Why Hostel is the stupidest travel movie of all time

Why hostel is the stupidest travel movie of all time

“OMG dude, haven’t you seen Hostel? Aren’t you scared you’re going to get kidnapped and killed in the middle of the night like all those film actors in that one fictional movie?”

No, you imbecilic excuse for a multicellular, bipedal and cognitively sentient proto-ape. No, I am not afraid of my hostel owner gutting me with a knife in my sleep, and nor should you be.

Because travel is safe, you ask? Nay. Travel is not always safe. But that is due to a rather flagrantly obvious and deviously simple truth.

Life isn’t safe.

Nothing ever is. Risks are all around us, and there’s no telling when you might just trip over a condom wrapper left in the street and smash your face against a telephone pole and splatter your brains all over the pavement some idiot used as an impromptu toilet the evening immediately prior.

Cartagena, Colombia
“Try me, bitch.”

But let me tell you something, you adorable little moron. A hostel is the absolute safest place a backpacker can possibly find him or herself whilst imbibing the alcoholic and experiential gifts a foreign land can bestow.

“But the movie,” you stammer. “In the movie they were in serious danger and they–”

Speak to me no further of such nonsense, you intellectual deviant. You bring shame to the biological good fortune of opposable thumbs and linguistic communication. Were you to go back to the primeval wildlands from whence you came, your powers of reason would be outclassed by carpenter ant larvae.

Allow me to explain why the hostel is the greatest line of defense against murderously invasive ne’er-do-wells whose company is only slightly less preferable to your incessant stupidity.

1) A hostel is filled with an army of youthful citizens at the peak of the physical capability

Spartan warrior in Mystras, demonstrating the median physique of the common backpacker.
“No mortal foe, no hellish beast, no wrath of nature shall thwart my attempts to impress the female of my species.”

In few other circumstances can a victimized young target of violence be more readily defended than in a 42-bed dorm room populated by boundlessly muscular, heavily intoxicated young gentlemen whose current physique stands at the uppermost echelon of what they will ever achieve in their lifetime. And with impossibly indigestible quantities of alcoholic substances coursing through their veins, their diminished ability to process the sensation of physical pain will render them nearly impervious to the danger posed by any assailant wielding a melee weapon of any kind.

Of the utmost importance in this particular case, however, is the insatiable desire to defend the livelihood of helpless young ladies anywhere to be found, in a perhaps misguided, though entirely appreciated attempt to obtain the endorsement of their reproductive quality control guidelines in the aims of potentially engaging in post-traumatic reproductive recreational activities shortly following the incident of horrific danger.

They will be there for you. And they will win.

2) Someone’s always awake

Odessa, Ukraine. Untz untz untz.
Artist’s approximation of the typical hostel common room.

Seriously, have you even been in a hostel? It is a chaotic inferno of constantly coming, going, talking, drinking, shouting, zipping and unzipping, buckling and unbuckling, and crinkling of crinkly clothing into which no self-respecting Psycho enthusiast would dare attempt wade.

And even in the unlikely event that 100% of hostel dorm room occupants are simultaneously unconscious, even Usain Bolt would find it a daunting challenge to speedily make his way from one bed to the next, climbing atop loudly creaking bunk beds one after another, thus slowing his progress and rendering the task unlikely to be completed by the time half a dozen strapping young gentlemen awake from their slumber.

For a description of the aftermath that would ensue, refer back to objection #1.

3) He won’t be able to collect your bill

English teaching summer camp, Taiwan.
“First you get the money. Then you get the power. I forget if there’s other stuff after, but that’s pretty cool just on its own.”

…and your 85 liter pack full of soiled clothing is the last thing you’ll find on his holiday wish list, below elephant feces and Betamax devices.

What of your laptop, you say? He’s probably got one already anyway, and it would be a rather not-lucrative business to lose out on the cash he’d get from the bill you owe just to sell a deteriorating machine of diminishing value which you might not even have anyway. Plus, who’s going to give him a 5 star review on Hostelworld? Not you!

Can you imagine the hassle of removing a body from a hostel dorm room, not to mention the already-irritating hassle of having killed someone, silently enough that no one notices, paying for its disposal, and then selling a cheap laptop on the open market on a regular basis, all the while losing out on a continuous stream of hostel-dwelling bill-payers whose only significant upkeep consists of ongoing sheet laundering? Seems to me like this guy is an incompetent businessman, and if such is the case, he’s probably an incompetent serial killer, too. So no worries.

Movie titles more appropriate than “hostel”

You know what that movie should have been called?

Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania
“Why certainly, sir and madam. Our rooms are so spacious that no one can hear you screa–I mean you’ll have all the privacy you want.”


Think about it. What does a hotel have that a hostel doesn’t?

  • Seclusion: You’re all alone in that eerily quiet room of yours, with no one to defend your defenseless little body.
  • Locks: What the hell good is a hostel door going to do when an easily lockable hotel door will keep other suspicious guests from making a timely entrance?
  • Cold, uncaring guests: Have you ever broken down the door of a hotel room to defend a fellow guest against the murderous hand of a homicidal hotelier? No, I didn’t think so. You’d probably tell yourself the guy in the other room is just watching a scary movie anyway. Like Hostel.
Near Castle Bran, Romania.
“Charming, cozy little villa away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Many guests end up staying forever.”

They could have just called the damn thing Bed and Breakfast and it would have made a whole lot more sense. Who would ever suspect the innocent and charming elderly lady running a precious and adorable little B&B on the edge of a small town? No one, that’s who. And it’s always the people you least suspect that you’ve got to watch out for.

So the next time someone tells you they went on vacation and stayed in a hotel, you just issue them one of these:

  • You fucking moron, why’d you stay in a hotel? You’d actually go to sleep in a country on the other side of the planet without a room full of able-bodied young and athletic backpackers to beat the shit out of the bastard if he tries anything?”
  • You idiot! Are you gonna order room service too? What the fuck are you gonna do when the busboy locks the door shut and brandishes a rusty cooking knife in your face?!?”
  • Wait, you foolish imbecile, you just use those damn little miniature shampoo bottles without checking to make sure it’s not acid you’re about to pour all over your face? The audacity!”

Shame them. Shame them deeply. They need to know the error of the idiot ways. It’s the only way they’ll learn.

I hate that movie. I hate it with every fiber of my being.

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13 Comments on “Why Hostel is the stupidest travel movie of all time”

    1. Yeah, and nobody ever made a movie called “highway” that scared people away from driving, but that’s far more dangerous anyway.

  1. I never saw the movie, but once, when I was staying in a hotel (in a town that didn’t have a hostel) a friend wrote and told me that she was glad I was in a hotel because it was safer. It made absolutely no sense. I could be dead and rotting in a hotel room for days before someone find me.

  2. I have never felt so passionately about any film, however, as a frequent business and pleasure traveler I think Hostel is a) silly and b) a bit creative. I also have a strong affection for the comforts of hotels.

    If someone cannot tell fact from fiction, than yes, they are as you write “imbecilic excuses for a multicellular, bipedal and cognitively sentient proto-apes.” In the meantime, I choose to keep company with a bit higher of an intelligence level.

  3. With you on this, though I didn’t realize Hostel was a travel movie. Anyway, supposedly it takes place in my homeland Slovakia, but was shot in the Czech Republic, which is cool, except it’s obvious the characters are in that country the minute they step off the train (the train station is Poříčany, which is a Czech town). So yeah, it’s stupid.

  4. This is the best thing I have found about Hostels. I have been trying to explain this to my friends and family ever since I started staying in Hostels on my adventures. They simply choose to stay ignorant and believe that Hostels are dangerous, criminal laden, cesspools. I believe this is another excuse people use to justify their complacency and not explore out side their comfort zone. After fully experiencing a Hostel I was hooked. This is where you meet other like minded travelers who may become life long friends.

    1. I’ve never understood the weirdness when it comes to hostel paranoia. There are even plenty of adults in hostels too, so it’s not just a college kid party, either. It’s just a great way to meet people, which, for solo backpackers, is a pretty important thing to do.

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