Today Bloody-Disgusting reporter (and close friend) Spooky Dan sent in his report from the Hollywood premiere of Lions Gate Films’ Hostel, which hits theaters January 6th. What makes this report special is that Dan had seen the previous version of the film, and reports that the finished cut is much, much better than the already awesome original version. Read on for the skinny…
Hostel Premiere and Party
December 12, 2005
By: Spooky Dan
The night was buzzing with anticipation at the press and crew screening for Eli Roth’s latest film Hostel. The usual press and Hollywood horror socialites were all in attendance waiting to see what Roth had up his sleeves. As we entered into the Arclight Theater spooky music was playing, and amongst the audience members were three executioners, brandishing sharp weapons, roaming about. At the front of the auditorium were two victims bloodied up and shackled to the chairs they were sitting on. The victims did their best to look scared and frightened while the main executioner, in full costume with a huge helmet, taunted them. Knowing Eli’s penchant for getting dolled up at premieres I was half expecting the iron helmet to come off and Eli himself to be under the costume, but that was not the case.
Quentin Tarentino came out to introduce Roth, who spoke briefly about what we were about to see and mentioned that afterwards there would be a Q & A with the cast and key crew members. The lights went down and we were treated to the really fun and brutal film. I saw an early cut of the movie a few months back and I for one can say that it has been skillfully tightened up. A new finale, less of the stoner dudes trying to get laid in the beginning, and then KNB’s glorious gore. Thankfully the MPAA decided that the movie was a fine “R” rating as is and didn’t really make any changes, all the gore and brutality was left in the film. I won’t bother to review the film, as there are many reviews out there, but I was happily surprised at how the movie (which I already liked) was improved. Did I mention that the nudity remained intact? There are so many boobs in this film you might think you are watching a soft core Cinemax masterpiece. And it’s “good” nudity too! Gratuitous, numerous and generous, Hooray for Eli’s obsession with jugs!
At the Q & A, Roth, Greg Nicotero, and four of the cast members were there to field questions about the film. Most of the stuff they spoke about was not really anything new if you have been following the genesis of the project. They did reference that Audition, Mute Witness, and Marathon Man were all heavily influential, the budget was somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.5 million and the film was written in about 2 and a half weeks, and in frustration about other projects not really going in the direction that Roth had hoped. The biggest news was that the original written ending was so ****ed up that almost ALL of the filmmakers involved made Roth change the end to a much more satisfying and easier to stomach finish. Nicotero did express that he liked how ****ed up the original ending was. As the film is not yet out, I won’t spoil it for you… but I will agree with Nicotero that what was originally written was the ending that I wanted to see, even though it’s totally ****ed!
Then the after party! Woohoo! The debauchery that ensued will remain a closely guarded Hollywood secret. But, I will say that through the course of the evening it was almost like being at a horror convention. Roth, Quentin, Rodriquez, Landis, Richard Kelly, Garris, Coscarilli, Lustig, Malone, Stamos (yes, even Stamos), Gosling, Whannell Bannister, Nicotero, Berger, and even Vuckovick. And many more were all on hand to witness the birth of the sexy and horrific atrocity that is HOSTEL. The film opens wide on January 6th 2006
Written & Directed by Eli Roth, Presented by Quentin Tarantino, HOSTEL is a mixture of many of the most terrifying things about human nature and the world at large, culled from many impossible-but-true stories of human trafficking, international organized crime, and sex tourism. Relentlessly graphic and deeply disturbing, the film is sure to shock even the most hardcore horror genre fans. HOSTEL tells the story of two American college buddies Paxton and Josh who backpack through Europe eager to make hazy travel memories with new friend Oli, an Icelander they’ve met along the way. Paxton, Josh, and Oli are eventually lured by a fellow traveler to what’s described as a nirvana for American backpackers – a particular hostel in an out-of-the-way Slovakian town stocked with Eastern European women as desperate as they are gorgeous. The two friends arrive and soon easily pair off with exotic beauties Natalya and Svetlana. In fact, too easily… Initially distracted by the good time they’re having, the two friends quickly find themselves trapped in an increasingly sinister situation that they will discover is as wide and as deep as the darkest, sickest recess of human nature itself – if they survive.