Hostel is a 2005 horror film written, produced and directed by Eli Roth, starring Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Jennifer Lim, Eythor Gudjonsson and Barbara Nedeljáková. Eli's original script was developed by Quentin Tarantino, who also acted as producer on the movie. Due to the graphic nature of this film, its showing has been restricted in certain countries. The sequel, Hostel: Part II, was released on June 8, 2007.
Two college grad students, Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and his friend, Josh (Derek Richardson), along with their Icelandic friend Óli (Eyþór Guðjónsson), are backpacking together across Europe on vacation. After being thrown out of a discothèque in Amsterdam, the three visit a brothel, where Josh chickens out of having sex with a very attractive prostitute. When they return to their hostel, they meet a Russian man named Alexei (Lubomir Bukovy) who informs them about an undocumented hostel in Slovakia filled with beautiful, American-loving women. The three subsequently board a train on which they meet a peculiar businessman (Jan Vlasák), who (more or less) "freaks" Josh out by placing his hand on his thigh. The man moves to another cab on the train immediately after Josh expresses his obvious disapproval of such an unexpected action. The three leave the train at a small Slovakian village (although the station sign shows the name of the Czech village of Po?í?any), and check into the local hostel, finding themselves sharing a room with two beautiful single women: Russian Natalya (Barbara Nedeljáková) and Czech Svetlana (Jana Kade?ábková), who entice them into joining them at a spa and a disco. At the disco, Josh is saved by the peculiar businessman whom he had unpleasantly encountered on the train after the businessman intervened and prevented him from being attacked by a gang of impoverished children constantly looking for money and bubblegum. Josh apologizes for his overreaction on the train and buys the businessman a drink, at which point the businessman assures him there are no hard feelings. Later that night Paxton and Josh have sex with Svetlana and Natalya, respectively. A young Japanese backpacker, Kana (Jennifer Lim), approaches Paxton and Josh, who are searching for Óli, informing them that her friend, Yuki (Keiko Seiko), is strangely missing as well. An MMS photo sent from Yuki's phone shows Yuki and Óli beneath a smokestack of an abandoned factory, with the word "Sayonara" written in Japanese beneath it. A while later, they spot a man wearing Óli's jacket, and follow him to a museum of medieval torture relics, but when confronted, the man just claims the jacket is his. Not long after, Paxton and Josh receive a second MMS photo message from Óli's phone, in which their Icelandic friend appears in a closeup face shot with the text "I go home" accompanying the image. Then, the scene shifts to the source of the photo, revealing Óli's severed head sitting on a table in a dark, dungeon-like room with a man in surgeon-like attire leaving the room, and about to torture a young woman. Under a feeling of intense discomposure and suspicion, Paxton and Josh decide to leave Bratislava with Kana the following day. Paxton later notices that the MMS photo of Oli and Yuki has been faked. Although Josh is anxious to leave immediately, Paxton talks him into staying just one more night, so they can have sex with Natalya and Svetlana one more time. Josh reluctantly agrees. Later that night, while partying with Natalya and Svetlana, Paxton and Josh pass out, having been slipped tranquilizers. Josh stumbles back to the hostel while Paxton passes out in the disco's storage room, where he is inadvertently locked in for the night. The next day, Josh wakes up handcuffed to a chair in a dungeon-like room with a bag over his head and sees a man entering the room; it is the businessman. After he examines the tools on a table, while Josh tearfully pleads to be released, the businessman chooses a drill and begins torturing Josh by drilling him in both of his pectorals just above his nipples and in his thighs. After he is done, the businessman sits down and tells Josh his unfulfilled dream of being a surgeon. Josh desperately begs him to let him go. The businessman puts on the facade of releasing him, but instead slices Josh's Achilles tendons, leaving him screaming in pain. The businessman then opens the door and tells Josh he is free to go, but once he attempts to stand, he falls over. The businessman then stands over Josh as he tries to crawl away and violently slices his throat. Meanwhile, Paxton awakes and returns to his room where two women invite him to a spa, eerily similar to Natalya and Svetlana. Paxton merely observes them suspiciously, with a look of confusion and discomposure on his face, realizing something is definitely amiss. When the local police chief (Miroslav Táborský) proves unhelpful, Paxton locates Natalya and Svetlana at a dismal bar. The two women are without make-up, looking very rough and different. Paxton furiously interrogates them on the whereabouts of Josh, and the two girls lie to him, telling him that Josh and Óli went to an "art show" together where the factory is. Although Natalya and Svetlana tell Paxton to relax and have a drink, he is furiously unyielding and demands he be taken to where Josh and Óli are. Natalya and the man she is sitting with comply, and they begin to leave the bar to take Paxton to the factory. When Paxton looks back to Svetlana and asks if she is coming, she replies, "I already seen this show." Once Paxton enters the factory, he shockingly witnesses the businessman cutting open Josh's corpse like a surgeon. He is then ambushed by thugs. As he is taken to a cell, he sees several other rooms where others are being tortured. He is restrained in a chair and joined minutes later by a German client, Johann (Petr Jani). When Johann realizes that Paxton speaks his native language, he requests one of the staff thugs place a ball gag in his victim's mouth. However, the continuation of Paxton's torture causes him to vomit, and thus, Johann removes the gag. He then cuts off two of Paxton's fingers from his left hand with a chainsaw, but at the same time, unintentionally and unknowingly severs Paxton's hand restraints. Johann runs toward Paxton with the chainsaw but slips on the ball gag and accidentally cuts his own right leg off. Paxton gets himself out of the chair and shoots Johann in the head. Paxton hides on a cart filled with corpses, pretending to be dead. He then knocks out the man cutting up and cremating the corpses. After disguising himself as a client, he meets another client who thinks that Paxton is in the same position as him. Paxton becomes more uncomfortable as the man begins describing the thrill he is anticipating. When the man leaves, Paxton escapes. He hears Kana's screams and decides to rescue her. Paxton locates Kana and kills the man who is torturing her with a blowtorch (the same man he met before after disguising himself). Kana's face is badly disfigured, her right eyeball hanging out of the socket. In an attempt to stop her screaming, Paxton cuts the eyeball loose. The two flee in a car from the building and get chased by some of the guards. While driving away Paxton sees Natalya and Svetlana talking to Alexei, confirming his involvement, and Paxton runs the three of them over, killing them. With the help of the child gang, Paxton and Kana elude the guards and head to the train station. When Kana sees a reflection of her disfigured face at the station, she jumps in front of an oncoming train, committing suicide and allowing Paxton to flee inside the other train without being noticed. Aboard the train, Paxton hears the voice of the businessman. In Vienna he follows him to a public restroom and throws the Elite Hunting's card under his stall. When the businessman reaches down to pick it up, Paxton cuts off two of his fingers, holds his head underwater, and when the man sees Paxton's reflection, slices his throat and slams his head into the toilet. Paxton then boards a train leaving Vienna. (In an alternate ending available on the DVD, Paxton gets revenge by spiriting away the businessman's young daughter. When the businessman emerges from the men's room his daughter is gone and he calls her name in anguish as we see her leaving on a train with Paxton holding his hand over her mouth to quiet her cries.)