For me, it doesn't get much better than
I'm sure you've gathered by now that i'm a huge fan of Eli Roth. Many in the horror community seem to like to bash him, and I really can't understand why. His movies kick ass, period. All of them. What's not to like? One of my favorite things about Hostel, Roth's "Miike film", is that pretty much all of the bad guys/girls in it end up getting brutally killed. Paxton's would be killer gets his leg chainsawed off by his own hand (Leatherface style) and then his brains blown out. The chicks who led the guys to Elite Hunting get hit by a car and then run over. The American businessman who torched Kana's eye out gets shot. The bald Elite Hunting heavy gets his head caved in with the blunt end of a rock (wielded by a child no less). All of those scenes are those "fuck ya" moments where you, as an audience, cannot help but grit your teeth and jump for joy at the sweet bloody justice that is going down on screen. Naturally, Hostel ends on one of these notes too with Paxton eviscerating the Dutch businessman aka Edward Saladhands. I honestly did not see it coming and I couldn't have been happier that Roth decided to take that route. When Paxton got on the train at the end and it pulled out of the station, I thought the movie was gonna end there. Then when he heard the Dutch businessman talking on the train, I though it was gonna cut to black there. And then when he followed the dude into the bathroom, closed the door behind him, and turned the "open" sign to "closed" I was SURE it was ending on that note, with us never really seeing exactly what goes down but knowing that Saladhands got his just desserts. But Eli Roth always seems to give us exactly what we fucking want and never shies away from showing us the things we want to see most and thus, we get to see the complete and brutal murder of the Dutch businessman. It's one of the greatest endings to a horror film ever and it sure as hell is, for me, the most satisfying. And how poetic is it that Paxton cuts off the dudes fingers, the same fingers Pax himself had chainsawed off earlier in the film? Three cheers for sweet revenge!
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