History YMMV / Hostel

18th Apr '18 12:07:19 PM fearlessnikki
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* CatharsisFactor: [[spoiler: Paxton comes across Natalya and Svetlana on the street and hits them with the car. Upon seeing that Natalya is still moving, he goes back and literally drives the car over her.]] A very satisfying death for an utterly rotten character.



* TheWoobie: Poor Josh... [[spoiler: Sexually inexperienced and possibly gay man who's yet to explore his sexuality due to a fear of losing his closest friend. Not only that, but Josh is also the nicest person in the series and suffers one of the most horrific and painful deaths.]]

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* TheWoobie: ValuesDissonance: Josh is hinted to be confused about his sexuality and hides it from Paxton in fear of alienating him. Such a thing is more reminiscent of the early 2000s before acceptance of LGBT people became more prominent. Even being MistakenForGay could make someone an outcast at the time.
* TheWoobie:
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Poor Josh... [[spoiler: Sexually inexperienced and possibly gay man who's yet to explore his sexuality due to a fear of losing his closest friend. Not only that, but Josh is also the nicest person in the series and suffers one of the most horrific and painful deaths.]]]]
** Kana as well, considering [[spoiler: she ends up mutilated so badly that Paxton has to cut her eye off. When she sees a reflection of herself, she opts to jump in front of a train]].
22nd Mar '18 9:35:26 PM DaFlabbagasta
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* NightmareFuel:
** Just the idea that you could go backpacking anywhere and find yourself pulled into a torturous hell will make you rethink going backpacking, let ''alone travel anywhere''.
** The director's cut ending: [[spoiler: Paxton kidnaps the Dutch businessman's daughter to get revenge on him]]. That ''alone'' puts AdultFear all over, even if [[spoiler: the Dutch businessman did some horrendous shit.]].
** The complete 180 of [[spoiler: the Dutch Businessman]] and [[spoiler: Stuart]] in ''Hostel I'' and ''II'' respectively from friendly and decent people to total psychopaths, which emphasizes just how murderous ordinary people can be given the opportunity.
** '''The American Client'''. He appears for only a [[OneSceneWonder brief moment]], but between his casual chat with Paxton about how much of a thrill it is to torture innocent people, and how [[AxCrazy completely unhinged]] he shows he is all the while, it's definitely a moment nobody would want to experience.
23rd Feb '18 6:16:55 PM Clamanath
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** The American Businessman that Paxton encounters. A metaphor for what would have become of Paxton and his friends if they had continued to be nothing but [[JerkAss Jerkasses]] that want nothing but party and have sex, which would get to the point of them getting bored of it and then resorting to entering the Elite Hunting club and killing innocent people to get any sort of thrill, or just a pathetic attempt by Eli Roth of making the audience feel any sympathy toward the main characters by making [[BlackAndGrayMorality an even worse person than them]]?

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** The scene between Paxton and the American Businessman that Paxton encounters.Businessman. A metaphor for what would have become of Paxton and his friends if they had continued to be nothing but [[JerkAss Jerkasses]] that want nothing but party and have sex, which would get to the point of them getting bored of it and then resorting to entering the Elite Hunting club and killing innocent people to get any sort of thrill, or just a pathetic attempt by Eli Roth of making the audience feel any sympathy toward the main characters by making [[BlackAndGrayMorality an even worse person than them]]?
18th Feb '18 6:33:11 PM Monolaf317
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* JerkassWoobie: Several, though Paxton is likely the most prominent example. While he starts as something of an obnoxious JerkAss, it is very hard not to feel sorry for Paxton when he's at the mercy of a psychotic German man who can't be reasoned with. Not to mention the loss of his friends, the trauma of nearly being killed, and even his backstory about watching a little girl drown as a kid and feeling guilty for it.

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* JerkassWoobie: JerkassWoobie:
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Several, though Paxton is likely the most prominent example. While he starts as something of an obnoxious JerkAss, it is very hard not to feel sorry for Paxton when he's at the mercy of a psychotic German man who can't be reasoned with. Not to mention the loss of his friends, the trauma of nearly being killed, and even his backstory about watching a little girl drown as a kid and feeling guilty for it.



* MoralEventHorizon: Natalya [[EvilLaugh laughing]] [[KickTheDog at Paxton's horrified reaction]] to see [[spoiler:his friend Josh having been killed]] ''immediately'' begs someone to give her hell.

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* MoralEventHorizon: MoralEventHorizon:
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Natalya [[EvilLaugh laughing]] [[KickTheDog at Paxton's horrified reaction]] to see [[spoiler:his friend Josh having been killed]] ''immediately'' begs someone to give her hell.



* WTHCastingAgency: The BigBad Sasha is played by... Milan Kňažko, ''former Slovak Minister of '''Culture'''''.

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* WTHCastingAgency: The BigBad Sasha is played by... Milan Kňažko, ''former Slovak Minister of '''Culture'''''.'''Culture'''''.
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18th Feb '18 6:31:59 PM Monolaf317
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* JerkAssWoobie: Several, though Paxton is likely the most prominent example. While he starts as something of an obnoxious JerkAss, it is very hard not to feel sorry for Paxton when he's at the mercy of a psychotic German man who can't be reasoned with. Not to mention the loss of his friends, the trauma of nearly being killed, and even his backstory about watching a little girl drown as a kid and feeling guilty for it.

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* JerkAssWoobie: JerkassWoobie: Several, though Paxton is likely the most prominent example. While he starts as something of an obnoxious JerkAss, it is very hard not to feel sorry for Paxton when he's at the mercy of a psychotic German man who can't be reasoned with. Not to mention the loss of his friends, the trauma of nearly being killed, and even his backstory about watching a little girl drown as a kid and feeling guilty for it.
18th Feb '18 6:31:49 PM Monolaf317
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: The children playing soccer with a severed head. It's made easier to watch because the person deserved it.

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: The children playing soccer with a severed head. It's made easier to watch because [[AssholeVictim the person deserved it.]]
12th Dec '17 10:04:13 AM Anddrix
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* LoveItOrHateIt: There are those who really love ''Hostel'' (and arguably ''Hostel Part II''), citing the original concept, well developed leads (particularly [[TheWoobie Josh]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Paxton]]), but there are those who hate the film series in general due to it's usage of TorturePorn and JerkAss characters, pointed out several times by WebVideo/{{Phelous}}. Others simply call it a decent if unspectacular film.
21st Sep '17 5:29:23 PM Repo
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* AlasPoorScrappy: Sure, he may have been a JerkAss, but it is very hard not to feel sorry for Paxton when he's at the mercy of a psychotic German man who can't be reasoned with.



* JerkAssWoobie: Paxton and Whitney

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* JerkAssWoobie: Several, though Paxton is likely the most prominent example. While he starts as something of an obnoxious JerkAss, it is very hard not to feel sorry for Paxton when he's at the mercy of a psychotic German man who can't be reasoned with. Not to mention the loss of his friends, the trauma of nearly being killed, and Whitneyeven his backstory about watching a little girl drown as a kid and feeling guilty for it.
** From Part 2, Whitney. Like Paxton, she can be somewhat obnoxious and immature, but she certainly did not deserve to be horribly tortured and kidnapped either.



* LoveItOrHateIt: There are those who really love ''Hostel'' (and arguably ''Hostel Part II''), but there are those who hate the film series in general due to it's usage of TorturePorn and JerkAss characters, pointed out several times by WebVideo/{{Phelous}}. Others simply call it a decent film.

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* LoveItOrHateIt: There are those who really love ''Hostel'' (and arguably ''Hostel Part II''), citing the original concept, well developed leads (particularly [[TheWoobie Josh]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Paxton]]), but there are those who hate the film series in general due to it's usage of TorturePorn and JerkAss characters, pointed out several times by WebVideo/{{Phelous}}. Others simply call it a decent if unspectacular film.
5th Sep '17 2:08:49 AM Antwan
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* CastingGag: In part II the cannibal is played by Ruggero Deodato the director of ''Film/CannibalHolocaust''.
5th Sep '17 1:20:42 AM Antwan
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: The children playing soccer with a severed head.
** Made much easier to watch because the person deserved it.

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: The children playing soccer with a severed head.
** Made much
head. It's made easier to watch because the person deserved it.



* LoveItOrHateIt: There are those who really love ''Hostel'' (and arguably ''Hostel Part II''), but there are those who hate the film series in general due to it's usage of TorturePorn and JerkAss characters, pointed out several times by {{WebVieo/Phelous}}. Others simply call it a decent film.
* {{Narm}}: Josh's screaming sounds ''way'' too much like [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Mr. Bill]].

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* LoveItOrHateIt: There are those who really love ''Hostel'' (and arguably ''Hostel Part II''), but there are those who hate the film series in general due to it's usage of TorturePorn and JerkAss characters, pointed out several times by {{WebVieo/Phelous}}.WebVideo/{{Phelous}}. Others simply call it a decent film.
* {{Narm}}: {{Narm}}:
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Josh's screaming sounds ''way'' too much like [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Mr. Bill]].



* MoralEventHorizon: Natalya [[EvilLaugh laughing]] [[KickTheDog at Paxton's horrified reaction]] to see [[spoiler: his friend Josh having been killed]] ''immediately'' begs someone to give her hell.
** In the sequel, [[spoiler: Stuart loses all sympathy when he murders Whitney in cold blood.]]
* NightmareFuel: Just the idea that you could go backpacking anywhere and find yourself pulled into a torturous hell will make you rethink going backpacking, let ''alone travel anywhere''.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Natalya [[EvilLaugh laughing]] [[KickTheDog at Paxton's horrified reaction]] to see [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his friend Josh having been killed]] ''immediately'' begs someone to give her hell.
** In the sequel, [[spoiler: Stuart [[spoiler:Stuart loses all sympathy when he murders Whitney in cold blood.]]
* NightmareFuel: NightmareFuel:
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Just the idea that you could go backpacking anywhere and find yourself pulled into a torturous hell will make you rethink going backpacking, let ''alone travel anywhere''.



* ParanoiaFuel: As mentioned under NightmareFuel above, many critics have commented that this movie did to backpacking in Europe what ''{{Film/Psycho}}'' did to showering in motels.

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* ParanoiaFuel: As mentioned under NightmareFuel above, many critics have commented that this movie did to backpacking in Europe what ''{{Film/Psycho}}'' ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' did to showering in motels.
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