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PCR # 303  (Vol. 7, No. 2)  This edition is for the week of January 9--15, 2006.

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Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith
Three stars

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Rex's Rant: Abramoff....Pat Robertson....Howard Stern...."Hostel"  by Nick King
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Lions Gate     
Starring: Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson
Directed by: Eli Roth
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hour 35 mins

Ever thought about taking a year off and just backpacking your way across Europe? Maybe ride the train and stay in a hostel? I'd suggest you see "Hostel" first, though afterwards you may not even want to walk down to the nearest Motel 6!

Paxton (Hernandez), Josh (Richardson) and their new Icelandic friend, Oli, have been all over the great continent. As their trip winds down, they head to Prague, where Oli has heard of a hostel that has a way with attracting incredibly beautiful (and friendly) women. Skeptical, the boys make their way to the establishment, where the rumors are proven to be true. At first upset at the lack of private rooms, the boys soon brighten up when they find they will be sharing their room with a couple of Euro hotties! Of course, the old saying goes "be careful of what you wish for, you may get it." And what the guests at the "Hostel" get is something nobody would ever wish for!

Director Eli Roth last scared us with his film, "Cabin Fever." Now he has taken the routine teen sex comedy and turned it into a horror film of the highest extreme. Yes, there are pretty young girls in various stages of undress. Yes, there is drinking and drugs. Yes, there are scenes of torture so disturbing I actually held my hands up so I couldn't see the screen. I credit that response to the work of make up effects expert Greg Nicotero, who pulls out all the stops in one of the most graphic horror films since Tom Savini ruled the 80's. The cast does a good job at conveying the horror and, in spite of the story line, Roth has managed to capture some great footage of the beautiful Prague countryside. Of course, no one is going to mistake "Hostel" for a travelogue, unless they are looking for a journey full of terror. On a scale of zero to four stars I give "Hostel"  Four stars

This week's movie review of "Hostel" is ©2006 by Michael A. Smith.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2005, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2006 by Nolan B. Canova.