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Hostel - Preview

Eli Roth's Hostel

Preview by Jack Foley

IT’S been almost three years since indie director, Eli Roth, burst onto the scene with his hip horror film, Cabin Fever, immediately drawing favourable comments from the likes of Quentin Tarantino for his cool style.

Roth has been quiet ever since, prompting some to suggest that he had been suffering from a severe bout of writers’ block.

Well, whatever the reason, Roth appears to be coming back with a vengeance in 2006 with one of the sickest horror films of recent years in the form of Hostel – a take no prisoners gore-fest that features contributions from Tarantino and Japanese horror master, Takashi Miike (Audition).

The self-penned story focuses on three backpackers (Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson and Eythor Gudjonsson) who head to a Slovakian city in search of sex and debauchery only to find something far, far worse.

Speaking to Total Film magazine, Roth revealed that the concept for the film stemmed from the internet and a site he found that offered people the chance to travel to Thailand and shoot someone in the head for $10,000.

“I just thought that was the most disturbing thing I’ve ever heard,” he said.

The Hostel of the title therefore offers guests the chance to indulge in every sick fantasy they could possibly think of – and the three backpackers find themselves right in the middle of this orgy of violence.

Roth hasn’t been alone in fine-tuning the final product. Tarantino serves as executive producer and the two friends spent time at QT’s house ironing out any plot deviances and injecting anything they felt could increase the eek factor.

What’s more, he managed to get an English-speaking cameo from Takashi Miike, whose Asian sick-flicks, Auditio and Ichi The Killer, provided much of the inspiration for the style of the film.

Hostel has already been shown at The Toronto Film Festival where its gut-wrenching levels of violence led to two medical emergencies and forced many to flee theatres.

It’s due for release in the US in January and should make its way to UK shores sometime thereafter.

But as Roth concludes, he makes no apology for making Hostel as sick and disturbing as possible.

“I wanted to make a movie that 25 years from now we can look back and say, ‘we’re the guys that made that one. We’re the ones who made that sick-ass fucking movie that no one else would do.”