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Hostel

horror, thrillers


In the vein of Friday the 13th and other pulse pounding horror films. Hostel is about a group of American kids vacationing in Europe, traveling from place to place, staying in youth hostels. Then the murders begin.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    61%
  • Audience Score
    54%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Extremely brutal and graphic; not for the faint of heart.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is absolutely not for kids. The premise and primary "plot" is torture, specifically, the torture of young travelers by wealthy adults who pay thousands of dollars for the experience. These images are graphic and bloody (severed limbs, penetrated genitals, sliced Achilles tendon, gouged eye, with weapons including scissors, chainsaws, knives, hammers, drills, clippers, guns, cars, and chairs). One character throws herself in front of a train when she sees her disfigurement following torture. These violent scenes are preceded by a sojourn in Amsterdam, featuring girls' breasts and one frontal nudity shot. Characters engage in boisterous sex and a man makes a homosexual pass at an unwilling young man. Characters smoke, drink, and do multiple sorts of drugs. Characters use frequent foul language (over 100 f-words, derogatory terms like "faggot" and, in this context, "gay," slang for genitals, "damn," "hell").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's rudimentary moral lessons. What lessons is the film trying to convey about backpacking through Europe or class disparities? Or, you might consider the film's evocations of movie conventions, appeals to genre connoisseurs (including homages to executive producer Quentin Tarantino). Are these images cynical responses to a violent world or incisive commentary on violence in media?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    61%
    reviews counted: 10
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  • Audience

    54%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Roth proves unable to control the tone of his premise, in the end pandering too much to the male adolescent audience that he at first seems to be satirising.

- Anton Bitel, Eye for Film, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Brian Marder, Hollywood.com, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fresh: The skill with which Eli Roth has constructed his film, especially its first 40 minutes, leads me to give it the benefit of the doubt. It's creepy, gripping, horrifying stuff.

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

So much nudity that made me forgot what this movie was about. When will the film industry start thinking about making a decent horror movie instead of piling up with porn scenes in it? The torture scenes was the only horrifying part that made this movie worth it. But do I recommend this to watch? Not really. It's cheap. Not worth your money or your time.

- 3niR, Wednesday, September 15, 2010

1 star

So much nudity that made me forgot what this movie was about. When will the film industry start thinking about making a decent horror movie instead of piling up with porn scenes in it? The torture scenes was the only horrifying part that made this movie worth it. But do I recommend this to watch? Not really. It's cheap. Not worth your money or your time.

- 3niR, Wednesday, September 15, 2010

3 stars

After giving the first Hostel a second viewing, I found myself liking it more than the first time. The first time I saw this film, I absolutely despised it. I didn't like it whatsoever. I don't know what I liked from the second viewing, but I guess that it what it was supposed to. The gore is unrelenting, this film is violent and disgusting, and it's a true thrill ride and brings Horror porn to a whole new level. Eli Roth is a fairly decent director; I also enjoyed his first film, Cabin Fever. Hostel is definitely not for the faint of heart, there are some strong graphic scenes of violence that even the strong stomachs won't be able to tolerate. A decent enough film, only the second time around Hostel was a good film but I personally prefer the Saw series. Hostel has definitely unnerving sequences that aren't for the squeamish. The film is very much a different type of film than the Saw series, but it still has the vibe. Hostel is yet another gore riddled torture porn horror flick that will most likely appeal to fans of horror that enjoy good gore. This is the only film in the trilogy that I enjoyed, and that I really recommend. This is worth watching if you want something a bit different, and very disturbing. This definitely one of few original ideas for a horror films that works. The film has its flaws, but Eli Roth delivers a good flick that definitely is worth your time. This is a work of a director who took a risk, and it has definitely paid off.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, November 23, 2012