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KidIcarus
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Hey guys, first time poster here. I recently saw the commercials for the horror flick Hostel. It claims it was based on actual events. Director Eli Roth (so the story goes) was online and discovered a website (I think it was Thai) were you could pay to kill someone. My question is, do such websites where you could pay an amount of money to kill a person actually exist?
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Never heard of the guy, but from this site he sounds like one of those guys who would say or do anything to promote a film. You know the type. In the past, we've even had people sign up here and ask questions about some upcoming film, in a thinly-disguised way of generating interest.

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KidIcarus
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Originally posted by Tootsie Plunkette:
Never heard of the guy, but from this site he sounds like one of those guys who would say or do anything to promote a film. You know the type. In the past, we've even had people sign up here and ask questions about some upcoming film, in a thinly-disguised way of generating interest.

Actually I do. I got a few friends who work for Columbia and they have plenty of stories of certain promenant film people, but that's a different story. [Smile]

I asked mainly because I found it hard to believe such a site would exist, at least a serious site. But you never know, there's alot of disturbing stuff out there, so I thought I'd ask to see if there was any truth to it.


BTW I wasn't trying to get any excitement over the film or to promote it, just curious if there was any truth to the story, that's all. [Smile]

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Originally posted by KidIcarus:
Hey guys, first time poster here. I recently saw the commercials for the horror flick Hostel. It claims it was based on actual events. Director Eli Roth (so the story goes) was online and discovered a website (I think it was Thai) were you could pay to kill someone. My question is, do such websites where you could pay an amount of money to kill a person actually exist?

Well, the trailer says Hostel is "inspired by real events." That's not even "based on real events," which, to me, is still a pretty tenuous link to any sort of reality.

The movie's IMDB entry states that Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino found a website that promised torture vacations, but neither of them bothered to find out if it was a real site.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0450278/

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If there was such a site, it most likely would show actors being killed if a request was made. Real enough for sickos, but not really real, like fake snuff films. I think if there were a site like that and it made money without any problems, we would see a lot more popping up, or at least hear more about them.

ETA that this is just MHO.

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MisterGrey
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Roth and Tarantino were on some morning talk show. Roth said that he found a site, and later showed it to Tarantino, where supposedly you could pay x dollars to go into a room and shoot someone. Supposedly this operation was being run out of Thailand. Roth and Tarantino doubted it was real, but the idea sparked their interest. Note that the page they found involved shooting someone, not torturing them; that was Tarantino and Roth's invention (I gathered, from the interview, that Tarantino was more involved in the writing process than the film's promotional material is crediting him for).
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I'mquite interested in seeing this movie. I'm quite a big fan of horror movies but haven't seen any of the recent horror movies cause they seem too lightweight or whatever. But, I'm quite intrigued to see Hostel, just to see what the hype is. I don't really know if it's based or inspired by actual events. Haven't seen that in the trailers.

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Sites like that are probably for amusement purposes only, like websites such as "Hunting for Bambi", "Bonsai Kitten", "Ron's Angels" or "Landover Baptist". Granted, I have never seen the website that Eli Roth visited, but I would think that if such a business existed, it would not be easily found on the Internet by Harry Knowles (unless someone else sent Knowles the link). Chances are that a website advertising a genuine "murder vacation" for $10,000 would have its address given out in secret to a select few "trusted" individuals, with a password code and what not, because of the fear that someone would report it to the proper authorities.

Roth said that the website "claimed that in Thailand the practice was perfectly legal, as the victims were participating of their own free will," and "[t]hey were desolate, poverty-stricken people whose families were starving to death. By way of their self-sacrifice, they would make enough money for their loved ones to survive." I doubt a real website would try to sell any potential killers a sob story to make their consciences feel better. [Roll Eyes]

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I don't mean to un-UL gossip about a movie, but I thought this movie was remake about "based on true events" killers (I think a family of them?) in Australia. Is that something else that hasn't come out yet?

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I think TrishDaDish is referring to Wolf Creek
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I seem to have two or three different movies in mind. Wolf Creek is one of them, but I was also screwing up Wolf Creek as a remake of The Hills Have Eyes.

We now return you to the discussion on Hostel...

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Link to interview with Eli Roth
If the link stops working, I will try to find another. This is from the January 5 episode of Attack of the Show on G4TV (firmerly "Tech TV". I watched the interview when it was on and he does talk about the origin of the movie.

ETA- you will probably have to sit through am advert before being able to view the clip...sorry ahead of time [Big Grin]

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It seems like Hostel is using every trick in the book to promote their film, including the elusive "based/inspired on real events". Of course, their commercials warn us that paramedics had to be called in for preview screenings. Like I've never heard that one before...
[Roll Eyes]
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Blair Witch anyone? I mean, if it says it's true, it must be, right?

"Paramedics had to be called..." Puh-leez. I know of a haunted house where people go in, but don't come out. My friend's cousin went to it last halloween and when he came out his hair had turned white! And his friend came out babbling! It was so scary it drove him crazy!!!111!!!eleventy one!!!

Not trying to sound snarky, but if you buy that I've got a beach house in Arizona that's for sale.

Okay, so maybe someone with a pre-existing health problem had a problem and they had to call an ambulance, and the promotors decided to capitalize on the poor person's unfortunate problem. That I'd buy. But paramedics called because of the movie? Right.

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quote:
Originally posted by Silver Ice:


Roth said that the website "claimed that in Thailand the practice was perfectly legal, as the victims were participating of their own free will," and "[t]hey were desolate, poverty-stricken people whose families were starving to death. By way of their self-sacrifice, they would make enough money for their loved ones to survive." I doubt a real website would try to sell any potential killers a sob story to make their consciences feel better. [Roll Eyes]

Gah, this film was done already with Johnny Depp:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118768/plotsummary

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TrishDaDish
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And some of will never see Depp's movie. [Frown] I don't know the exact reason, but I recall reading somewhere (Entertainment Weekly, I think) that Depp refuses to have it released in the U.S. (Neither in theaters or on video.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Lindiglo:
It seems like Hostel is using every trick in the book to promote their film, including the elusive "based/inspired on real events". Of course, their commercials warn us that paramedics had to be called in for preview screenings. Like I've never heard that one before...
[Roll Eyes]
Lindi

Considering that Tarantino and Roth both like to pay tribute to the movies they enjoy, I was thinking that the paramedics ploy was a nod to the older movies that did that sort of thing. I never thought it was meant seriously.

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