Hostel

Rated R 95 minutes 2006

Cabin Fever director Eli Roth may not be the most artistic filmmaker out there, but he knows what he likes. The first half-hour of his latest features a bevy of bare-boobied babes; then after a bit of plot (American tourists go to Eastern Europe for sex and encounter trouble), he gets on to the semi-serious business of making all his characters vomit and get dismembered. As in Cabin Fever, there are also some surreal scenes of frighteningly weird children. The score is never less than bombastic, and the profanity is constant. The tone isn't always consistent, veering from the silly to the psychotic, but that may be the idea -- when gonzo Japanese director Takashi Miike appears as himself, you know where Roth's inspiration came from. Jay Hernandez is occasionally weak as a lead, but by the film's climax, he and the movie have settled into a tense groove. If you're the sort who can laugh at extreme tits 'n' gore, this is awesome. If not, steer clear.

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Official Site: www.hostelfilm.com

Director: Eli Roth

Writer: Eli Roth

Producer: Chris Briggs, Mike Fleiss and Eli Roth

Cast: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova, Jana Kaderabkova, Jan Vlasak, Jennifer Lim, Lubomir Silhavecky, Paula Wild and Lubomir Bukovy

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