Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Extremely brutal, graphic horror movie has cursing, nudity.

R 2006 95 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 41 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 55 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 18+

Graphic, Grisly, and Disturbing!

There are no positive messages or role models in this film or its sequel. It is very bloody and depressing, and it is for no one but adults. I saw it once and will never see it again. By far, the only good film directed by Eli Roth that I have seen is “Cabin Fever” from 2002. There is too much violence and sex to watch it again, and it is only for people with strong stomachs. Either watch it once or do not watch it at all. This movie and its sequel are both twisted in the sense that wealthy people actually pay money to torture and kill young people who are still in their youth in this one evil, demented hostel depicted in the series. Like movies such as “Saw”, they do not call this flick a “torture-porn” movie for nothing.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

A good concept horror film

I watched this film 2 years ago and I really enjoyed it after I watched it once I bought it on DVD. I will warn you guys, it is very graphic in both sex and gore. I kinda liked that it started off as a raunchy comedy before turning to a straight up torture horror film. I will admit Saw is a better movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 6, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: April 18, 2006
  • Cast: Derek Richardson, Jay Hernandez, Jennifer Lim
  • Director: Eli Roth
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: brutal scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use.
  • Last updated: March 11, 2023

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