Via Jesus' General, TheVeep's review on IMDB of Hostel:
Not very realistic, 16 January 2006
Author: TheVeep from An Undisclosed Location
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I really wanted to like this movie, and I'll admit that parts of it excited me in a way that required me to shift the position of my popcorn, but the film lacked the realism I was told to expect. Men don't scream like that when they're subjected to pain approaching, but not equivalent to organ failure. Their screams are much more piercing and non-human in nature. And when a man is using a power drill to penetrate human flesh, he's thinking about something very different in his mind, thoughts that are physically expressed in a very noticeable manner if you know what I mean.
My wife tells me that it's art and that it's aimed a broad audience rather than simply at experts. I don't know about that. It seems to me that even the layman can sense when something isn't authentic.