Posted: July 2, 2010 in Our own twisted movie reviews
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I think that many of us are guilty of watching the movie “Hostel”.  I must say that I was quite excited to see this movie when I first read about it on the internet, but I was a different person 5 years ago.  Anyways, the movie came up in a conversation the other day, and it made me think of a few things that I thought were worth mentioning.

First I need to explain a few things that I have read, regarding the inspiration of the concept of this disturbing movie.

Supposedly, the director Eli Roth, got inspiration for the movie, based on a website that he either once saw for himself, or that he was told about.  Regardless of whether he saw the website or not, the premise of the website is what gave him the premise for his movie.

So the website essentially said that if you had 10,000 dollars, you could sign up on this website and go to Thailand.  You would be able to enter a room somewhere, and a person would be sitting in the room blindfolded, and you would be allowed to take a gun and shot him in the head.  The facilitators of this extremely fucked up business would tell you that a portion of the money that you spend will go directly to the family of the person you just killed, and that they willingly volunteered to be killed, in order for their family to receive the money.

Now, I can only hope that such a website never existed, but I do understand how fucked this world that we live in can actually be.  We get to live a very simple peaceful existence in our country, because we live in a country that is run by an extremely strong government and military.  I am very grateful for this.  I also understand that life is very “cheap” in other parts of the world, and the idea or murder, rape, and torture are probably much easier to fathom as a way of life.

I was recently talking to a friend, and she stated that she would never want to travel to Eastern Europe, because she was tramautized from watching the movie “Hostel”.  It was at this point, 5 years after the movie Hostel came out, that I realized how effective Eli Roth actually was with scaring the shit out of people.

Over 30 years ago another movie did a similar job of making you think about what you should or shouldn’t be doing.  Steven Speilberg made the movie “Jaws”, and he did the same thing that Eli Roth did.  He made many people afraid to go into something that is otherwise an enjoyable, and in a high percentage of the time, a safe place to be: the ocean.

I think many people still to this day, are at least slightly concerned with the idea that a shark will attack them while they are swimming in the ocean.  Maybe it is just a nagging voice in the back of their heads, but it is still a voice that is heard.  I can only imagine that when “Jaws” came out in the 70’s, that the voice was not a nagging voice in the back of everyone’s head, it was THE ONLY voice inside many peoples head when they were either: contemplating whether they should go swimming, or when they actually did go swimming.

I am not saying that I like the movie “Hostel”, in fact in this day and age, I find it entirely too fucked up of a concept to find any enjoyment in.   I don’t like the idea of someone finding ANY pleasure at all in the torture or pain of someone else.  There are many movies which I consider disturbing.  I always found “The Exorcist” disturbing, or any movie that has to do with evil entities, demons, or the devil.

Funny enough, I find movies when a human is being evil, to be much more disturbing, then any movie about a higher being such as a demon which is evil.  There is something that just bothers the shit out of me in regards to a human treating another human, inhumanly.

If I crashed on the island in “LOST”, I would have been less useful to the survivors than Hurley in terms of taking on “the others”, with any type of aggression or force.  I would just keep saying that everyone should just chill the fuck out……… but I do think I would have been an awesome fucking candidate.  I doubt that my name would get crossed off the list, I have hopes that Jacob would protect me and my mindset, since it would be good for the island……..Ben would have been my number 2, or better yet Hurley would have been my number 2, and Ben would have been my number 3.  My Island would have also had the humidity turned down, so I would not sweat upon having a conversation with you.

Back to Hostel…….What I do like about the movie, is how Eli Roth took an idea which he heard about (which happened in Thailand, not Europe), and he adapted the story to take place in a part of the world where young people like to travel to.

Many twenty-somethings travel over to that part of the world, and have the times and memories of their lives.  I feel that he understood this, and he thought that it would be a great idea to fuck with the heads of all the people who wanted to travel to that part of the world.

In the case of my friend, Eli Roth has succeeded in what he set out to do.  She will never travel to Eastern Europe.  That is effective movie making to say the least.  I just read today that they are preparing for a part three, for the Hostel movies.  It will be direct to video, it will not be directed by Eli Roth, and it will take place in Vegas.

If you have not been to Vegas yet, get over there before you see part 3.  Or better yet, give up on the notion of ever even watching fucked up shit ever again.

Don’t click on that link on a website that has a video or picture of something that will scar your mind.

And if you are bold, try doing what I have successfully done for the past 5 years……..Don’t watch the news on television AT ALL, seeing as it is all bad shit that that is being reported.  As important as news can be, I look at it this way:

  • If something REALLY important happens on the news, someone will call me probably within 5 minutes…….otherwise its just a waste of my good mood, to hear about all the depressing shit on the news.

I feel much better since I stopped watching all the reports on:

  • which teenager got shot to death
  • or who died in a car accident
  • or how our state and cities are dead fucking broke
  • Or how China owns our country since they bought a large amount of our mutli-TRILLION dollar debt
  • or how foreclosures are at all time highs
  • or how jobs are not available for people who are unemployed
  • or how unhealthy we are
  • or how much it costs to send a kid to college
  • or how our schools are cutting funding, positions,and sports
  • or how fucked up the oil spill is (which I only know because a friend loves to watch the news, he is my polar opposite)
  • or how fucked up the middle east is
  • or how many of our soldiers have died in the middle east

Seriously, stop watching the news, stop reading the paper FOR ONE WEEK, and see how you feel……  Watch things that make you happy, read things that make you happy.  Stop reading my blog if it you think its shitty.  Do what you want.  If something in the news has a direct affect on your well being, someone else will let you know anyways.

This is What Andrew Michaels is doing now…..

  1. Joanna says:

    I saw that movie with you in case you don’t remember. I almost threw up in the theater, but that may have been my hangover. It wasn’t all that scary, but I guess if you need yet another reason to not go to small, impoverished areas of Eastern Europe (in addition to the 10 I could easily come up with) it’s a good thing. Eric can tell you some real scary stories!

  2. Hey there……of course I remember going to see it with you and Eric, I also remember he was useful in German translations which I needed due to lack of subtitles. Any hoot, I would like to hear about these stories regarding Eastern Europe! They would make for entertaining reads! Hope all is well……

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