What’s up everyone. This is just a post to tell all of you that I will be making a type of Vlog video where I will be talking about myself (blog related) and just things about the blog in general. I hope to make this video sometime in the next 2 days, but I just wanted to post this to see if anyone had any questions they wanted me to answer in my Vlog (it can be blog or movie related). Thanks for reading and enjoy the Oscars tonight everyone!
Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson and Eythor Gudjonsson
“Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.”
Hostel is a trilogy I’ve been eager to review for a while and now, I’m ready to get on board to write my opinions. I saw this movie originally a few years ago and I was obsessed with it and what it had to offer and now, I can think about this movie in a whole new light. I’ve always found this movie’s base incredibly absurd and genuinely interesting: The Elite Hunting group is something that I’ve always wondered about, could it really exist in these kinds of places or not?
Within the entire introduction to the movie, we’re treated to dingy and unsanitary shots of a torture chamber that is accompanied by uneasy music and a faint whistling. This whole collection of scenery and audio is instantly unnerving and gets you on edge, ready for what may happen during the course of what you’re about to watch. I think that this selection of imagery prepares you as an insider as to what is really going on within the movie, this makes you feel a little more included as part of the journey.
As we delve into the story, we’re introduced to three typical ‘lads’ Oli (Gudjonsson), Josh (Richardson) and Paxton (Hernandez) that are vacationing across the world in search of drugs, girls and a good time. I find that Paxton’s character is highly dislikable during the first part of the movie, his harshly misogynistic tendencies start to interfere with the enjoyability of the movie, though it does in fact add to his character progression. Whereas Oli is likeable as a highly charismatic party-boy and Josh shows more of an introverted, personal approach to life, which is why I relate to and sympathise with him more. The dialogue works well for this movie, though some lines were delivered worse than others. I was a huge fan of Jan Vlasák’s performance as the Dutch Businessman and found his character to be horribly uncomfortable yet truly tragic at the same time. During the course of the movie, we’re aware that these three young guys will do anything for a quick fling with a slutty woman and this ends up with horrible consequences for them. Some characters we’re introduced to such as Kana (Jennifer Lim) and her young friend Yuki (Keiko Seiko) have such a sad amount of screen time, yet are lovely additions to the cast. The same can be said for Svetlana (Jana Kaderabkova) and Natalya (Barbara Nedeljakova) who have more screen time but definitely add to the overall quality of the cast as a whole. The two are charismatic yet intensely uneasy to watch, tying the whole thing together perfectly. During the second half of the movie, the character seem to improve dramatically and that’s where things really start to get interesting and you really start to get to know each character who then has depth to themselves. I started to like Paxton half way through and began feeling sympathetic toward him and his struggle despite the fact that he decided to be a hero and investigate the situation. One character that did ruin things a little for me was the German surgeon (Petr Janis) who added more of an uncomfortable comedic value to one of the more important scenes in the movie and I did feel it was a little overdone. Cameos and additional cast were amazing, I enjoyed Eli Roth’s cameo in the Amsterdam coffee shop and also Rick Hoffman’s entrance as the terrifyingly exhilarating American client.
With all that being said, the story does start off a little bit rushed, and things to actually kick off relatively early on in the movie, unlike others but I actually think of that as a good thing. I often find that movies tend to always wait until the last ten minutes or so to really show the good stuff but Hostel is different and doesn’t even lack character detail, which is a good thing for me. Soon enough we realise along with the characters that things are little more than they’d bargained for when they end up in a small Slovakian village with the promise of no holds barred action with some incredible girls. When our main trio of travelling guys enter the infamous Hostel, they find out that they are sharing a room with two gorgeous female roommates and that’s a huge win for them, especially seeing two of them are ready for a fling. Without much introduction, the group goes for an innocent night of clubbing and then they proceed to have sex with the girls they’ve found and usually, sex scenes in horror movies can be well done but these, just like the rest of the movie feel wrong and a little bizarre. But that may be due to the fact that they’re all doing it in the same room. Soon, when the trio’s ‘king of the swing’ Oli goes missing and coincidentally Kana’s friend Yuki goes with him, things start to get fishy and that’s when the naivety comes into play. Josh and Paxton eagerly try to find him to no avail and soon, after feeling woozy at a bar, Josh goes missing too and it’s up to Paxton to ‘solve the mystery.’ This is really where things start to get interesting, as Paxton begins investigating into his friends’ disappearances as now, Kana is no longer around after saying she’d leave for the train with him that day. Upon insisting he finds his friends, Paxton is taken to find out the truth about Elite Hunting and the following of sadistic rich folk behind it.
Within Hostel, the gore is really well done and it definitely makes you clench your toes at the best of times as you see scenes of cut tendons, drilling into knees and lots and lots of vomit. The cinematography and the overall direction of the movie has this off coloured unsanitary colour scheme to it which adds to the uncomfortability factor of the entire movie, and I think that works in Hostel’s favour. You really get to see a darker side of humanity with unhelpful police officers and corrupt children that’ll do anything for a stick of gum. The whole movie is clever and intense and I really enjoy talking about it. The soundtrack on top of everything else really makes for a stand out film as a whole, each track fits the scene it’s used in to make everything come to life that little bit more.
Personally, I do really adore this movie, and I think it’s got one of the best endings to a horror of all time. It’s an excellent look into revenge and hostility toward wrongdoers. I’ve also seen the directors cut ending that really changes the character of Paxton, as we see him as a kidnapper and actually then feel sorry for the Dutch Businessman instead. The alternate ending doesn’t entirely work as a solid, reliable ending to the movie so I’m glad they didn’t include it as the final cut. All in all, I really would recommend Hostel to any horror fan.
I’m also currently changing my rating system to skulls out of 10 instead of 5. This gives me a much wider range to work with. So I give Hostel a sold eight skulls out of 10 (☠☠☠☠☠☠☠☠).
That’s right everyone you read it right, I’m giving away a Curse of Chucky Ultra Violet ticket code, which allows you to obtain the movie for free. Trust me when I say that this was a great movie and is worth the watch, so try to win it! It came with my box set, so I decided to raffle it away, but you have to follow a set of rules. Don’t worry I’m not asking you to pay or anything like that you will get this movie for free.
The rules are:
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4. If you don’t win please don’t get mad and unfollow, I will do more giveaways when I start getting more box sets. To make it fair, whoever wins this ticket won’t win the next one, so please don’t get mad if you don’t win!
5. Thank you everyone! I will put a post up a little later or tomorrow when I pick the winner. Comment when you’re done following the rules. Good Luck!
Hey everyone Good News,
I am taking a class once again that requires me to do some blogging and guess what topic I picked to write about. Yes that’s right I picked horror, so maybe I will be able to start posting a few reviews, since I am required to do so for this class as a part of my grade. So I will have a little more time to write some reviews!
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Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley and Angeliki Papoulia
“Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet.”
Dogtooth is a raw, bizarre look into the lives of an estranged, alienated family who survive on a whole new level. This movie is included on a list of disturbing movies and you know what, I can see why. Involving a family living in an isolated country home in rural Greece, three children are brought up in a primal, submissive environment where words from outside the walls of the home are given new meanings so as not to jeopardise their minds and the way they live. ‘Phone’ means salt, ‘zombies’ are flowers and ‘the sea’ is a leather armchair. Things seem like this family could easily be living on another planet aside from earth, purely because of their lack of knowledge of the world and how life really is. The movie is filmed in a drab, bland manner that really makes the story seem solemn and intense throughout.
Throughout the film, sex and relationships are not acknowledged in the slightest so the two young girls are left to their own devices to realise what sex is through unfortunate bribery by a woman who is paid to relieve the son’s sexual needs. Anything sexual is dismissed by the parents who assign sexual terms new meanings. The games played in the movie get increasingly stranger as it progresses, and they involve using anaesthetic to see who wakes up from it first. The winner of some of these strange games are given stickers which add up to being able to choose the family entertainment for an evening. It shows a severely ostracised way of getting by in a rural society. The acting that was put into this movie needs credit, purely because the actors involved did such a good job at keeping the movie within that creepy, naive boundary that really did the entire piece justice. I do think that the film involves a subtext of growing up and how it can feel alienating and lonely if you don’t have the help and love you need, but that is my personal interpretation.
The film does not contain gratuitous violence, but just enough to get the general point across, such as when the eldest daughter knocks out her canine teeth in order to fulfil the prophecy of being able to leave the confines of the home. There are a few little bits that can be much, but it’s mainly due to sexual nature. There’s moderately graphic sexuality, but it is quite necessary for the development throughout the movie and it’s not a great movie for the easily offended or those who are quick to get weirded out. I would say that this movie is disturbing, purely because of the pure bizarre storyline and cinematography. I really would recommend this film to those who love foreign cinema and for those who are interested to see a slice of the weird and wonderful. It’s not necessarily gratuitous, it’s enough to make a point without shocking or unnecessarily disturbing their viewers to the extremity.
I consider this movie to now be one of my favourite pieces of foreign cinema, so I give Dogtooth a high 4 skulls out of 5.
Hey what’s up everyone, unfortunately it’s that time of the year again. This means that I will not be able to post as much as I have been and I just want to apologize in advance. I will try to post around twice a week, but can’t make any promises, as I have a lot going on this semester. I do have guest bloggers but they have school and their own sites that they will try to post more on instead of Horrorville. So again, I apologize if the posts on Horrorville start to decrease. I’m sorry everyone!
So, carrying on with my Marble Hornets review, I carried on to watch Entry #1 which is the first clip found in Alex’s collection that Jay had taken in to his own hands.
WARNING: This may contain spoilers.
The first entry within the Marble Hornets series is actually found a few tapes in. Jay says in a clip: “After reviewing a couple of tapes and finding nothing unusual, I came across a clip that doesn’t fit in with the others.” And that’s exactly what this clip is all about. It’s very odd. Understanding that Jay has already sifted through some of Alex’s tapes, he’s whittling it down to the ones that seem to explain Alex’s quick exit.
The clip takes place in Alex’s home, not the location for his Marble Hornets short film which struck as odd because he said his aggravation over the project was due to the location. This is where things get very strange, and wholly unusual. In the clip, there is no audio as if it was disabled or had been taken out, and there’s also some minor distortion and colour saturation in the clip itself which adds to the creepy factor. Outside of the window that we see in the clip, there’s a tall figure with what seems to be no face and is wearing a suit. He turns to look at the person filming (we assume this is Alex) and he darts away from the window. The clip ends and we’re confused. This leads us in to watching more of the series, purely because we’re asking the question “WHAT EVEN WAS THAT?”
After the clip, there’s another caption that states Jay will be looking for other occurrences like that one in the future. Here, we see that this is what the series will be about and I’m looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds. We’re asking so many questions, as the main character Jay must also be asking such as “who is that” and “why are they outside Alex’s house.”
I give this entry four skulls out of five (☠☠☠☠) because of the intrigue and the oddity within.