Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hating Eli Roth is a popular past-time amongst hip horror fans. I think this might have more to do with maybe not liking him as a person because he's a geeky horror fan(self-loathing anyone?) or jealousy of his relationship with Quentin Tarantino or the fact that these HOSTEL movies(along with the SAW franchise) ushered in that whole era of "torture-porn" that all the kiddies love. And while I don't know the guy personally and I'm certainly no big fan of that particular genre of films I can't say I've ever honestly hated any of his movies that I've seen. This one I saw when it first came out theatrically and was entertained enough. Even if it goes off into the ridiculous territory towards the end of the film they at least use practical effects and don't flinch on the gory stuff. Watching it again, even though it's overshadowed by all the crap that came out after it, I still can't find anything to hate here and still find it a decent enough watch. I guess I can't sit at the cool kids table now.
One of my favorite directors Takashi Miike shows up here and there's a little homage to the Japanese horror flick SUICIDE CLUB.
HOSTEL II is basically the same movie but with females replacing the annoying guys. It is also not as deplorable as popular opinion would lead you to believe. Especially when compared to all the horrible remakes and other worthless ghost-movie/possession film garbage that was spewed out in this decade. HOSTEL III, which Roth didn't direct, is set in Vegas and is mostly crap and there's a fake trailer for a HOSTEL IV online but I don't think an actual movie exists.