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Presented by Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2) and directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), Hostel is a shocking and relentless film in the tradition of Saw about two American backpackers (Jay Hernandez, Friday Night Lights and Derek Richardson, Dumb and Dumberer) in Europe who find themselves lured in as victims of a murder-for-profit business. Paxton and Josh, two college friends, are lured by a fellow traveler to what's described as a nirvana for American backpackers -- a particular hostel in an out-of-the-way Slovakian town stocked with Eastern European women as desperate as they are gorgeous. The two friends arrive and soon easily pair off with exotic beauties Natalya and Svetlana. In fact, too easily... Initially distracted by the good time they're having, the two Americans quickly find themselves trapped in an increasingly sinister situation that they will discover is as wide and as deep as the darkest, sickest recess of human nature itself -- if they survive.
The first question most fans will ask is, "Where is the unrated footage?" Surprisingly, the only new footage to be found is 30 seconds added to the Fulci-esque "eyegasm" sequence (as it's affectionately referred to in the executive producers' commentary.) The meat, shall we say, of the DVD is in the extras, particularly in "HOSTEL Dissected" (a three part "making of" featurette) and the four feature-length commentaries. The featurette is very amusing mainly because of the wicked irony of the film crew having so much fun making a film whose subject manner is so graphic and unsettling. Some of the highlights include Eli Roth joking at a press conference about Icelandic actor Eythor Gudjonsson ("Oli") and how he is going to replace Björk as Iceland's big star, only to be picked up on Icelandic news as a confrontational proclamation. Also priceless is Roth telling actress Jennifer Lim ("Kana") that Hostel is inspired by true events about a similar place in Thailand, and she gullibly eats it up. The best extra by far is the executive producer's feature length commentary with Quentin Tarantino. During the film they discuss many topics including whether Hostel is a "horror" film or a "thriller," how they got away with an R rating, why the new breed of highly graphic horror films are so popular, why European actresses are less uptight about nudity, director Takashi Miike's cameo, and all the extra grossed-out ideas they never filmed but would love to add. Looking at Hostel you would think they're all a bunch of sadistic and creepy guys, but after listening to their commentary, nothing could be further from the truth. They all simply just love the horror genre, love filmmaking and are having a blast making their movies. What is great about the extras on this DVD is they really breathe life into the filmmakers' personalities and thought processes. If you think that Hotel is a simple soft-core torture film, watching the extras and listening to the commentaries may help change your perspective. --Rob Bracco
Action packed and suspenseful. Works for me. I would recommend it to horror, gore lovers.Published 2 months ago by Montana Rod
Great movie, It came packages correctly and without any scratches. I loved all the Hostel movies so if you are in for a good scare I would recommend this one!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first and second Hostel's are equally scary. The third is not in the same league.Published 2 months ago by Mr. Oldtimer
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There is an additional few seconds in the chainsaw scene, but yeah...Big deal!!!
Nov 22, 2006 by Nate | See all 2 posts
Hostel wants to be compared to the TRUE gore movies but it fails. Tarantino is good making action movies but he's not Lucio Fulci. Beside that, the real gore is in Europe and Japan, where you can find "almost-snuff" stuff, enough to make you sick and enjoy your own vomit. Want real... Read More
Apr 21, 2006 by mrblack | See all 8 posts
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What the heck is UMD and PSP.
May 13, 2006 by D. Juszynski | See all 2 posts
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