Is he good? ‘Hostel’ • AIPT
I usually like a wild horror movie. While Hotel is decidedly wild, I wouldn’t say I “like” it. It’s not a poorly made film, but it does have flaws that keep it from reaching any level of greatness. There are two main things that make this film an overall entertaining watch. The cast is talented and they give some interesting performances, especially Jay Hernandez. There’s also a chilling sense of dread that hangs over the whole thing, which is effective in instilling fear in the audience. The original nature of the plot should also be commended. The ridiculous focus on sex, youthful homophobia, and occasional over-the-top torture are what ultimately hinder this.
I had forgotten how excited these main characters were. I mean god the first half hour is all about these three men trying to hook up with any woman alive. One of them is in his early thirties and still acts like a teenager, which is irritating. I’m no prude but as a filmmaker, you have to know when enough is enough. It’s like yeah, we get it, these guys are excited, can we move on?
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And it’s not just sex acts, it’s also college-level rude dialogue. The anti-gay slurs and the constant talk of female genitalia is off-putting. You generally want the audience to like the main characters and in the beginning, Hotel it looks like he’s trying to do the opposite.
Derek Richardson’s character is actually a very good person throughout. He is for sure the best character in this area and Richardson gives a solid performance. Jay Hernandez is also very good in this role, but his character takes time to understand. I hated him at first, but as things get worse, his humanity starts to come out.
Sex is not the only thing Hotel There are several scenes where the gruesome violence gets too much. There’s a way to do that and be scary without some of the things they show us in detail. Sometimes leaving the scariest things to the imagination is way scarier than just showing it all to us. I’m not saying everything needs to be completely sanitized, but I just didn’t need to see many of the stomach-turning things featured here.
But enough of the negatives, there are more positives to enjoy here than the usual slasher has to offer. The Slovak setting makes for a very fitting environment, especially the broken-down old warehouse where the horrors take place. The environment matters a lot in a movie, especially a horror movie.
The third act delivers pretty well the thrills that set in during the first and second. The forces of evil at work get what’s happening to them and given the horrific nature of what’s happening, it’s very satisfying.
Another really clever aspect of the final act is a scene where we see one of the men who paid to be tortured. The writing of this scene is interesting and makes the terror even more intense because we see one of these crazy men and hear why they are doing this. This scene brings a sense of intelligence to the table that other films in this subgenre typically lack.
On top of that, the final scene leaves you with a lingering impact, which I found satisfying. And I believe it’s best to end such a dark movie with at least a slightly happy ending, which Hotel Fortunately. After all that, you need to shine some light at the end of the tunnel.
Hotel deserves a slight recommendation from me. There’s enough creativity and good acting to keep horror fans entertained, but be warned, it’s not for everyone!
Is he good? ‘Hotel’
Hostel earns a slight recommendation for its creativity and acting quality. If only Eli Roth had reigned in excess and focused on higher quality filler material.
Derek Richardson and Jay Hernandez
Environmental quality use
Too much raw sex to the point it’s silly
Several deep spinning stomach visuals that weren’t needed
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