Hostel (2005)

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Hostel (2005)
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Eli Roth
Produced By: Chris Briggs
Mike Fleiss
Eli Roth
Written By: Eli Roth
Starring: Jay Hernandez
Derek Richardson
Eyþór Guðjónsson
Barbara Nedeljáková
Rick Hoffman
Distributed By: Lionsgate
Screen Gems
Release Date: September 17, 2005 (TIFF)
January 6, 2006
Runtime: 94 minutes
Country: United States
Czech Republic
Language: English
Budget: $4.8 million
Box Office: $82 million
Franchise: Hostel
Sequel: Hostel II

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

  1. The movie uses gratuitous violence and gore just for the sake of shocking the audience; beyond that, there's very little story.
  2. 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.
  3. The characters are all flat and underdeveloped.
  4. Excessive number of homophobic slurs.
  5. Poor pacing; the movie takes over 50 minutes to get started, before suddenly rushing to an ending.
  6. The end of the movie is way too full of contrivances and coincidences.
  7. Unfitting soundtrack.
  8. The movie's portrayal of Slovakia is extremely inaccurate.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. 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.


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