Hostel is a 2005 horror/Torture Porn movie by Eli Roth and produced by Quentin Tarantino.The film (and its sequel) revolve around a secret society of torture clubs, which use Eastern European hostels (basically cheap dorm-style hotels for tourists) and local womento capture victims for the wealthy to kill and torture at their leisure.The first film featured male victims while the second film features female victims of the organization. A third film, which relocates the series to Las Vegas, was released Direct-to-Video in 2011. All three films should not to be watched while eating a bowl of spaghetti.Not surprisingly, the film has been heavily censored in various countries and lambasted by The Czech Republic for their portrayal in the film. (It gets worse: The movie is said to be in Slovakia, was filmed in the Czech Republic, sports people with Russian names (uncommon thereabouts), speaking Russian, and dressed in uniforms that are probably from Ukraine. Also, it portrays the countries as they were in late 1980's. No wonder both countries were offended.)It should be noted that real-life hostels are emphatically not torture-chambers of any description; while they once had a reputation for being rather disreputable (in that they were largely unpoliced and prone to incidents of theft) recent efforts and gentrification have succeeded in revitalizing the modern hostel as a safe, secure and family-oriented location.
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Action Girl: Beth in Part II is more badass than any previous protagonists by a fair margin — she gives Stuart, her torturer, a brutal Groin Attack with garden shears, joins the hunting club, and beheads the woman who tricked her and her friends into going to the hostel in the end. Oh, and she becomes one of the club members...i.e. the villains of the movie.
The Bad Guy Wins - Played straight in both films. A few villains were killed but the organization in general continues and those running it continue to be millionaires from it. Did we mention the "heroine" of the second movie joins the organization at the end of the movie?
Berserk Button - Beth, when someone calls her a cunt. Stuart when his wife is mentioned
Bilingual Bonus - Many of the scenes include dialogue spoken in untranslated foreign languages—most notably, a speech delivered by the main character towards his torturer in German.
Blood Bath - In the sequel, one of the clients of the Elite Hunting group is a woman who slices up a suspended female captive with scythes and sickles, and bathes in the blood that spills out of her wounds. The client just so happened to be named Mrs. Bathory as a Shout-Out to the Trope Maker.
Death by Sex - Averted, the only survivor of the first movie is Paxton, possibly the horniest of the main characters, while Josh, who was quite reluctant about their...activities is killed slowly and painfully. To be fair, it's not an aversion when it's part of Eli Roth's overall themes as a writer; IE in his horror films, the virgin always dies horribly while the slut/manwhore is usually the last man standing. Although, in the second film, the only survivor is the sensible one who avoided hooking up with any guys. Then again, it may also be an inversion of Bury Your Gays due to Beth's Les Yay subtext with Axelle.
The second film somewhat subverts this as while the survivor is the one who avoids hooking up with any guys, she is not a virgin and it is the clearly virginal Lorna dies first.
Heel-Face Turn: After acting all Bad Ass throughout Part II, Todd quickly realises the reality of his actions after unintentionally wounding Whitney whilst playing with a saw, leaves the room disgusted.
Also, Paxton's would-be killer in the first movie is killed by his own chainsaw/gun.
In Part III, the host of the Veges death show, 'Wheel of Misfortune' release the protagonist from the torture chair, just before Carter was about to kill him as a Take That towards Carter. This causes a ripple effect resulting in him blowing the operation and him getting killed by the hands of Carter later.
Honey Trap: Natalya, Svetlana and Valla. Axelle to an extent in that she flirts with Beth
Karma Houdini: Almost everyone involved in Elite Hunting. Notable examples being Sasha, Valla (the desk girl), Mrs Bathory and the Cannibal.
Brutally and satisfyingly subverted in Part III. Just when it seems like Carter will escape with his life, he's captured by the not-quite-dead Scott, with a little help from Amy, and savagely slaughtered with an electric tiller.
Karmic Death: The Dutch Businessman, first getting his fingers cut off then having his throat slit just as he had done to poor Josh.
Kick the Dog: Natalya laughing at Paxtons reaction to Josh's body.
Revenge by Proxy - Paxton tracks down and kills the Dutch businessman in a train station toilet to avenge the deaths of Josh and Oli.
Saying Too Much - Stuart accidentally lets slip the fact that he knows Beth's name, despite the fact that she'd never given it. He Hand Waves her suspicions by claiming that he had overheard her friends talking.
Severed Head Sports: The second film ends with a group of juvenile delinquents playing soccer with the head of the woman that betrayed the protagonist and her friends to an organization of serial killers.
Shout-Out - When the men in part I arrive at the hostel, Pulp Fiction is playing on the television in the lobby. The Hostel movies were produced by Quentin Tarantino, who directed Pulp Fiction.
The use of Willow's Song from The Wicker Man is also an ominous bit of foreshadowing.
Unwilling Suspension: In the second movie, Lorna (played by Heather Matarazzo), is suspended upside down over what looks suspiciously like a bathtub. What follows is a recreation of the Elizabeth Bathory legend.