• Publication date: June 1, 2011

What Seems Too Good to Be True � Usually Is Hostel: A Vacation to Die For

Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) are two prototypical and obnoxious American college students visiting Europe for a holiday full of debauchery. With that in mind, it was mandatory that they visit Amsterdam, where alcohol, drugs, and prostitutes flow free as water. After getting tossed from a nightclub they hook up with Icelander �li (Ey��r Gu�j�nsson), who accompanies them for the unfortunately brief remainder of their journey.

Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) are two prototypical and obnoxious American college students visiting Europe for a holiday full of debauchery. With that in mind, it was mandatory that they visit Amsterdam, where alcohol, drugs, and prostitutes flow free as water. After getting tossed from a nightclub they hook up with Icelander �li (Ey��r Gu�j�nsson), who accompanies them for the unfortunately brief remainder of their journey.

While in Amsterdam perusing its fine selection of bordellos, Josh and Paxton learn about Bratislava, a small Slovakian town where beautiful women universally lust after underachieving Yanks like themselves. Common sense, which both boys obviously lack, draws them toward this unbelievable fantasyland � an amusement park for potential johns if you will.

From the beginning bad omens appear � the kind that characters in slasher flicks foolishly ignore but horror aficionados long for. On the train ride to Bratislava, for example, an unusual fellow (Jan Vlas�k herein known only as The Dutch Businessman) makes creepy sexual advances toward Josh. Later, the same man saves him from a pack of wild children demanding money and, eh � bubblegum. Naturally, the two have a drink together afterwards . . .

Stranger than all of this, however, is that Bratislava�s sex crazed women are real, and not merely folklore; in fact Josh and Paxton effortlessly hook up with two alluring girls almost immediately after their arrival. What seems too good to be true inevitably is though, and good times turn bad after �li and his newly found Japanese friend, Yuki (Keiko Seiko) disappear unexpectedly. Soon afterward a photo surfaces of �li�s severed head and, true to the genre�s form, Josh and Paxton decide to stick around just a little longer for an independent investigation. Fans of gore will not be disappointed at what ensues therein.

With a frugal budget of only $4 million, Hostel managed to earn an astounding $80 million internationally. It also received an MTV Movie Award nomination and two Teen Choice Award nominations. The soundtrack is impressively scored and also features tunes by The Sneaker Pimps and C-BO.

Year: 2005

Duration: 94 minutes

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Starring:

Jay Hernandez

Derek Richardson

Eythor Gudjonsson

Barbara Nedeljakova

Jan Vlasak

Jana Kaderabkova

Jennifer Lim

Director: Eli Roth

Rating: Rated R for brutal scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, explicit language, and drug use.