Well it didn’t take long for the glowing comments to emerge from Eli Cabin Fever Roth’s latest film Hostel when it screened in Toronto over the weekend, with FrightFest organisor Paul McEvoy posting his comments of the film on the FrightFest forum ("Wow - violent, sexy and gruesome - my favourite of the fest") as soon as the screening finished.
Presented in a rough cut digital form with a temporary score on the Saturday afternoon (followed by a Q&A with the director and two of his stars Barbara Nedeljakova and Eythor Gudjonsson), Aintitcoolnews followed up with a similar praising report;
“(Hostel) kicks ass! The intensity and tension is like nothing that has been seen in any recent horror movie.”
Now if all that wasn’t enough to get you all excited, Horror-movies.ca have also posted a review, and yes this one is extremely positive too;
“ Hostel is sick, twisted, disgusting and absolutely brilliant! This is a horror fan’s horror movie. Whatever your tastes are in the genre, this movie delivers. If you are a fan of horror you must go see this movie. Send the message to the studios that sick, twisted horror is not just for direct to DVD releases. Horror like this belongs on the big screen.”
Whilst we liked Roth’s debut feature Cabin Fever, we here at eatmybrains felt it was slightly lacking in certain areas, but it seems from the above reviews that Roth’s rabid fanbase and his new-found friends Richard Kelly and Quentin Tarantino have helped Roth deliver on his initial promise to bring back heavy-weight horror to the big screen.
Sounds great news to us, bring it on. The campaign for this film starts here…
Hostel tells the story of two Americans travelling through Europe along with an Icelandic backpacker they picked up in their journeys. Opening in Amsterdam, the three take time to indulge in lots of drugs, and take time to visit the red light district.
Hungry for women and a good time, they meet a Russian backpacker who recommends a hostel in Slovakia. Taken in by the promise of stunning women who love Americans, they trek off to a small town outside of Bratislava. They find the beautiful women as promised but when one of them disappears they uncover a shocking underground of torture and sadism preying on foreigners there.
At present no release date has been announced for either the US or UK, although possible dates being mooted are October/November or April next year.