Hostel was a balls-out, horrifying movie about the dangers of pissing off foreigners and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Eli Roth has proven that he has the skill to make truly freaky horror films.
Hostel isn't nearly as gruesomely graphic as it is made out to be. True, it does have some disturbing scenes and freakish imagery, but it's mostly one guy trying to find his friend. That being said, the torture scenes are some of the most graphic and realistic in horror film history. Whether or not it's a good film is kind of irrelevant. What matters here is the lengths Eli Roth is willing to go to achieve his horror dream.
Eli Roth cements himself as a name in horror with his second feature film, Hostel. While the film isn't as overtly terrifying as most horror films, Roth does make the idea of traveling to a foreign country a bit more scary than it has any right to be.
The characters aren't exactly the most likable people on the face of the planet, but the actors at least try to give us believable characters. The (in)famous torture scenes that the film is so widely known for are quite gruesome and will have you cringing a few times. Even though a lot of people think this film is amazingly gory, it actually holds back quite a bit during the torture scenes. Still, not for the weak of stomach.
Hostel is an intense horror film that will make you think twice about leaving the country. Eli Roth further proves himself as a name in the horror genre that is here to stay. Horror fans should check it out, if you got the stomach for it.