Released: 2005

Written and Directed by Eli Roth

At first glance, Hostel appears to be no different than a ‘run of the mill’ gore horror film. While retaining many of the gore horror attributes, such as cringe inducing torture, this film contains a plot which does more than momentarily distract the audience between scenes of gruesome violence.

Though he does not often dwell in the horror genre, Quentin Tarantino is credited as the producer of the film. Irrespective of whether he actually participated greatly in its development, there are elements of Tarantino style found throughout. The most prevalent of these is the small quirks of the characters, such as Paxton being a vegetarian. This minute detail is employed as plot device to foreshadow further interaction between specific characters.

In another departure from the traditional horror elements, the characters in Hostel appear to be modeled after living breathing humans as opposed to the standard emotionless teenagers with no depth. When the majority of characters within a story have a clear motive or purpose, it allows the audience to connect and, possibly, derive a message.

In addition to portraying Americans as rich naive individuals without a sense of morality, the film acts as a commentary on the question: “Is killing always unjust?”

As far as the elements are concerned, writer/director Eli Roth may have released the best film of the genre, thus far. This film will not disappoint on any level, unless you have previously booked reservations in Bratislava without the option for a refund.

Rating : 8/10

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