The 2000's were a bad time for mainstream horror in the US. Films were either underwhelming j-horror remakes or uninspired sequels, prequels, and revisions. It seemed that movies like Dark Water and Hellraiser: Deader would never stop coming. Then a beacon in that dark and boring sea.
Hostel is Eli Roth's masterpiece of horror cinema. The harsh comedy, intense gore, and intriguing story are all expertly executed. This fine addition to my ever growing list of scary movies is not just great. It's also important. Hostel came at just right time. It breathed life into the fledgling horror genre. 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 offend the weak gutted.
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.
- 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).