true, it initially seems, as the inn seems to overflow with promiscuous young beauties eager to please tourists. But the submissive ladies are just a ruse designed to lull travelers into a false sense of security: The most perverse human traffickers imaginable, in fact, have other plans for the pleasure-seeking young men. What happens next seems strategically devised to out-saw Saw. Writer-director Eli Roth -- inspired to write the film after hearing rumors of a similar establishment in Thailand -- transfers his action to Eastern Europe, remarkably with the cooperation of the Czech Republic, which provided shooting locations. Are local entrepreneurs there actually abducting Westerners for use in rich men’s snuff games? They probably didn’t discuss that with the local film commission. But the profoundly unsettling and deeply cautionary Hostel will certainly serve the interests of parents eager to chasten their children, especially ones eager to explore depraved sexual underworlds.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Cabin Fever director Eli Roth offers a finger-chopping, Achilles heel-slashing, blood-soaked, breast-filled variation on The Most Dangerous Game in this sophomore shocker that shifts the focus from goofy humor to squirmy splatter to nerve-shredding effect. To those familiar with the torture-happy films of Takashi Miike (who makes a humorous cameo as a satisfied customer) or the reprehensible horrors of the infamous Guinea Pig or All Night Long series of films, the sadistic concept that drives Hostel may be familiar and even somewhat passé by now. Casual filmgoers looking for a simple shock are in for quite a surprise, though, when they find out just how far Roth is willing to go in order to bring these Asian atrocities to the cozy, MPAA-policed confines of the American multiplex. Make no mistake, Hostel has a mean streak a mile wide, but horror is relative, and in the end it's the ability or willingness of viewers to endure the visceral terrors of the torture subgenre that will likely make or break the film for them. The fact that Roth's central trio of horny hikers are so instantly unlikable may make their grim fate a bit easier to endure, given that the viewer is hard-pressed to connect with them on any kind of emotional level, but the gut reaction that one gets when witnessing someone handcuffed to a chair and tormented with chain saws and rusty medical instruments just might not be everyone's idea of entertainment, regardless of whether or not one can relate to the characters. In a time when the multiplex is filled with watered-down horror remakes that strip away any and all social subtexts that may have been present in the original films to simply offer a glossy, jump-scare variation on a familiar central concept, Roth deserves credit for crafting a film that, even if it isn't entirely original, truly is relevant to his generation. It's as interesting to witness the reactions that two young Americans traveling abroad have to their new surroundings as it is to see how those from other cultures react to them, and even if they are little more than sex-crazed, frat-boy caricatures of Western values, Roth is obviously attempting to make a comment on how the U.S. is viewed from an outside perspective. When all is said and done, Hostel is most definitely more interested in making audiences cringe than it is in making any sort of bold political or sociological statement, but the presence of those aspects within Hostel is testament to Roth's successful ability to utilize the genre in a similar manner as Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper (two filmmakers who obviously made a big impression on the fledgling genre specialist) did in the 1970s. Though Roth may not have quite earned the privilege to be ranked alongside those two undisputed masters as a result of his first two features, he's certainly headed in the right direction.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Feature Disc: ; Director's commentayr with Eli Roth; Director's & executive producer's commentary; Director's & Producers' commentary ; Director's & Guests' commentary; Hostel dissected three part featurette; Kill the car multi-angle interactive feature; All new director's cut ending; ; Bonus Disc: ; Music and sound featurette; "Set Design" featurette; An Icelandic meal with Eythor Gudjonsson featurette; KNB effects featurette; Interview with director Takashi Miike; Hostel dismembered international television special; The Treatment radio interview with Eli Roth

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Hernandez Paxton
Derek Richardson Josh
Eythor Gudjonsson Oli
Jan Vlasák The Dutch Businessman
Barbara Nedeljáková Natalya
Jana Kaderabková Svetlana
Jennifer Lim Kana
Rick Hoffman The American Client
Keiko Seiko Yuki
Lubomir Bukovy Alex
Jana Havlickova Vala
Petr Janis The German Surgeon
Takashi Miike Miike Takashi
Zigo Patrik Bubble Gum Gang Leader
Milda Havlas Desk Clerk Jedi
Martin Kubacak The Scarred Cab Driver
Miroslav Táborský The Friendly Police Officer
Paula Wild Monique
Vladimir Silhavecky Yuri
Barbora Oboznenkova Disco Girl
Dan Frisch Fanny Pack Man
Radomil Uhlir The Stoned Manager
Jan Spanbauer Jacket Man
Mirek Navratil Dutch Bouncer
Vanessa Jungova Saskia
Katerina Vomelova Dominique
Lubos Vinicky Angry Dutch Elf
Petr Sadlacek The Toothless Cab Driver
Drahoslav Herzan Bob
Daniela Bakerova Older Woman
Martina Kralickova Pretty Woman
Ota Filip Muttonchop
Jakub Habarta Slovak Bus Boy
Philip Waley Alfie
Mark Taylor Brucey
Nick Roe Stan
Roman Janecka Bottle Thrower
Natali Tothova Natalya Shemp
Petra Kubesova Svetlana Shemp
David Baxa Museum Tortury Guard
Gabriel Roth Sir Robert Wappus
Miroslav Hanus The Nasty Police Officer
Christopher Allen Nelson Dutch Police Officer
Josef Bradna The Butcher
Zina Blahusova Actor
Kristina Kosunova Actor
Jana Semradova Actor
Klara Smetanova Actor
Katerina Cervenkova Actor
Karel Hrosek Actor
Hana Dibelkova Actor
Petra Slavikova Actor
Hana Vitvarova Actor
Veronika Petrova Actor
Mugi Lhagvadorj Actor
Alena Chrastinova Actor
Katerina Henesova Actor
Paul Talkington Conductor
Allan Wilson Conductor

Technical Credits
Eli Roth Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ashton Hinkinson Ltd. Casting
Nathan Barr Score Composer
David Baxa Art Director
Tomas Belohradsky Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound Mixer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Petr Bozdech Stunts
Christopher Briggs Producer
Franco-Giacomo Carbone Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer,Production Designer
Milan Chadima Cinematographer
Gerry Cueller Musical Direction/Supervision
Shane Daly Cinematographer
Greg Danylyshyn Musical Direction/Supervision
Jana Dopitova Makeup
Zuzana Drdacka Stunts
Zdenek Dvoracek Stunts
Jiri Firt Stunts
Mike Fleiss Producer
George Folsey Editor
Dan Frisch Co-producer
Rene Hajek Stunts
Petr Hnetkovsky Stunts
Petr Horacek Stunts
Roman Janecka Asst. Director
Blanka Jarosova Stunts
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Petr Kabrt Stunts
Filip Kadlec Stunts
Jindrich Klaus Stunts
Martin Kraus Stunts
Milos Kulhavy Stunts
Miroslav Lhotka Stunts
Dimo Lipitkovsky Stunts
Kelly Martin-Wagner Casting
Marek Motlicek Stunts
David Mottl Stunts
Pavel Myslik Stunts
Miroslav Navratil Stunts
Christopher Nelson Makeup
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Martin Pryca Special Effects Supervisor
Ales Putikk Stunts
Jiri Simbersky Stunts
Klara Slavikova Stunts
Scott Spiegel Executive Producer
Quentin Tarantino Executive Producer
Mark Taylor Asst. Director
Sona Tichickovi Casting
Ivan Vorlicek Casting
Philip Waley Co-producer
Kevin Wasner Makeup
Boaz Yakin Executive Producer
Kamila Zenkerova Stunts
Pavlina Zipkova Production Manager

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hostel: Feature Disc
1. Start [6:02]
2. A New Experience [2:10]
3. Enticing Advice [4:16]
4. An Awkward Encounter [3:18]
5. Land of Opportunity [2:22]
6. A Heavenly Hostel [5:15]
7. Making Amends [1:50]
8. What's Right for Josh [2:34]
9. King of Swing Is Missing [1:49]
10. Troubled Children [1:48]
11. Goodbye From Oli [2:30]
12. "It's Not Their Fault" [2:05]
13. Some Bad Alcohol [4:10]
14. Rude Awakening [5:08]
15. Déjà Vu [1:51]
16. Alone in a Strange Land [3:05]
17. Familiar Faces [2:26]
18. Arrival at the Art Show [3:40]
19. Dragged Into Darkness [2:38]
20. A Very Close Call [6:18]
21. Nowhere to Hide [1:43]
22. Chop Shop From Hell [3:46]
23. A Handy Disguise [2:07]
24. Slow Or Quick? [2:54]
25. A Second Chance [3:32]
26. A Vengeful Getaway [4:06]
27. Platform of Pain [2:23]
28. Cutting the Loose Ends [7:31]


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Hostel 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite horror film would have to be Hostel. I dont watch alot of horror films due thier cheesy nature, but this one was memorable. I like horror films that are realistic and intresting. Hostel, is a great horror film because of the originallity and realism. - The movie is basically about a secret club, where members pay millions to murder kidnaped tourist. The member get to choose the manner in which they will murder their victoms. You can accually imagine some phycos doing this, chills run down the spine when watching the graphinc scences. -The best quality of the movie is its realism. The movie has exellent special effects. The movie seems very realistic and the actors are pretty decent. -Additionally, the thing that stood out was the originallity. Most horror films have been done before and its good to see something new. Its good to see something other than a zombie or stalker horror film. The plot of the movie was a pretty good idea. It makes me wonder when the writter got the inspiration. - In conclusion, Hostel is a great watch on dvd. The film has really good realism and special effects. The movie itself is intresting because of the originality. Im accually affraid just thinking about this movie. I know movies are fake but it does make me wonder if people like that really exist,
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this movie stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm Italian and i run a hostel in Ushuaia, Argentina I was particularly surprised(but not that much in this crazy insane world) to know about a Thai site where they would actually do what happens in the movie. The movie itself has some good things and bad ones. The good(but difficul to watch because to me extremely scary) are the dark torture scenes and the overall atmosphere. the worst nightmare: Imagine being tied, handcuffed at a chair knowing that you will not get out alive while a crazy person plays with your pain, fear and parts of your body(cut a leg here, an ear there).Being totally dependent on the torturer's will for no reason. that's the scariest part, i think. the bad side of the movie is those kids that always appear all the time in many outdoors scenes(it seemed so stupid to me) and some other scenes. I don't understand why people complain about the nudity scenes. those girls are really beautiful and there's nothing to stop a guy to be in a dangerous situation if women are around. it's a reality
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie was not intended to be scary... it movie was psychological then a guy in a mask running around in a womans dorm... this movie made me wonder what if? i am from poland and have stayed in hostels around europe... you need to keep your eye out for ppl....you never know where u might wake up...i loved it it was worth my time and i really felt bad for those guys and everyone in that hell...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is dumb. There is nothing about this one but to show some gore and more gore. If you like this movie, you might want to have your head examined by a professional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The much awaited and anticipated horror film Hostel was a complete failure. The story line was lacking in substance and it seemed they depended only on sex appeal and cheap scares to keep the viewer entertained, but it failed to even do that. For those few people with no decency and a craving for soft-core porn i do recomend this movie but for the rest of humanity, who i hope actually has a soul, you should run, not walk away from the movie. The characters are under-developed and lack intelligence which almost gives me a hope that they will die. The curse that this movie has afflicted on the world is terrible and i can only hope to save you from the pain of seeing the movie. I went with a hope of seeing some good gore and unique tortue devices but i was granted niether. The movies attempt at scaring the audience only succeeded in the beginning when they are forced to watch porn. Do not rent it. Do not buy it. Do not watch this movie for longer than half a second.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome to your worst nightmare,backpacking across Europe and suddenly being lured as a victim to a murder-for-profit business. Eli Roth wrote and directed this movie and I for one think he did a great job!! It contains topless nudity and the torture,gore scenes might be a bit disturbing for some. The storyline is great and it seemed like it could really happen. I'm glad I added it to my DVD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trite, predictable plot -- even the sex scenes make you yawn. Uninteresting sets and locations. Cinematography straight out of the textbook. Dimensionless characters so poorly developed you can't like 'em, hate 'em, or be scared of 'em. (You just want to be rid of 'em! -- and to that extent only the film does provide some reward toward the end.) Special effects that are indeed grisly, but ultimatley neither impressive nor cathartic. A Hollywood happy ending (yes! even including a car chase!!) that is much more likely than the torture scenes to induce nausea. Lingering in the background, a weak political allegory that must have something to say about the post-Gulf Wars "New World Order" but says it so vaguely that it could be merely warmed-over puritanism. Maybe even anti-corporate satire -- who knows? If you liked the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you'd do better to watch it again than to watch this one. (Or for the travel angle, try If It's Tuesday It Must Be Belgium.) Undeniably the film will appeal to a certain kind of viewer: not film buffs, however, but more likely those who keep snakes as pets only because they eat live mice. What a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was excellent and well made and made me jump and scream plenty of times. I highly reccomend it to all horror fans. A little too much sex and nudity though
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Movie! Had lots of suspenseful times, however those who are squemish should watch out, there was lots of blood. Great Plot and the scenes were very visually captavating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is ridiculous! Not scary at all, just stupid senseless gore we have seen in all the other movies. Poor story line, the only thing worse than the story line was the acting. Don't buy this, don't rent this. If you really want to see this movie, wait until a friend rents it or something. Save your time & money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved how I was finally able to watch a scary and gory movie, without the sarcasm and perverse jokes. However, I do agree with another review of it showing a lot of nudity, for a horror movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was god awful. The plot was lame and was basicly soft-core porn for the first 45 minutes. Afterwards the story (which was bad to begin with) went even further down hill. After all the hype I wanted to see this movie so bad, "The scarist movie of the year". I wanted to be scared during a movie for once, but sadly I left the theater disappointed. The only reason I would even recommend movie to someone is so they could see how bad it really was. If you actually enjoyed this movie, you have brain problems and should see a doctor and then go out and see a GOOD horror movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All i can say is this has to be the most freakiest gross out movies I have ever seen. Its about 2 guys who on vacation are lured into a dark and sinister place and then try to survive for the lives...literally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a fright, don't watch Hostel and don't let the reviews on this page persuade you to either. Trust me. This movie sucks!!!I wanted to see this movie so bad because of the reviews and commercials and sneak peeks I saw. I also wanted to see it because Quinten Tarentino, someone I really look up to, was producing it. I went out and bought it expecting it to be a nightmare of torture with non stop blood and gore. I got the complete opposite. Sure, there are some clever and creepy ways on how to kill/torture someone, but it was overall, a disapointment. I got about an hour of useless stuff to see about 10 minutes of torture. So disapointing...
Guest More than 1 year ago
JAY HERNANDEZ is irresistbly HOT!!!and the movie is bloddy and gross Ive never seen before!!!its SOMETHING different from other horror movies!!NEW STORY AND NEW STYLE!!I enjoyed watching this movie!!!you should watch it too trust me!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was awful & a waste of time!!