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Hostel (2006)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Eli Roth

Starring:
Jay Hernandez/Paxton
Derek Richardson/Josh
Barbara Nedeljakova/Natalya
Eythor Gudjonsson/Oli
PLOT-CRUNCH
Three horny Yankee duders backpacking across Europe find themselves in big trouble when they accept a hook up to a slut haven Hostel in some Slovakian city. They wind up getting more than just a slice of hair pie as it gets “Sunday Bloody Sunday”.
THE LOWDOWN
Even though I loved Cabin Fever to virus infected death, I wasn’t 100% if Eli Roth had it in him in terms of going for the long haul on the horror scene. I mean how many genre directors come and go every year? Too many. But straight up: f*cking Roth has done it again. Hostel (which will hit the big screen in 2006) is the firm celluloid proof that the lad is not a one hit wonder; he’s here to stay within our genre loving club.

Hostel is what I like to call a heterosexuals' horror fan's macabre wet dream. You dig hot broads? So does Roth and he communicated that love by filling the screen with them left, right, diagonally, center and oblique (whatever that means). You boogie to vicious brutality, suspense and the red-wet stuff? BINGO! Roth delivered hardcore in that department too! I actually winced like a schoolgirl getting a wooden paddle spanking due to a couple of the bloody gags/fear bits on display in this one. NICE! Of course, Hostel was more than tits, tension and blood splashed all over the screen. We get engaging hip dialogue, appealing characters, stellar acting (Hernandez owned the movie), engrossing locations and a gripping reason as to the “why” behind the horror. Actually, to be honest, at 40 minutes in, I was thinking “The movie is okay so far”. I was actually a tad worried where the film wasn’t showing me anything I hadn’t seen before or going far enough to whip lash me off my seat to the front isle. But then it happened, the gloves were taken off and the rest of the film was a take no prisoners, f*ck you essay in genre nastiness and political incorrectness. I laughed, I cringed, I cheered, and I vouched to never…EVER… hit a Slovakian city. And I mean… EVER!

Any bummers? I did feel that the film took a tad too long to get to the point. Witnessing hot dames and horny teen laced parties are kool and all but it got a bit redundant. Furthermore the plot turn that sent us into the last act did demand some (and I stress the word “some”) suspension of disbelief. But at the end of the kill I was reminded of a valuable lesson some jerk once thought me; always judge a film as the end credits roll. Don’t bring the axe down before then cause you just never know. Who was that jerk? WHO CARES! Point being, Hostel; seemed like it was going to be decent for most of its running time, but once the second half kicked in, it brought it all home with flair and gusto hence becoming EXCELLENT!

All in all Hostel was a “Made for Arrow” spiel of tits, gore and out of school shite, that sported a set of balls that has to be seen to be respected. Check into this Hostel!
GORE
I’m gonna hold back here in terms of the details where I don’t want to give too much away. Lets just say that: a severed head, a bloody headshot, mucho human limbs, a open chest mess, nasty scalpel cuts and an eye ball “thing” that had me laughing out loud at how gross it was were on the menu. Bon Appetite! KNB comes through again!
ACTING
Jay Hernandez (Paxton) was the better actor here and his character was one that I related to. He owned! Derek Richardson (Josh) aced it as the more sensitive one of the group. Good shit man! Barbara Nedeljakova (Natalya) not only had edge, charisma and a credible delivery but she had to be one of the most beautiful girl earth has to offer. Eythor Gudjonsson (Oli) nailed his comic relief part! I wanted to hang with him and bang the girls he was gawking at!
T & A
Bless the Roth where he knows what full-blooded heterosexuals want: Breasts galore, booties all over the place and even one full frontal. The ladies get shitless (or is it shirtless) dudes and one male butt-bacon.
DIRECTING
Roth played it more straight with this one when compared to the fairly kinetic Cabin Fever and it worked. The “the way it is” directing style gave the ugliness at hand way more oomph. It should be said that he handled his suspense scenes like a pro! Good stuff man!
SOUNDTRACK
The cut I saw was an early cut with a "temp score"; hence I won't address it.
BOTTOM LINE
Hostel had the “Arrow in the Head” checklist checked and then some! Hot babes showing off them knockers, vicious violence, graphic gore, frat boy humor and a last block that broke mucho rules in terms of political correctness and good taste. I LOVED IT! Yes the flick did take its sweet ass time to get to the “fat of the bitch” and I had to pause my brain to swallow at least one plot turn but all in all Hostel proved to me that “out of line horror” still exists and that Eli Roth is here to stay! I got to see the uncut version and I pray that they won’t trim it down too much to get that R. The violence is one of the film’s main strength, don’t neuter this puppy MPAA or I might have to hunt you down to show you my scalpel skills.
BULL'S EYE
Takashi Miike and Eli Roth both have cameos.

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8:10AM on 09/15/2009

THIS MOVIE RULED.

If I had to choose between 'Hostel and 'Cabin Fever' as my favorite Eli Roth film, 'Hostel' would win, bloodied hands down.
If I had to choose between 'Hostel and 'Cabin Fever' as my favorite Eli Roth film, 'Hostel' would win, bloodied hands down.
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10:58AM on 01/22/2009
This thing was a softcore porno for the first 45 mins. Then after it just got OVERLY gorey, like it was starting to get ridiculous. It is a disturbing movie, and perhaps if they had stuck to the last half of the movie and made that into a full movie it would have been better, but if I wanted to see a softcore porno I would have went somewhere else.
This thing was a softcore porno for the first 45 mins. Then after it just got OVERLY gorey, like it was starting to get ridiculous. It is a disturbing movie, and perhaps if they had stuck to the last half of the movie and made that into a full movie it would have been better, but if I wanted to see a softcore porno I would have went somewhere else.
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8:01AM on 03/29/2007

WOW!!!!!

this movie was AWSOME, i did not think Eli could top Cabin Fever but some fucking way he did this was FUCKING AWSOME MOVIE!!!
this movie was AWSOME, i did not think Eli could top Cabin Fever but some fucking way he did this was FUCKING AWSOME MOVIE!!!
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3:38PM on 10/03/2006
Hostel started out trying to be like EuroTrip, and ended up trying to be like Saw but it was neither as funny as the first, and it didn't have the wits and twists of the second. The gore was way too much even for a horror fan. It got pointless and sadistic at some points. I've seen my share of films, and lots of horror films; zombies, slashers and serial killers but those films had a story and/or a Mystery. Hostel had a crappy set up followed by a series of often-unwatchable scenes leading to
Hostel started out trying to be like EuroTrip, and ended up trying to be like Saw but it was neither as funny as the first, and it didn't have the wits and twists of the second. The gore was way too much even for a horror fan. It got pointless and sadistic at some points. I've seen my share of films, and lots of horror films; zombies, slashers and serial killers but those films had a story and/or a Mystery. Hostel had a crappy set up followed by a series of often-unwatchable scenes leading to an enb that proved how pointless the film was in the first place. Go watch SAW or even SAW II, and skip this sick and sickening piece of crap. It gets half a star just for delivering on the T&A side. I saw the unrated version.

oh and I do agree it is homophobic. Me being homosexual or not, it was offensive to say the least.
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11:15PM on 04/29/2006

Fucking. Awesome.

Holy shit! Now that's a quality horror flick! It does take a while to get going, but that's a relief considering that most self-proclaimed "horror" flicks these days try to start things off with a bang. This film has strong actors who give their roles some actual depth, but it's also a no-holds-barred, bloody, and downright entertaining movie (with lots of boobage and beautiful women, which is a major plus).
Holy shit! Now that's a quality horror flick! It does take a while to get going, but that's a relief considering that most self-proclaimed "horror" flicks these days try to start things off with a bang. This film has strong actors who give their roles some actual depth, but it's also a no-holds-barred, bloody, and downright entertaining movie (with lots of boobage and beautiful women, which is a major plus).
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12:12AM on 04/19/2006

HOSTILE ABOUT HOSTEL

Hostel was the best horror film i've seen in a long, long time. Horror films and political correctness shouldn't ever go hand in hand and personally I don't feel like watching anymore PG-13 Disney bullshit. Too me, Roth has more balls than a 25 cent vending machine and should be given awards for his movies. He's bringing back horror in a Hardcore way, the only way horror should exist. If you want to see Fully Dressed Politically Correct Best Friends Playing Video Games, Throwing Slumber Parties
Hostel was the best horror film i've seen in a long, long time. Horror films and political correctness shouldn't ever go hand in hand and personally I don't feel like watching anymore PG-13 Disney bullshit. Too me, Roth has more balls than a 25 cent vending machine and should be given awards for his movies. He's bringing back horror in a Hardcore way, the only way horror should exist. If you want to see Fully Dressed Politically Correct Best Friends Playing Video Games, Throwing Slumber Parties and Telling Ghost Tales (which i'm sure some people would love to DUB horror), check out the next piece of shit Mickey Mouse Promotes, don't get pissed because a horror movie has Tits And Gore.

and to Address Homophobia In Hostel, These are CHARACTERS, Realistic Characters at that... what do you think the world's full of people like Dr. Phil? Fuck No. I hear Faggot from people in College Like 84 times a day, this all makes for more reality and makes a better horror movie.

If I saw some asshole in his Twenties in a horror movie talking like a "Gentleman" to his friends and walking around the streets not talking about getting pussy.. it'd seem unatural. that's just the way it is, Men are disgusting pigs. And Jesus Christ, it's a girls Body.. A BODY.What's so wrong with showing natural beauty.
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9:22AM on 04/14/2006

Homophobic

I agree, this movie is homophobic, and people who dismiss obisouly aren't gay living in george bush's america, are they? Tey it for a day and see how far you get. a slur is a s;ur, just because you aren't personally offended, doesn't mean it ISN'T offensive. Wake up.
I agree, this movie is homophobic, and people who dismiss obisouly aren't gay living in george bush's america, are they? Tey it for a day and see how far you get. a slur is a s;ur, just because you aren't personally offended, doesn't mean it ISN'T offensive. Wake up.
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10:15AM on 04/10/2006

What a load of SHIT!

I hated Hostel! It is possibly the worst horror film I have ever seen in my entire life. The plot was dumb and the deaths were boring. (that eye ball thing looked more fake than Jaws!) I am sick of people saying I dislike the film because of how much female nudity is on offer but that did'nt bother me, the movie is a bore and Eli Roth can kiss my ass, I will never see another Roth film after this crap.
I hated Hostel! It is possibly the worst horror film I have ever seen in my entire life. The plot was dumb and the deaths were boring. (that eye ball thing looked more fake than Jaws!) I am sick of people saying I dislike the film because of how much female nudity is on offer but that did'nt bother me, the movie is a bore and Eli Roth can kiss my ass, I will never see another Roth film after this crap.
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11:53PM on 02/04/2006
If I were to rate the first half of Hostel, It would probably be a 0. In a man's eyes, sure, T&A are glorious. But from a girl's perspective... WAY too much chick nudity. It's hard to not feel awkward in a situation like that. I've seen plenty of great movies with unnecessary nudity. Hostel took it too far.
Anyway, back to my point, the second half of the movie, I didn't mind. Total gore, unheard-of methods of murder and an interesting plot. The only downside for me was that it was hard to
If I were to rate the first half of Hostel, It would probably be a 0. In a man's eyes, sure, T&A are glorious. But from a girl's perspective... WAY too much chick nudity. It's hard to not feel awkward in a situation like that. I've seen plenty of great movies with unnecessary nudity. Hostel took it too far.
Anyway, back to my point, the second half of the movie, I didn't mind. Total gore, unheard-of methods of murder and an interesting plot. The only downside for me was that it was hard to stay interested after the first half. My boyfriend and I were so put off by the beginning that we were sitting at the theater cracking jokes at the second half.
To sum it up, T&A, then gore. Every man's dream.
Remind me never to go to Amsterdam, please.
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1:21PM on 01/26/2006

Hostel

This movie made me cringe, laugh out loud, and almost made me cover my eyes. I mean, a lot of movies hint at torture or show some torture and then cut away, but this flick laid it all out, bare. The horror of sadistic torture wasn't just shown, but it was explored. The scene where the escaped victim comes face to face with a first time, excited torturer-to-be was simply astounding! Did Roth want to explain why depraved people can do such things? I don't know, but it certainly made for a
This movie made me cringe, laugh out loud, and almost made me cover my eyes. I mean, a lot of movies hint at torture or show some torture and then cut away, but this flick laid it all out, bare. The horror of sadistic torture wasn't just shown, but it was explored. The scene where the escaped victim comes face to face with a first time, excited torturer-to-be was simply astounding! Did Roth want to explain why depraved people can do such things? I don't know, but it certainly made for a great movie. I agree with Arrow that the movie took a while to get started, and there was a point about 45 minutes in that I thought the movie might slide into the predictable, genre flick. However, the twists and turns in the second half got me to the edge of my seat, and the GORE was outrageos - not just in a shock you way, but in a make you cringe and shiver way. It is ironic that Miike makes a cameo (and a bitchen cameo it was!), because this movie had a cringe factor up there with the last half of Audition.
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8:54AM on 01/24/2006

Oh Boy

Have you ever went into a movie and wanted to bad to love it but then ... dont? Well that is what happened here. After seeing the previews I was pumped for Hostel.

Body count, Gore, torture, violence, people cringing, women shrieking.

I got none of this. It wasnt as Gory as I thought, the story was stupid, the comedy was unneeded, and the movie as a whole just fell on its face.

disappointment.
Have you ever went into a movie and wanted to bad to love it but then ... dont? Well that is what happened here. After seeing the previews I was pumped for Hostel.

Body count, Gore, torture, violence, people cringing, women shrieking.

I got none of this. It wasnt as Gory as I thought, the story was stupid, the comedy was unneeded, and the movie as a whole just fell on its face.

disappointment.
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7:06PM on 01/23/2006

damn

i had a rather long post, and it just acted as if nothing happened. dammit.

anyway, i see this film to be along the same line as Last House on the Left and I Spit on your Grave (which are both much more violent), to where it is not given any credit to begin with, but gets more appreciation in time.
i was more than happy with how the story unfolded and the gore. the people sitting in the row before me must have wanted to shoot me in the face due to my constant laughing throughout the film.
i had a rather long post, and it just acted as if nothing happened. dammit.

anyway, i see this film to be along the same line as Last House on the Left and I Spit on your Grave (which are both much more violent), to where it is not given any credit to begin with, but gets more appreciation in time.
i was more than happy with how the story unfolded and the gore. the people sitting in the row before me must have wanted to shoot me in the face due to my constant laughing throughout the film. what can i say, it was a fun movie.
all in all, it felt alot like sex: took its time to build everything up, then finally we got through with the foreplay and got into the hardcore action. though, much like the last few times ive gotten laid, she ends way before i was done, leaving me asking "thats all?"
but hell, either way i had a good time.
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7:03PM on 01/17/2006

Better than Wolf Creek

Saw Hostel over the weekend. I liked it for the most part. It wasn't as bloody as I had hoped but what I got I was happy with. Hell I was cheering at some shots along with the rest of the audience.

Unlike Wolf Creek, we get to see some of the torture. Nice FX guys. The eye ball scene was my fav. Acting was solid. I'd see it again.

Saw Hostel over the weekend. I liked it for the most part. It wasn't as bloody as I had hoped but what I got I was happy with. Hell I was cheering at some shots along with the rest of the audience.

Unlike Wolf Creek, we get to see some of the torture. Nice FX guys. The eye ball scene was my fav. Acting was solid. I'd see it again.

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6:01PM on 01/11/2006

GAY. NOT OFFENDED.

Actually I didn't think the movie was all that offensive at all. I mean yes it was gross, but I've seen worse. And yes there are a few homophobic slurs, but that's the way guys like that really act, and even they didn't seem that bad. I thought it was a very entertaining movie. Well acted and well directed. Although it really wasn't all that scary. It was more interested in being shocking than actually frightening anyone. Which is a shame given how promising the premise is. But I did still
Actually I didn't think the movie was all that offensive at all. I mean yes it was gross, but I've seen worse. And yes there are a few homophobic slurs, but that's the way guys like that really act, and even they didn't seem that bad. I thought it was a very entertaining movie. Well acted and well directed. Although it really wasn't all that scary. It was more interested in being shocking than actually frightening anyone. Which is a shame given how promising the premise is. But I did still enjoy it a lot.
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8:18PM on 01/10/2006

Offense? You are kidding me.

OK hold on...You people want to tell me that you watched all the insane gore in this movie, what with body parts being ripped off and people being drilled and whatnot, yet you get offended when the main character says "faggot"? that is ludicrous. I mean, what is it to get offended? It was perfectly fitting with their characters that they throw around the use of "faggot" and "gay". I mean, do you see the pointlessness of that statement? I mean even the Arrow talked of how politically incorrect
OK hold on...You people want to tell me that you watched all the insane gore in this movie, what with body parts being ripped off and people being drilled and whatnot, yet you get offended when the main character says "faggot"? that is ludicrous. I mean, what is it to get offended? It was perfectly fitting with their characters that they throw around the use of "faggot" and "gay". I mean, do you see the pointlessness of that statement? I mean even the Arrow talked of how politically incorrect this movie is...so Roth should have taken out all of the supposed homophobia? get over it guys! The main characters are sort of frat boy archetypes, complete with a sense of conmtempt toward gay people, and they were written that way for a purpose! Oh and as for using "nigger" I would like to remind everyone of a certain movie that had one of the white characters speaking of "Dead Nigger Storage" and such. Political Correctness is a joke, being offended is a joke. What is our world coming to? As for the movie, amazing, truly horrifying. Roth is one of the most promising directors today.
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7:47AM on 01/07/2006

A Bloody Masterpiece

My namesake says it all. I love a flick chock full of gore, and this puppy served me up a bloody rare steak. It did take a little while to get to the hemo-gushing, but I didn't mind because the screen was filled with the hottest group of ladies ever put to film. Praise to Eli and I hope he starts putting out 10 films a year!
My namesake says it all. I love a flick chock full of gore, and this puppy served me up a bloody rare steak. It did take a little while to get to the hemo-gushing, but I didn't mind because the screen was filled with the hottest group of ladies ever put to film. Praise to Eli and I hope he starts putting out 10 films a year!
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4:08AM on 01/07/2006
I saw it tonight and yes, I will have to agree with Nemesis7293 to a degree. I didn't think it was the most awful movie I'd ever seen, but one of the things that really bothered me was how the word "fag" and the phrase "this is so gay" was thrown around so casually and so frequently. Roth did the same with "Cabin Fever," too. He really should learn that using such hateful language in the dialogue of his movies is really unacceptable. Nemesis made an excellent point, too: if you can't use
I saw it tonight and yes, I will have to agree with Nemesis7293 to a degree. I didn't think it was the most awful movie I'd ever seen, but one of the things that really bothered me was how the word "fag" and the phrase "this is so gay" was thrown around so casually and so frequently. Roth did the same with "Cabin Fever," too. He really should learn that using such hateful language in the dialogue of his movies is really unacceptable. Nemesis made an excellent point, too: if you can't use the word "nigger" in a movie, then you can't use the word "faggot" either.
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9:55PM on 01/06/2006

great movie

first 30 minutes are boobage. the rest is a complete edge of your seat, eye covering, shivering gore fest. i loved it. great stuff. awesome incredible ending.
first 30 minutes are boobage. the rest is a complete edge of your seat, eye covering, shivering gore fest. i loved it. great stuff. awesome incredible ending.
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6:45PM on 01/06/2006

Seeing IT tonight, can't wait

Looking forward to this movie, have been since Saw II previews and I must agree with the others when I say Nemy, get a life. Just cause you didn't like the director, don't bitch about the movie.
Looking forward to this movie, have been since Saw II previews and I must agree with the others when I say Nemy, get a life. Just cause you didn't like the director, don't bitch about the movie.
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11:38PM on 01/05/2006

I haven't seen it either

I agree with zombiesfeed in the sense of nemy down there bringing Eli Roth's personal life into a movie and it does seem like he does have a strong hatered for this film based off of his feelings toward eli. well anyway nemy, your whole speech put out a very negative distorted view of the movie state your "facts" of why it's bad, aspects of the film that actually brought it down then I'll respect your review. until then you just come out as in emo kid mad at the world and not being able to
I agree with zombiesfeed in the sense of nemy down there bringing Eli Roth's personal life into a movie and it does seem like he does have a strong hatered for this film based off of his feelings toward eli. well anyway nemy, your whole speech put out a very negative distorted view of the movie state your "facts" of why it's bad, aspects of the film that actually brought it down then I'll respect your review. until then you just come out as in emo kid mad at the world and not being able to explain why he hates it. other words you resist to resist... that pisses me off.
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4:05PM on 01/05/2006

Haven't seen this movie yet

However sounds kewl to me to the person that was offended by the movie get a life its a fucking movie its not real and don't presume something about a director either you don't know what goes on behind closed doors with him true I don't either but his or my sexual preference isn't your business anyway don't let your hatred for one person cloud your judgement on a movie either
However sounds kewl to me to the person that was offended by the movie get a life its a fucking movie its not real and don't presume something about a director either you don't know what goes on behind closed doors with him true I don't either but his or my sexual preference isn't your business anyway don't let your hatred for one person cloud your judgement on a movie either
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7:15AM on 12/27/2005

Trully Sad

The excellent Walter Chaw on FilmFreakCentral.com described this unmitigated piece of shit far better than I ever could. After seeing this filmic abortion I CANNOT more strongly agree with Chaw's assertion that Eli Roth's breathtaking hostility may very well lie in that he secretly fears that he, himself, is a "pussy" and a "faggot". In the America of 2005 the word "faggot" and all of the sentiment of hate behind it can still be flung about freely in film. Not only flung about, but actively
The excellent Walter Chaw on FilmFreakCentral.com described this unmitigated piece of shit far better than I ever could. After seeing this filmic abortion I CANNOT more strongly agree with Chaw's assertion that Eli Roth's breathtaking hostility may very well lie in that he secretly fears that he, himself, is a "pussy" and a "faggot". In the America of 2005 the word "faggot" and all of the sentiment of hate behind it can still be flung about freely in film. Not only flung about, but actively encouraged because Americans trully do hate homosexuals. The phrase "The Ugly American" continues to find new meaning. Some may argue that the protagonists are getting paid back for their homophobia, but that arguement is laughable when the ones torturing and killing them are OBVIOUSLY intended to be seen as homosexual. Violence can be done with great artistry as by Dario Argento. Nihilism can be done with great artistry as by George Romero. "Hostel" is utterly bereft of any such artistry. It is simply an ugly, obscene exercise in pointlessness. The kind of film that could only trully appeal to the kind of person that uses autopsy photos as jacking material. A deeply, unspeakably worthless piece of scum filth. It will, undoubtedly, be a huge hit in America, The Beautiful. Can you imagine the film made with the word "nigger" in place of the word "faggot"? Of course not, that's unthinkable, but it's still open season on Queers. I think there is a special place in Hell for this film and everybody connected with it.
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