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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hostel (2005) - Eli Roth


Eli Roth brings us one hell of a masterpiece in horror cinema. Everything about this movie from the dark comedy to the intense gore expertly executed. This fine addition to my ever growing list of scary movies is not just great. It's important. Hostel came at a time when I had almost lost faith in horror films. It restored my faith and inspired me to keep believing that I can keep getting scared.


With the backing of Quentin Tarantino and the direction of Eli Roth, you know your in for an entertaining treat. Top notch writing and acting don't hurt it either. If you wanted a horror movie with kid's gloves on then keep on looking. This movie might just be too much for you. 

A couple of Americans vacationing in Europe find themselves visiting Slovakia, for some reason, and end up in a creepy town with a disturbing secret. An elite group of rich people hunt visitors for sport. Not really hunt. More like tie down and torture. 

The movie takes pieces of films like The Wicker Man and gross-out slasher pictures to create this interesting picture that keeps you entertained from beginning to end. Upon watching this movie at the theater I noticed some theater goers shielding their eyes and even dry heaving during scenes of intense gore. Keep your eye out for one in-particular. 


The moment I noticed that this movie was different thank other films was when our hero gets his vengeance. People in the theater actually got up and cheered! They clapped and laughed when one of our antagonists got their comeuppances. It was amazing. I highly recommend this movie to most anyone that wants to get into horror. It will test the limits of your tolerance and set a benchmark for horror flicks.


Director: Eli Roth
Country: USA

Did ya know...
After Josh (Derek Richardson) has his Achilles' tendon sliced, much of his screaming is real. While writhing in pain, the actor accidentally pulled the chair up and brought it down on his foot, nearly splitting his toe in half. When Paxton is in the slaughterhouse with the German, he delivers a speech in German. He is saying, "If you kill me, it'll destroy your life. Every time you close your eyes, you'll see me. I'll be in your nightmares every night, your whole life. I will ruin it." Over 150 gallons of blood were used in the making of the movie, nearly three times the amount used on Eli Roth's first film Cabin Fever (2002).

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