Two friends, and a new third, vacationing overseas are looking for excitement. After getting a taste of legal drugs and sex the three decide to travel into Slovakia, looking for a hostel rumored to be full of beautiful lusty women. Instead they find a house of horrors.
Jay Hernandez (Paxton), Derek Richardson (Josh), Eythor Gudjonsson (Oli), Barbara Nedeljakova (Natalya), Jana Kaderabkova (Svetlana), Jennifer Lim (Kana), Keiko Seiko (Yuki), Petr Janis (Surgeon), Rick Hoffman (American Client).
Hostel begins looking like just about any other college horror film, with some partying and the search for sex by young men. From the beginning the things the guys do seem questionable, and downright dangerous after they head to Slovakia. But with the fun they are having, who can blame them? But the fun ends as we realize the men have been herded into a dangerous trap that will likely cost them their lives in a house of torture.
Acting was pretty good with Hernandez delivering a fairly solid performance. Richardson was a bit soft around the edges while Gudjonsson brought a nice bit of levity to the story. Kaderabkova was a waste of time but fortunately had Nedeljakova, who did very well. Hoffman was in type as a complete jerk, and the remainder of the supporting cast did well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were fitting for the film and felt pretty good all around. Physical effects were some very well done horror scenes with good detail, gore, and sound. Dialogue was good though some accents were a challenge. Sound and soundtrack were nicely done.
Overall Hostel is an enjoyable horror flick with a few good twists, and some very well done horror scenes. Fans of the genre will enjoy this the most while those without a taste for nudity, sexuality, and graphic horror will be probably be repulsed.
With plenty of nudity, sexuality, drug use, graphic violence and gore save this for the oldest teens or adults only.
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Hostel is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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