Box art for 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.

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
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®

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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


- Brian Marder,, 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

5 stars

Another example that Eli Roth is exactly what the horror genre needs right now. Directors are too afraid to have fun in their movies, it's all about shock and awe. This film is such a brilliant piece in that it allows the audience to have fun at the movies again. It makes you laugh and creeped out at the same time. There's so much charm and energy that you can't help but fall in love with this. The characters are scarily accurate and do exactly what they would in the given circumstances.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, November 17, 2009

0 star

This movie sucks hard!!!!

- dukeakasmudge, Friday, October 23, 2009

4 stars

I liked it a lot, it is probably one of the best and most original horrors of the last 10 years. Only watch if you like your horror to be dark though as this isn?t your run of the mill highschool slasher movie!

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 29, 2009