Movie Flashback: 7 Years Ago Audiences Were Tortured With This Flick
01.02.13 by Chris
This movie from Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino gave people a reason to stay stateside when traveling.
Past horror movies usually involved scary bogeymen (Halloween, Friday the 13th) or the possessed (The Exorcist) but starting with 2004's Saw, there was a new trend in horror movies — where horror movies scared and shocked audiences with scenes of torture. In 2005, director Roth, with Tarantino producing, gave audiences one of the more shocking contributions to the "torture porn" sub-genre with Hostel, which was released this week seven years ago.
Anyone who has traveled overseas on the cheap knows hostels aren't anything to write home about, but this movie gave anyone thinking about staying at a hostel the chills. In Hostel, three travelers head to a a small fictional town in Slovakia, only to find hell waiting for them in their hostel. The movie spawned two less-successful sequels.
Of course the movie didn't exactly show Slovakia in the best of light. The movie's release was met with outrage from the country. Slovak officials were said to be disgusted with the movie's portrayal of their country as a third-world country filled with crime, war, and prostitution (not to mention innkeepers who like to slice up Americans). The Slovakia tourist board actually invited Roth on an all-expensive paid trip to see what the country was really like. Defending his movie, Roth said despite movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, people still go to Texas. Ironically, none of the movie was actually shot in the country. The movie was actually filmed in Prague and in the Czech Republic. The final scene was filmed at Hamburg Dammtor train station in Germany.
Protests in Slovak notwithstanding, the movie was hit. The movie grossed $19.5 million on its opening weekend alone and went on to make $47 million in the U.S. and $80 million worldwide. The movie's budget was just under $5 million. Not surprisingly, critics were less than enthusiastic about the movie. The movie has a 59 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
Fun Fact: Over 150 gallons of blood were used in the making of the movie.
Where to Watch: Hostel is available on DVD and Blu-ray and on iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon.