Eli Roth’s baby turns twelve this week

You find yourself amongst beautiful women; temptation and free reign to do whatever you please in a foreign country. The alcohol is brewing, you are young and this is an opportunity of a lifetime. For three college students, it becomes a torturous, living nightmare.

From the mastermind of Eli Roth comes a tale so dramatic that most dubbed it as “torture porn.” HOSTEL was derived after Roth was inspired by an international torture website. The site allegedly allowed individuals to murder humans for a fee. It is not rare to find individuals from poverty infused countries engaging in this act – as the victim.

It was after the success of 2002’s CABIN FEVER that Roth found himself in the hot seat. Searching for the next big idea,  he ran the idea of HOSTEL past Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino jumped on board as Executive Producer and in 2005, HOSTEL hit theaters and we haven’t been the same since.

The slaughterhouse scenes were filmed in a run down mental hospital in Prague. Vibes were so bad at times, comforting music had to be played in between sets. Today, the film has generated a strong cult following, twelve years in the making.


Internationally renowned filmmaker Quentin Tarantino presents Eli Roth’s HOSTEL, the follow-up to the writer-director’s hit debut, 2002’s CABIN FEVER. More grisly than Roth’s feature bow, HOSTEL is a mixture of many of the most terrifying things about human nature and the world at large, culled from many impossible-but-true stories of human trafficking, international organized crime, and sex tourism. Relentlessly graphic and deeply disturbing, the film is sure to shock even the most hard core genre fans.

HOSTEL tells the story of two adventurous American college buddies Paxton and Josh who backpack through Europe eager to make quintessentially hazy travel memories with new friend Oli, an Icelander they’ve met along the way.

Paxton and Josh are eventually lured by a fellow traveler to what’s described as a nirvana for American backpackers – a particular hostel in an out-of-the-way Slovakian town stocked with Eastern European women as desperate as they are gorgeous. The two friends arrive and soon easily pair off with exotic beauties Natalya and Svetlana. In fact, too easily…

Initially distracted by the good time they’re having, the two Americans quickly find themselves trapped in an increasingly sinister situation that they will discover is as wide and as deep as the darkest, sickest recess of human nature itself – if they survive.

Another item I have come to learn from the film is to always carry bubble gum when in Prague. FUN FACT: The infamous Bubble Gum Gang were actual street kids. 

If you want to dive into the Director’s notes released by Lionsgate Films, click here.

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