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Featuring lots of guts and gore, Hostel is a wildly entertaining corpse-filled journey -- assuming one is entertained by corpses, guts, and gore, that is.



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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.


Petr Janis
as German Surgeon
Jan Vlasák
as Dutch Businessman
Milda Jedi Havlas
as Desk Clerk Jedi
Martin Kubacak
as Scarred Cab Driver
Zigo Patrik
as Bubble Gum Gang Leader
Miroslav Táborský
as Friendly Police Officer
Milda Havlas
as Desk Clerk Jedi
Paula Wild
as Monique
Daniel S. Frisch
as Fanny Pack Man
Radomil Uhlir
as Stoned Manager
Dan Frisch
as Fanny Pack Man
Jan Spanbauer
as Jacket Man
Mirek Navratil
as Dutch Bouncer
Lubos Vinicky
as Angry Dutch Elf
Petr Sedlacek
as Toothless Cab Driver
Daniela Bakerova
as Older Woman
Petr Sadlacek
as The Toothless Cab Driver
Martina Kralickova
as Pretty Woman
Ota Filip
as Muttonchop
Jakub Habarta
as Slovak Bus Boy
Roman Janecka
as Bottle Thrower
Natali Tothova
as Natalya Shemp
Petra Kubesova
as Svetlana Shemp
Gabriel A. Roth
as Sir Robert Wappus
Lord David Baxa
as Museum Tortury Guard
Miroslav Hanus
as Nasty Police Officer
Christopher Allen Nelson
as Dutch Police Officer
Josef Bradna
as The Butcher
Takashi Miike
as Miike Takashi
Rick Hoffman
as American Client
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Critic Reviews for Hostel

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (42)

  • Whether or not this kind of horror movie is your cup of tea, you have to at least admire Roth for the daring and creativity with which he illustrates that concept.

    Dec 29, 2006
  • Hostel's merely unpleasant and more than a little dumb.

    Nov 27, 2006 | Rating: C

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Sadly, as with [director Eli] Roth's promising but flawed debut feature, its central conceit is more compelling than what ended up on screen.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Beyond its 'How far can I go?' attitude to violence, Hostel has no reason to exist.

    Mar 21, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce
    Top Critic
  • All this in a 94-minute movie that takes 45 minutes getting started!

    Jan 14, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Although I spent much of the second half staring into my lap while listening to a cacophony of screams and shop tools, I processed enough of the first to appreciate Roth's sinister evocation of a Slovakian provincial town.

    Jan 13, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

    Jan Stuart

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hostel

  • Apr 11, 2015
    The gore often borders on tasteless, however the film's plot and performances really resolute towards a genuinely enjoyable film. Not your run of the mill horror picture in the fact that it sort of satirical of the xenophobia rife amongst the younger generation. Whilst some could view it as stereotype, its more a poke of fun, and fun the film is. Not one to watch with your parents, the film isn't just flooded with blood but also sex and nudity, oh and strong language. The direction is solid and steady, but the film is very slow to start. Worth a watch if you're a true gore-hound.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2013
    Eli Roth knows it's horror. It's knowledge on the genre is undeniable but as craftsman he still leaves a lot to be desirable. That knowledge helped a lot on the inception of Hostel: the premise is original, having a bunch of pricks as protagonists was spot-on, treating Europe as a shady place is somewhat questionable but the beating on american culture and consumerism pays of later on. It's just a shame that the script and dialogues are so poor and drag on for too long. Come on, this is a typical old school video nasty flick, brought to modern audiences with all the best tool availables (Greg Nicotero anyone?), then why the hell have you backed of on the gore so much? Horror fans have flocked to see this one given the awesome promotion it had, sick and twisted posters and frightening premise but all that has kinda been thrown out of the window. The torture scenes work for some extent, because they are tense and leave some to your imagination. The ambiance is well handled and the desperation palpable but we can't really connect too well with these characters all that much. Fortunently, it drops some very dark and twisted humor after the nastiness is introduced that saves the movie to some extent. The material is there, but it's not handled well. Hostel could've easily been a subversive take on the genre, criticizing it by showing too much nastiness, even by horror fans standards but also, with a polished plot, make it's good ideas work much better and making it's message come across. Like so, it doesn't stand above the rest of the lot.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2013
    Hostel is a film often related to Saw. Other than both being torture porn films, there's not a whole lot they have in common. This film also often brought up as being one of the "worst" horror films of recent year, in being ammoral and gory. The gore is standard for this sort of film, I'd say... What is more disturbing is the concept of monetizing and creating a system around the torture of innocent people, and even then this idea could have been delivered a bit better I think. The plot is interesting and the film kept me watching. The first half and second half of the film are quite distinct from one another, but they're obviously part of the same story and film flows well.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2012
    After the initial shock wears off, you wonder what shocked you in the first place. Entertaining, predictable, gory, and sadistic.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer

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