Mon 15 May 2006 // 21:15
Tue 16 May 2006 // 21:15
(Eli Roth / USA / 2005 / 35mm / 95mins / Cert 18)
Executive produced by Quentin Tarantino, Roth's follow up to his 2003 classic Cabin Fever ups the ante both in terms of blood and generic re-invention. Three
backpackers travelling around Europe on a hedonistic tour of bars and brothels find themselves invited into a man's house who tells them of a hostel somewhere in eastern Europe where the women are all incredibly hot and have a taste for American men. When they get there, everything is too good to be true - the hostel is "to die for". The film is many things - a satire on American ideas of Europe, an examination of post Eastern-bloc economics, a moral tale with a bitter twist - but at the bottom line, it is a superbly controlled exercise in visceral horror designed to make even the toughest stomach blanche. The kind of film Hitchcock would be making today were he still alive.