Trivia: In the second youth hostel they visit, people are watching TV. The movie they are watching is Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino, who is one of the producers of this film.

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.


Trivia: While Josh is being tortured by the guy with the shaky hands (right when he's slicing the back of Josh's ankles), he is screaming and wiggling in the chair. As he was doing this, the leg of the chair really crushed one of Derek Richardson's (Josh) toes. Despite the pain, he continued to act out the scene without telling anybody because he thought it would be more realistic.

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Trivia: We see the American businessman that mistakes Paxton for another customer, hit himself in the head a few times with his gun. He actually hit himself so hard that he was bleeding for several hours.

Trivia: When Paxton is about to be tortured, he begs to the man in German. Director Eli Roth decided not to add subtitles, preferring to leave what was said a mystery. The lines translate as "If you kill me, it'll destroy your life. Every time you close your eyes, you'll see me. I'll be in your nightmares every night, your whole life. I will ruin it."


Trivia: The Asian businessman who Paxton encounters outside of the torture-center (who warns Paxton that he could spend "all his money" inside) is played by controversial Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike in a cameo. Both director Eli Roth and executive producer Quentin Tarantino are huge fans of his films.

Trivia: The original ending of the film was vastly different than the theatrical ending. In the original ending, rather than killing the "Dutch Businessman" at the train station, Paxton would instead locate and kidnap his young daughter from the station, leaving the businessman screaming hysterically on the platform, unable to find her. Director Eli Roth considered this to be a far worse form of vengeance than killing him, as he made it clear early on that his daughter was the most important part of his life. However, test audiences who saw the ending felt it was too dark and bleak, and so the theatrical ending was added in re-shoots. The original ending was finally included in some DVD releases of the film.

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

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

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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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