I have been trying lately to avoid most horror films. Even as Halloween approaches and the slew of scary movies get rolled out, I find myself declining to watch and participate. My thought is with war and general instability in the world, why would I feel like watching a horror movie? I am already scared. Very scared.
However year after year, it becomes obvious why horror movies are such box office gold, they offer something non traditional and blatantly uncommon. As Hollywood fare gets more and more trite and cliche, truly original (albeit shocking) subject matter becomes harder and harder to come by. I would guess that is why people keep on comin' to see horror flicks, at least they get your pulse racing- something sitting through the umpteenth Lindsay Lohen movie never will achieve.
My point is, I wasn't planning to view Hostel although I had heard it was indeed very good. I figured it would just be a little too much to view college students get their arms and legs ripped off in some foreign country location instead of just getting their arms and legs ripped off in the USA. Yes cute movie title, I get it they stay in a youth "hostel-" but really...
To my surprise, Hostel proved itself to be interesting and even thought provoking. I know, it sounds like I am being sarcastic but I am not. I genuinely liked Hostel. Yes I had to shield my eyes and was pretty unhappy when the mandatory arms and legs were ripped off (as I expected) Yet, the rest of the movie I was intrigued and thoroughly entertained.
So my recommendation is if you are kind of luke warm on horror movies, but are interested in a good plot and engaging movie this is one to choose. And again surprisingly enough , I feel justified in putting this film in the "movies with something to say" section. I wont give away the plot lines I found interesting enough to fit into this category I hold so dear. Really, you are not going to find a hell of a lot of horror movies in this something to say section, so Hostel is clearly a success.