Monday, February 23, 2015

Hostel (2006)

Starring: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, and Eythor Gudjonsson

Homicidal Maniac: Some Meanies from Slovakia

Run time: 1:34:00

Quick Synopsis: Three tourists find themselves in grave danger while staying at a Slovakian hostel.

I feel it is a true disservice that Hostel is considered by many as pure "torture-porn."  I am not trying to preach the idea that the movie doesn't have gore, but the movie is truly more than blood and tits.  Part of the films poor perception revolves around the way that the movie was promoted (see trailer above).  Pushing the torture the way they did allows for all the moms and other asshole critics to start shitting on the movie before it even comes out.  This is not some piece of art that the viewer must treasure for decades to come, however, there is definitely effort put into creating a good story.  The protagonists may not be completely likable, but I feel as though they have enough going for them to make the viewer care.  I don't know if there was too much character development but there is something there in terms of young guys looking to explore the world without having to worry about the repercussions (going to Amsterdam) only to find themselves in trouble they couldn't imagine.  Also there was good mirroring created between the brothels early in the film and the torture rooms that come later.  The build up as a whole creates a decent level of security.  The torture scenes that follow will get a reaction from almost everybody, even though each death actual occurs off-screen.  That might surprise some but no one is actually "tortured to death" on-screen.  Additionally, the audience is given the satisfaction of seeing the villains in the film be killed off in several different revenge scenes.  Hostel is a unjustifiably disrespected awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: Over 150 gallons of blood were used in the making of the movie.

Hidden Gem: During the film, a guard is watching a porn titled Sex Fever. It is a parody of Roth's first film Cabin Fever.

Total Kill Count: 13
Oli- Eythor Gudjonsson (33:00) Decapitated/Offscreen Gore Rating: 7
Josh- Derek Richardson (45:00) Tortured Gore Rating: 8
The German Surgeon- Petr Janis (1:05:00) Shot in the Head Gore Rating: 6
Guard (1:06:00) Shot Gore Rating: 1
The Butcher- Josef Bradna (1:11:00) Struck in the Head Gore Rating: 1
The American Client- Rick Hoffman (1:18:00) Shot Gore Rating: 2
Svetlana- Jana Kaderabkova (1:21:00) Hit by Car Gore Rating: 5
Alex- Lubomir Bukovy (1:21:00) Hit by Car Gore Rating: 4
Natalya- Barbara Nedeljakova (1:21:00) Hit by Two Cars Gore Rating: 6
Bald Bad Guy (1:22:00) Head Smashed in with Rocks Gore Rating: 10
Other Bad Guy (1:22:00) Head Smashed in with Rocks Gore Rating: 4
Kana- Jennifer Lim (1:25:00) Torture/Jumps in Front of Train Gore Rating: 9
The Dutch Businessman- Jan Vlasak (1:29:00) Fingers Cut Off/Throat Slit Gore Rating: 8

             Horror Film: 7
             Entertainment: 7
             Gore: 9
             Overall: 7.5