Hostel

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  • Trailer 1
  • Clip: Train station

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Two adventurous American college buddies, Paxton and Josh, backpack through Europe eager to make quintessentially hazy travel memories with new friend Oli, an Icelander they've met along the way. Paxton and Josh are eventually 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.

Cast

  • Jay Hernandez
  • Derek Richardson
  • Eythor Gudjonsson
  • Barbara Nedeljakova
  • Jana Kaderabkova
  • Jan Vlasak
  • Jennifer Lim
  • Lubomir Silhavecky
  • Paula Wild
  • Lubomir Bukovy

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • (at around 1h 15 mins) "The American Businessman" (Rick Hoffman) almost gave himself a concussion and bruised his head with the butt of his gun while filming the scene where he decides how to murder his victim.
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Goofs

  • (at around 1h) In the scene with the torture of the "American" character, we can see the man inflicting the torture is visibly uncomfortable. At one point, he removes his face mask from his left ear, but the right ear remains on. Moments later, he's seen in the reflection of the mirror replacing the strap on the right ear, as it hangs from his left.
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Quotes

    • Josh: Did we come all the way to Europe to smoke pot?
    • Oli: Hey, I came all the way from Iceland.
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Metacritic

70

Eli Roth turns to modern-day Asian fright filmmakers as inspiration for his latest blood-soaked effort while demonstrating an intriguing, original voice of his own.

Metacritic review by Michael Rechtshaffen
Michael Rechtshaffen
The Hollywood Reporter
75

It's a back-to-basics, gore-and-gristle look at the no-frills nastiness of 1970s films, in which monsters, mutants and ghosts can't hold a candle to the sheer, unadulterated evil that lurks in the hearts of men.

Metacritic review by Maitland McDonagh
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide Magazine