So I had a little time on my hands last night and (still being on graveyard shift time) I watched a little Cable TV. You know, those cable movie channels like Showtime that show movies I've never heard of, over and over again? Well, they were showing this movie called HOSTEL on two of the channels. I started watching not having a clue as to what this was about or what I was in for. By the time it was over I felt I needed to shower. I looked this flick up on the 'Net and to my surprise it was a worldwide smash hit! It grossed 20 million the first week in the USA. Never heard of it before. It was so violent and degrading to the human spirit I couldn't understand the message (if any). Was it that Americans are so stupid they deserved to be slaughtered? Or was it that middle Europe is so degraded that they would slay people for money? Not one minute of joy or anything life affirming in the entire movie. Quentin Tarantino probably loves it. Sigh. Maybe I'm just old fashioned but I can't see the reason for the existence of this movie.