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Hostel (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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Petr Janis
as German Surgeon
Jan Vlasák
as Dutch Businessman
Milda Jedi Havlas
as Desk Clerk Jedi
Zigo Patrik
as Bubble Gum Gang Leader
Martin Kubacak
as Scarred Cab Driver
Milda Havlas
as Desk Clerk Jedi
Miroslav Táborský
as Friendly Police Officer
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 (109) | Top Critics (26)

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.

December 29, 2006

Hostel's merely unpleasant and more than a little dumb.

November 27, 2006 | Rating: C
Top Critic

The first act's filler, otherwise it's a squirmer. Bring a bucket.

August 2, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Beyond its 'How far can I go?' attitude to violence, Hostel has no reason to exist.

March 21, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's a feeling of not quite hitting the mark here.

January 15, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hostel


A good horror film but overhyped. Didn't think it was any more gory than most other recent horror films. Seen far more gore in many low budget horrors.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

It starts out as a stupid dope and sex comedy for a while before things get uncomfortable and ultimately unbearably cruel. And for the longest time it's easy to keep your distance to the film, shake your head at the mediocre acting and unrealistic character decisions. In the last 30 minutes the film goes so batshit crazy, incredibly cruel and basically out of its way to give each character what they deserve that it's actually kinda fun. At least if you don't mind watching someone's eye hanging out of the socket getting cut off with a pair of scissors. Insane.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

After giving the first Hostel a second viewing, I found myself liking it more than the first time. The first time I saw this film, I absolutely despised it. I didn't like it whatsoever. I don't know what I liked from the second viewing, but I guess that it what it was supposed to. The gore is unrelenting, this film is violent and disgusting, and it's a true thrill ride and brings Horror porn to a whole new level. Eli Roth is a fairly decent director; I also enjoyed his first film, Cabin Fever. Hostel is definitely not for the faint of heart, there are some strong graphic scenes of violence that even the strong stomachs won't be able to tolerate. A decent enough film, only the second time around Hostel was a good film but I personally prefer the Saw series. Hostel has definitely unnerving sequences that aren't for the squeamish. The film is very much a different type of film than the Saw series, but it still has the vibe. Hostel is yet another gore riddled torture porn horror flick that will most likely appeal to fans of horror that enjoy good gore. This is the only film in the trilogy that I enjoyed, and that I really recommend. This is worth watching if you want something a bit different, and very disturbing. This definitely one of few original ideas for a horror films that works. The film has its flaws, but Eli Roth delivers a good flick that definitely is worth your time. This is a work of a director who took a risk, and it has definitely paid off.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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