QUOTE(pasomnica @ Jan 20 2008, 02:35 PM)
Please help me with my research (if you can): My name is Martina and I am a tourism student in my final year, writing a dissertation about the film tourism, specifically IF or TO WHAT EXTENT the Hostel film influenced travelling to Slovakia (my home country) as a tourism destination. I would like to ask all of you who have seen the movie, to write a few words, whether/how it shaped the picture of Slovakia you had in your mind before seeing the film (if any), whether it put you off or opposite, made you want to go there.., perhaps made you aware of the country (it is often being confused with Slovenia) etc. I'd really appreciate if you could participate in my project by replying to this message. MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO WILL!
I watched Hostel for the first time last night and don't understand what all the controversy is about... (or "was" about? it's a couple years old, I know.).
Unless they're just trying to be obnoxious -- or are really, REALLY stupid -- it's impossible to take the film's portrayal of Slovakia as realistic. It's not even a good horror flick. The characters are as one-dimensional and boring as the plot, i.e., dumb & horny U.S. frat boys + dumb & slutty Eastern European girls.
Well, to tell you the truth, maybe "dumb & horny U.S. frat boys" is a pretty accurate description.
I've been all over Europe, but never to Slovakia. If anything, a lot of people who never even heard of the country will put it on their itinerary now, which could be a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective.
But anyone who says they're NOT going because they're afraid of marauding gangs of six year-olds (who kill for, uh, bubble-gum?!) and gruesome torture dungeons, would never go anyway. They have no interest in ever leaving the U.S.
My bet is that the movie will boost tourism. A lot. Especially if Slovakian chicks are as hot as the ones in the movie!