Directed by: Eli Roth
Starring: Jay Hernandez (Paxton), Derek Richardson (Josh), Barbara Nedeljakova (Natalya), Jana Kaderabkova (Svetlana), Eythor Gudjonsson (Oli), Jan Vlasak (Businessman), Takashi Miike (Japanese Paxton talks to outside the Hunting Club), Rick Hoffman (American Paxton meets in the changing room)
Language: English (English subtitles)
Genres: Torture, Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Captivity/Kidnapping, Rape/Sexual Violence against Men, Rape/Sexual Violence against Women
Plot – Spoilers:
Two American backpackers Paxton and Josh team up with an Icelandic friend and head to Amsterdam where they attempt to do the usual getting high and laid stuff. Brimming with hormones, they are seduced by a story of Slovakia being the land of pussy and more pussy and enthusiastically head for Bratislava.
After they check into a Hostel, their spirits soar when two attractive and sexually open women befriend them and appear taken in by their American charm. From here things begin to unravel as Oli first goes missing and the two hardons discover the existence of a sadistic service called the Elite Hunting Club.
It’s a different matter that the three friends aren’t the most likeable; so you don’t feel too much sympathy for their misery 🙂
1. This version here is the Director’s Cut. In the other version, the ending is different with Paxton murdering the Dutch businessman in the restroom, instead of kidnapping his daughter.
2. For the scene where the kids-gang destroy the car, director Eli Roth apparently offered them the car and asked them to go nuts with it.
3. Takashi Miike has a special appearance as the Japanese guy outside the Club whom Paxton chats with.
1. The torture scene of Josh:
During his meeting with the Dutch sadist in the train, he had reacted repulsively to the latter grabbing his thigh. As a reward, he now gets a drill through the very same thigh.
2. The torture scene of Paxton:
The German seems to be a first-timer and is therefore susceptible to Paxton’s entreaties. He is shown to be clumsy and fidgety from the start and it doesn’t surprise you when he trips and ends up chainsawing himself.