Hostel is a 2005 American slasher film written and directed by Eli Roth. It stars Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eyþór Guðjónsson, and Barbara Nedeljáková. Eli Roth, Mike Fleiss, and Chris Briggs produced it. It is the first installment of the Hostel trilogy, followed by Hostel: Part 2 and Hostel: Part III. A mysterious organization that tortures and kills kidnapped tourists preys upon three friends traveling across Europe.