Hostel (2005) Review


Halloween Review #3

**Taken From My Personal Rotten Tomatoes Account**

Plot: Three college backpackers head to a Slovakian city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea what sort of hell awaits them there.

This is the sort of movie that gets talked about quite frequently, ranging from “scariest movie in quite some time” to “one of the most violent movies of all time”, and I don’t really see that. It is more of a good guilty pleasure horror film that was a tad violent and had a few nice jump scenes, but why all the notoriety for the violence. It really wasn’t all that violent, in my opinion.


The film was written and directed by Eli Roth, who I know mainly from his “Thanksgiving” segment on Grindhouse. The direction is much better than the screenplay, but I must give him credit for the straightforwardness of the story and how well it develops the characters, for a recent horror film.

The acting wasn’t too great, but Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson were definitely the stand-outs (and the only real believable acting performances of film).


In conclusion of this sloppily written review, it may seem that I criticized this film more than I gave it credit seeing as I rated the film a 70%, but I should say that it is definitely something that has to be seen to be believed. I was shocked at how much I liked this film, and although I was only slightly creeped out in a few scenes, I can never stay at a hostel now because of it. Like I said, I really didn’t find this film all that violent, and it isn’t really a film for everyone’s tastes, however if you are a fan of really dark horror films, you might find yourself liking this film (and avoiding staying at a hostel).

My Rating: 7.5/10

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