Thursday, 18 December 2014

Hostel (2005) - Average gory horror

I'm not really a huge fan of this film although it did contain some decent horror concepts. The film is very gory at numerous points, however the torture scenes and brief and to the point. They don't go over the top, or seem unrealistic. It contains an uncomfortable element of not knowing what comes next, which definitely made me feel uneasy whilst I watched this film.
The only thing I wasn't happy about with it was that it wasn't scary at all. There are plenty of scenes which startle you with gore, but not enough of fear. The film receives average ratings on the internet as you see:

  • IMDB - 5.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - 61%
  • Meta Critic - 55%
I would probably kind of agree with these ratings, although it could be argued that Meta Critic are a little harsh. I would agree with a ratings nearer to Rotten Tomatoes.

It is directed by Eli Roth, and lasts an approximate 94 minutes. While backpacking through Europe, college students Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) seek the ultimate vacation through sex, drugs and unforgettable experiences. When a friendly stranger informs the two of a hostel in Bratislava that offers the most beautiful and promiscuous women in all of Europe, Paxton and Derek trek with their new Icelandic friend Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson) to find the hostel that sounds too good to be true. When arriving to Bratislava, the trio found that the hostel was everything and more of what they expected. The events that follow are sure to deliver the unforgettable vacation that the two were looking for.

I won't deny that this film isn't anything special, although it did have some quite good features. First of all, there was a good level of gore in the film which I was certainly disturbed by. It follows the basic idea of one person being killed, leading to the rest of the the group falling. The acting was actually quite decent in the film as well to be perfectly honest. I mean I could definitely see panic and fear through the central characters. I also thought the main character was fantastic. He successfully portrayed that everyone in the hostel was just waiting for death.

Although this film does contain plenty of gore and disturbing scenes, the story is really bad. There is no attempt to create a solid, well structured story in this film. Seriously, what happens is that a few foreign girls flirt with the guys and lead them onto the torture area. All the film does is really show how people can be dangerous around the world. If the film didn't contain any bloody violence, I would rate it a lot less.

Overall, the film is fairly successful in that it is packed with blood and guts, however it really lacks in some cases. The story, which is really the core to any film, was completely useless and was very bad. If the story was somehow better, I would genuinely rate it a lot higher. Hostel is lucky that there's gore because without it, I'd be heavily criticizing it.

Overall Rating - 5.5/10

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