COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Hostel Double Feature Blu-Ray Review

Updated: 12/04/2012 8:34 AM By: Aaron Chalich

It has been a while since I’ve seen the movies “Hostel” and “Hostel Part 2.” I was really surprised when I received a review copy from Mill Creek of the “Hostel Double Feature” Blu-Ray DVD.

Lions Gate Films released “Hostel” in 2005 and “Hostel Part 2” in 2007. They were both written and directed by Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino presented them.

If you have never seen “Hostel” or “Hostel Part2” they are very disturbing and dark movies.  Both movies take place in Europe where a group of people stay at a youth hostel. The people are eventually abducted and taken to a factory where they are tortured and killed by rich business men. Both movies are very graphic and very gory.  

The whole time I was watching both movies, I felt very uncomfortable and entertained at the same time.

Both movies are on one disk and you can choose which movie you want to watch.

“Hostel” stars Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, and Barbara Nedeljakova. The movie starts out with a couple of guys backpacking through Europe and they meet another guy who tells them of a youth hostel in a small Slovak village. They guys go to the hostel and one of them are abducted and taken to the factory where they are tortured. 

The friend talks to the two women the other guy was with and they eventually tell him and show him where the warehouse is. I don’t want to spoil anything but what the guy sees at the factory is very disturbing. He learns what is going on in Slovak and he has to try and escape before he is caught by the person behind the underground murder-for- profit business.

“Hostel Part 2” stars Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo, Roger Bart and Bijou Philips. The story centers around three art students who are studying in Europe and they are told about a great spa in the Slovak village. The three women eventually start disappearing one by one and are brought to the horrible factory.  Do any of them escape and if they do how do they do it? I won’t say, but you will have to watch it to find out. The ending is really shocking and sick.

I really thought the stories for both movies were very good and original. The stories were also very creepy and made you feel uneasy watching them. This is something I could see really happening and the stories were very believable. 

Another thing that I want to mention is that there is a lot of nudity and gore in both movies.

The scenes in the factory where the people are taken are very graphic and also very bloody. 

The people that did the special effects did an amazing job. Everything looked very real and not fake.

The quality of the movies looked great. The colors really stood out and both movies looked amazing on Blu-ray. 

There were not any special features on the Blu-ray, but both movies are the director’s cuts and contain footage that was not shown in the theater.

A few years ago I met Barbara Nedeljakova at Crypticon and she was very nice. I asked her what it was like being in “Hostel” and she said it was really fun and they had a lot of fun filming it. You wouldn’t think that by watching these films, because of the dark and depressing atmosphere they create.

I would say that I really liked Mill Creek’s “Hostel” and “Hostel Part 2” Double Feature Blu-ray a lot. The movies looked and sounded great. Both movies are very creepy and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It’s not too often that a movie makes me uneasy or uncomfortable watching it, but both of these movies really did that to me.

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Aaron Chalich is a columnist for blogging about the latest entertainment news.