The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures

I felt like something different, so chose this from my “Watch later” list on YouTube.

This is a 1976 Brazilian horror film that is not really horror, but just plain bizarre mostly.

The story involves a hostel that a mysterious guy in a bowler hat (played by the director) runs, and he seems to have some kind of power over his guests. During a stormy night he allows some guests to stay at his hostel, while turning others away for no apparent reason. Actually, I will copy the description from Wikipedia, it does a better job of explaining the plot;

The film opens with a surreal sequence of dancing women, monkey-like figures fearing lightning, and native Brazilian drummers. An old man begins chanting over a closed coffin. The coffin opens and a man rises. He appears with a top hat, cape, and long fingernails.

In an isolated inn called “Hospedaria dos Prazeres” (Hostel of Pleasures), the mysterious proprietor advertises for employees to serve his guests while they stay the night of a tempestuous storm. As the storm gathers and night falls, various people begin to show up. The proprietor (Marins) allows some to stay while informing others that there are no vacancies, to their obvious displeasure because of the severity of the storm. A wealthy patron who is turned away vows to get the police. The guest book is already filled with the names of the permitted guests before they arrive; they include a group of drunken and promiscuous bohemian motorcyclists, an adulterous couple, a suicidal man, an amorous couple, a group of thieves who just finished a robbery, and some gambling businessmen preparing a deal to bankrupt a competitor. The number of guests is twelve.

As the night passes, the guests continue with their assorted activities. In the early morning, they all notice that their watches all display midnight and wonder how time has stopped. When they question the proprietor, they are all presented with gruesome scenes of their dead bodies, revealing that their deaths occurred prior to midnight in the storm. The motorcyclists are shown as dead and mutilated victims of a massive drunk-driving accident. The thieves are shown shot dead by police after the robbery. The corrupt businessmen are charred victims of arson. The proprietor informs them that the clocks all turning to midnight was part of their eternal torment, as the absence of time is one of the key aspects of their punishment. The proprietor then warns the guest not to anger him, as it would unleash his dark side (the Coffin Joe-esque figure scene at the start of the film).

The scene switches to daytime, and the wealthy man returns to the site of the hostel with the police. Rather than the hostel, there is a cemetery with a funeral in progress. Laughing off the incident as confusion, the man and police leave. The coffin is the same from which the hostel proprietor rises at the beginning of the film. The movie itself ends with the proprietor walking in the graveyard. He ultimately turns to the camera as the image shifts quickly to a skull wearing the same hat as the proprietor. As blood flows from the empty eye sockets, the film ends.

Crudely made stuff here, with random sounds thrown in, random images, and random acting. Some scenes were just repeated over and over, and a lot of it didn’t make any sense at all. It didn’t help that I was getting sleepy while watching it. One or two beers may have helped.

Not worth watching really, just watch anything David Lynch instead.

Date watched: December 22nd
Score: 2/10
Film count 2016: 199


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