Hostel is a 2005 horror film directed by Eli Roth. It is the first film in the Hostel series.
A group of American college students traveling in Europe decide to visit a hostel in Slovakia, which is claimed to be full of beautiful women. Instead, they are dragged into a dark world, where rich people pay to be able to torture and kill people.
Why It Sucks
- The movie uses gratuitous violence and gore just for the sake of shocking the audience; beyond that, there's very little story.
- To put things simply, none of the main characters are likable. They're all annoying assholes only interested in partying, having sex, and doing drugs.
- Ultimately, with everyone in the movie being either evil or a jerk, there's no one to really care about.
- The characters are all flat and underdeveloped.
- Excessive number of homophobic slurs.
- Poor pacing; the movie takes over 50 minutes to get started, before suddenly rushing to an ending.
- The end of the movie is way too full of contrivances and coincidences.
- Unfitting soundtrack.
- The movie's portrayal of Slovakia is extremely inaccurate.
- The lighting and cinematography are pretty decent.
Reviews were mixed, with a 61% critic rating and a 53% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Criticism focused on its overreliance on gratuitous violence.
- The movie was controversial in Slovakia, which disliked its portrayal as an underdeveloped, crime-ridden backwater.
- The original ending for the movie was Paxton kidnapping the daughter of one of the villains'. It was later changed to him just killing the villain in the bathroom.