After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
3 backpackers are in Amsterdam where they get locked out of their youth hostel. They are invited into a man's house where he tells them of a hostel somewhere in eastern Europe where the women are all incredibly hot and have a taste for American men. When they get there, everything is too good to be true - the hostel is "to die for"Written by
Oli speaks a little Icelandic in the film: When knocking on the hotel door, Oli yells "Döfulsins" which literally means "devil", but in the context it's kind of the Icelandic "fuck", also Oli says the word "snípur" which means "clit". Then when Josh calls Oli and he gets his voice mail, which says "Hæ, þetta er Óli, legðu inn skilaboð og ég hringi í þig." which translates "Hi, this is Oli, leave a message and I'll call you back". In the subtitles on the DVD the word "snípur" is misspelled as "sneepur" to avoid people confusing it with the english word "sniper". See more »
The beginning of the movie takes place in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. One of the characters has a conversation in the Dutch language. However, the language he's speaking isn't actually Dutch, but German. See more »
At the very end of the credits, the character of Natalya is heard to say, "I get a lot of money for you... and that make you my bitch". This is a piece of audio lifted from an earlier scene in the film. See more »
In the German version, the dialogue that was in German has been changed to Spanish. See more »
Considering the marketing of Hostel as one of the most shocking horror films, my girlfriend and I were eager to watch the just out "uncut" DVD. Actually, I watched most of it alone as she fell asleep within 45 minutes.
We watch a lot of horror films, yet this one fell well short of any frights, dream-weavers, or even suspense. I'm being generous in giving it a 5 of 10.
And do not expect it to be a Quentin Tarantino film either. He neither wrote nor directed it, and I can only imagine how much more interesting it would be if he had. There was no evidence of Tarantino in it whatsoever. Now I'm not hating on Eli Roth, I liked Cabin Fever, with it's mix of angst, blood, and black humor, but he took a fine concept for a film, and turned it into a shmozzle of a road-trip movie without any laughs, a soft-porn movie that wouldn't even excite a teenager, a gore movie which just seemed wholly unrealistic and hokey, and a thriller into a predictable outcome without any tension.
Yes there were some scenes that were disturbing, perhaps, to the squeamish, but I wouldn't let my mother watch it anyway. I found Rob Zombie's "Devil's Rejects" much more disturbing, unexpected, tense, and story-driven than this yawn, I mean, yarn.
I was expecting much more with Tarantino prominently featured as executive producer. I mean, True Romance, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Dusk Till Dawn even, these are all either noteworthy or excellent movies he's written, but sadly, he penned nothing here. I would really be interested in what he'd do with a horror screenplay himself.
To summarize, I'm glad I didn't pay to see it in the theater, and also glad I work in a video store so that I could see it for free. It's barely worth a DVD rental (very scant special features BTW), if only to inspire others to strive to do more and better in writing and directing than this tame might-have-been.
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