Hostel (2005)

37 mistakes

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Revealing mistake: Before Paxton is hit with the 3 prong instrument, you can see the bloody holes already on his shirt. (01:01:20)

Plot hole: There's no way Paxton could have took the bodies off the cart, laid them down, and stacked them back on top of him in the 3 seconds it took for the guy to open the door. (01:07:15)

Continuity mistake: When Paxton & Kana escape the factory by stealing a car, he checks his rear-view mirror to see the car pursuing him - the road has a dividing dashed white line on it. When the angle changes to see them driving away from the camera, there is no line on the road. Approx. time code 1:20:00.


Continuity mistake: In the end scene in the train station, Paxton is tailing the Dutch businessman to the toilet. As he turns to go down the flight of stairs, there is a girl in a white jacket and blue jeans carrying a white bag and going downstairs behind the Dutchman. As the scene continues two seconds later, further down the stairs from the opposite angle, we see the same girl magically appear walking in the opposite direction going up the stairs. (01:26:55)


Factual error: At the beginning of the movie, the main characters are supposedly in Amsterdam, but everyone is speaking German, it's not just the main characters doing this.

Continuity mistake: When the main character has his fingers cut off with the chainsaw, you can see that three fingers (pinky, ring and middle) get cut off. But in the next shot when you see his hand, and for the rest of the movie, he is only missing two fingers - his pinky and ring finger.

Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie when the guy's head is in the toilet, blood is spilling out into the water. When the shot changes to an overhead shot of the body, the water has no blood in it.


Revealing mistake: Right after Kana opts for suicide by train, watch the security guard who starts running second from the left. He is having a hard time keeping a straight face and is obviously trying to hold off his laughter. (01:25:30)

Daniel Garner

Factual error: When Paxton arrives at the station at the end of the movie he is supposed to be in Germany, yet there is a sign on the platform which reads 'Praha'. Also watch out for posters and signs in bad german language like an add which reads 'Neu am DVD' (should be 'Neu auf DVD') and a sign with 'Dieser Bahnhof wird Video - bewacht' ('Dieser Bahnhof wird video├╝berwacht') on it.

Factual error: In the beginning, the Amsterdam redlight district is shown. They have shown windows on which sex scene shadows appear. Actually, all redlight windows in Amsterdam have big red-colored thick curtains which are closed when any customer gets in with the prostitute. There is no way that shadows can appear and visitors can see it from outside. Doors are also closed from inside, so it is not possible to open it as shown in the film.

Audio problem: When the main character is talking to the American businessman near the end of the movie, when the businessman says "I mean did you do it real slow?" you can tell that his mouth does not match the words he is saying.

Revealing mistake: When the lead character has his fingers cut off, you can tell the hand is just a prop, as it is completely motionless during the shot.

Continuity mistake: In the scene with Paxton being tortured, when the German takes the ball out of Paxton's mouth, when the ball falls to the ground, the straps form a circle. Right before the German slips on the ball when he charges at Paxton with the Chainsaw, the straps are perfectly straight, 180 degrees. (01:04:05 - 01:04:40)


Factual error: When the girl has her eye cut off, pus begins to pour out, but realistically there is no reason for this to happen. Pus is only present where infection has set in, and the wound literally just happened moments before, medically it's not possible for any infection to have begun.

Revealing mistake: When the businessman has his fingers cut off by the lead character, you can tell the hand is a prop, as the skin tone does not match his hand in previous shots, and it moves unrealistically.

Factual error: The amount of blood that comes out of the main characters hand when his fingers are cut off is too much to be realistic at all.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Paxton runs over the three Slovakian scammers with his car. Just when he hits them, you can see for a split second that the dark haired girl in the middle smashes on the windshield and "sticks" on it. But in the next shot she can be seen rolling over the car. (Slow-motion is not needed to see this.)

Continuity mistake: When the main character is being threatened by the man with the chainsaw, in one shot the chainsaw is being held near his face at about his mouth-level, but in the next shot, it is suddenly about 4-6 inches higher, right in front of his eyes.

Continuity mistake: During the first scene at the disco, closely watch the two Asian girls. Right at the beginning of the scene, they are off to the right, dancing about a yard apart. Immediately in the next shot, they are standing right beside each other.

Daniel Garner

Plot hole: In the nightclub scene where Josh is drugged before his is taken to the torture factory, Paxton is drugged too. That means he was supposed to be taken there as well, but he ends up locked in a storage closet for the rest of the night. The two girls working for the Hostel pointed out where the bathroom was for Paxton, so they would have known where he generally was. Hard to believe that they or anyone in cahoots would not try to look for him.

Guard: Talk. Talk, speak.
Paxton: What the fuck do you want me to say?
Guard: American.

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Trivia: Director Eli Roth makes a cameo as the American customer wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey in the Amsterdam coffee shop who is laughing at his friend struggling to take a hit off of a bong.


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Question: Before Paxton escapes he sees guards talking to the police outside the building. I'm confused to why he says "oh shit" - is it because they pay the police to keep it quiet and that is why he doesn't shout for help to the police?

Answer: Exactly, yes. This interaction tells him that the police are in on the operation, and will not help him.

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