ToonTownReviews

See what movies are good and not so good... Reviews are from the perspective of a ToonTown guy and select reviewers. There are hundreds of collectible posters available thru ToonTownReviews! Click on any of the images to order safely and securely! (This is the sister site of 'OZ - The 'Other' Side of the Rainbow) ***If there is a copyright issue, please email me by clicking on 'Email ToonTownReviews!' in the Links section and I will provide credit, change it to a link, or remove the post.***

 

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Hostel - Grotesque horror flick is top box office draw


Scene from 'Hostel' (CTV.ca News) The number one film in Hollywood is no longer a religious children's film, but instead a low budget nightmare that uses blood, torture and twisted fantasies to push horror to an extreme.

The movie, Hostel, easily beat its competition last weekend by earning more than $20 million US in its first three days. In doing so, it dethroned The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from the top spot at the box office.

Hostel, written and directed by Eli Roth and backed by Quentin Tarantino, is about a group of American teenagers, out for a good time in Europe who end up trapped in a warehouse where wealthy people pay to torture their victims.

The graphic nature of the film has earned it an R rating for its torture and violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use scenes.

These elements are the reason why horror fans and writers have enjoyed the movie.

"The thing I really like about it is the mass amount of nudity, the serious brutality and the mass amount of violence they got away with," horror film critic Spooky Dan Walker said.



Buy these and other 'One Sheets' at MovieGoods.com®


Some mainstream film critics are unimpressed by the film though.

"(It is) one of the most misogynistic films ever made," a critic for The New York Times wrote. The paper also called the film racist.

Other critics are not so hard on the film.

"I don't think it breaks new ground, but it delivers what it promises and a lot of films these days do not do that no matter what genre we are talking about," Michael Rechtshaffen of Hollywood Reporter said.

Variety Magazine reported that Eli Roth has been commissioned to make a sequel to Hostel after its successful first weekend. The film studio is hoping to release the movie next year.

At the same time of Hostel's success, a theatre in Utah, and one in Lethbridge Alberta, refuses to show Brokeback Mountain because the movie, about gay cowboys, is considered too risque.

The same theatres are showing Hostel though.


* With files from CTV's Graham Richardson in Los Angeles

 

Can't think of what to get someone? Get a gift certificate from MovieGoods.com®

* Reviews posted here do not necessarily reflect the views of The Wizard of 'OZ'

* Reviewers do not necessarily endorse MovieGoods.com®


0 Comments:

Post a Comment

<< Home

 

http://www.makepovertyhistory.org