Seems Lions Gate are extremely happy with all the glowing reviews the initial screenings of Eli Roth's Hostel have been garnering, as they've just announced that they are pulling the US theatrical release of the film forward to December 21st 2005, just in time for the huge holiday crowds. (UPDATE: now January 13th - 17th Nov 05)
Initially set for a January 6th release in the US, this is great news for fans of extreme horror and Eli Roth himself is delighted at the news, as he told bloody-disgusting;
"As you know, Christmas time is Oscar season, and we really feel that Hostel is a very strong candidate for a new category I heard they're adding called 'most sex and violence combined into one movie'. I think we really have a shot at winning that one.
I love the date, because every Christmas I spend all day at the movies, and it's almost always family stuff or pretentious Oscar films. Those films for years have made me vomit, and now it's my opportunity to return the favor."
We think he was being slightly sarcastic there with his Oscar talk...
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.