Eli Roth's Hostel is one of those infamous horror movies that needs no introduction. Debuting in 2005, a year after James Wan's Saw, the film solidified torture porn as a defining horror trope of the 2000s. Hostel is known because of its unflinching brutality, and it is one of the hardest mainstream horror movies to stomach (not in a good way).

Much of that stems from the fact that Hostel fails to deliver anything satisfying on a non-gore level. The characters are thinly-drawn, there isn't a genuine plot to drive the madness forward and the entire film is steeped in a bizarre sense of fear and distrust towards the people of Europe. On a premise level, Hostel actually kind of works. In execution (pun very much intended) it leaves a lot to be desired. Oh, and don't even bother with the two sequels. They are even worse than the original.

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