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Running Time:
1 hour, 35 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for brutal scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
If you like plenty of guts and gore, this is a wildly entertaining corpse-filled voyage into a nightmarish world.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: 4 commentary tracks: director's commentary with Eli Roth, director and executive producers' commentary with Quentin Tarantino, director and producer's commentary, director and guests' commentary with Harry Knowles of AintItCoolNews.com; "Hostel Dissected" multi-part behind-the-scenes featurette; "Kill the Car!" multi-angle interactive featurette.

There's not much new in this horror genre follow up to such money making shockers as "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," the two "Saw" films and the recent "Wolf Creek," but if you're looking for plenty of gore, shocks and violence, you'll certainly find it here. This is the story of two adventurous American college backpackers: Paxton (Jay Hernandez "Friday Night Lights"), a cool frat boy and his fumbling pal Josh (Derek Richardson "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd"). They meet a sex-crazed Icelander (Elythor Gudjonsson) while they're partying in Amsterdam where they all learn that there's even more wild action to be found if they go to Slovakia.

So they take off for Eastern Europe and a "hostel" they've heard about outside Bratislava. There they’re taken in (in all ways} by a couple of voluptuous femmes fatales (Barbara Nedeljakova and Jana Kaderabkova) whose aim, it soon becomes clear, is hardly just fun and games. The two beauties take them to the local nightspots which in turn leads them into a brief but extremely grisly slaughter sequence, followed by an elaborate finale that turns the movie into a cat-and-mouse chase, with a couple of horrific incidents, involving a disfigured Japanese girl and a band of totally ghastly feral kids. And to top it all off, it's followed by a gore-soaked vengeance scene.

Though the cast gets little opportunity to do very much, Hernandez makes a suitably handsome hunk and actually gains some sympathy in the later scenes. Richardson is more likable than loathsome as a dweeby sort marked for extinction. Since Gudjonsson comes across as such a complete jerk, you won't be too upset by what happens to him. And while you might enjoy looking at the beauteous Nedeljakova and Kaderabkova as the Slovakian seductresses who come on to the guys, they have little to do, and that's probably quite as much as they could handle.

Directed by Eli Roth ("Cabin Fever"), whose technical expertise is surprising for this kind of slasher film. Milan Chadima’s cinematography nicely captures the seediness of the European locales and keeps things suitably muted in the more explicit sequences. Nathan Barr’s moody score is another plus. But "Hostl" will really only appeal to audiences who enjoy the most violent video games and the goriest horror movies.

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