Ask any horror filmmaker about the influences for their celluloid nightmares and chances are they’ll come back with something about their childhood fears and attempting to realize the things that scare them most. For Hostel and Cabin Fever director Eli Roth it has ultimately become a deeply disturbing mixture of the two. Roth’s proliferation in the horror genre coupled with his giddy willingness to play the role of cinema outlaw came at just the time the PG-13 blues were leading many genre aficionados to wonder if there really were anymore filmmakers out there who were still willing to break the rules.
As a young horror fanatic, the future New York Film School graduate obsessed over keeping pace with the career trajectory of Evil Dead director Sam Raimi. With a target of 21 as the age by which he should direct his first feature, the ambitious 20-year-old sat down to write a script based on a series of frightening medical incidents that happened to him in his youth. Paralyzed… read more
once, a few years ago, i fell asleep watching this and woke up to the menu screen
The only thing I liked about this movie was Paxton's quick thinking and resilience. Otherwise, I pretty much regret buying the DVD before watching it elsewhere. The moment that caught me the most is when Paxton is first captured and the crazed surgeon is snipping the huge shears in front of his face. I applaud Roth's efforts, but it was just boring gore with the only fear being that it could actually happen.
HOSTEL gets a bad rap from horror fans, mainly because its a graphic gore movie, and it’s not really scary, making it seem like an exploitative mainstream horror movie, something horror fans don’t… read review