Will Czech viewers be drawn to new ultra-violent film?
The new ultra-violent film "Hostel", presented by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Eli Roth, may have made headlines and shocked some in the US by beating King Kong on its opening weekend, but already it is clear the film, one of the most violent in years, will appeal mostly to horror fans. Anyone else, be warned. For Czechs, perhaps the most interesting thing about the film will be the fact that the film was shot in the Czech Republic featuring a number of local actors.
"We have to agree with exhibitors how we're going to present the movie so that children aren't [exposed to images of violence]. That would be a problem, so definitely we have to take care of this. The other thing is that we have to send a clear message to the audience what this movie is about: a strict genre movie, horror, very full of violence and bloody scenes. It is of course 18+."
"It's going to be part of the atmosphere of the deviant story 'The Hostel' tells. That said, people who will want to see this movie probably won't be big fans of Michal David."
As for how the film stands now? One well-known internet barometer, combining critics' ratings of the film, shows it hovering at around 60 percent favourability. Some reviewers have praised "Hostel" within its genre as professionally made, and very-well lensed by Czech cameraman Milan Chadima. In terms of narrative, though, whether the film likes its characters enough for them to survive is a different story. You'll have to have a very strong stomach to find out.