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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.
This is a movie for gore-whores and no one else. Seriously, it’s designed for sickos. If that’s you, get ready for it, you’re going to love it. Just stay far far away from me.
Of course the really weird thing about the gore-hound set is that aside from the fact that they’re in to decapitations, splatter fans are usually some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Take the film’s director, Eli Roth. If you heard him in an interview and didn’t know about his peculiar blood fetish, you might think him a pretty average, cool, down to Earth guy. Well don’t give him your address, he’s the maker of Hostel. He’s also the mind behind Cabin Fever, a movie hailed by horror elites like Peter Jackson as one of the best horror flicks in years. I’m not sure I really dug the movie, but the DVDs extras alone make it worth a rent.
Hostel knows its audience and looks like it’s going to give them a huge treat. I’m not part of that audience, but you’ve got to give it credit for that.
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