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Hostel has no redeeming value, Saw at least is a good mystery.
Saw was original and entertaining. Hostel was over the top and disgusting, and a little entertaining.
This is close. Saw has more mystery and suspense, but for some reason I was more entertained by Hostel. I remember seeing Hostel in the theater and the audience clapping at certain points. I seemed to care more about the people that were involved in Hostel than I did the two guys in Saw.
I enjoy the surprisingly thought-provoking brutality of the second half of Hostel, but the first half is almost a nigh-unwatchable parade of half-naked girls and idiotic behavior. Saw, however, is excellent all the way through, full of clever set pieces, unexpected twists and turns, a killer ending, and an artful hand behind the camera. Not to mention its message is just as valid, and delivered in a much more effective way.
Hostel, simply because it's the more fun of the two and it's got a sense of humor. Saw's too dry for it's own good, I think, or it hold's back too much or something. I dunno. Hostel's not perfect, but put 'em in front of me and ask me to choose - it's Hostel, baby. Love James Wan, though.
Saw, by far and away. Must say, I enjoyed both a ton though...
Saw. No question.
Outrageous concepts with dreadful execution. Not enough thematic depth to justify the sick sadism. In spite of all that, I kinda enjoyed Hostel's half-assed critique of modern consumerism. I can't help but laugh at Saw after Scary Movie 4.
Hostel isn't a good movie, but it was creepy, sick, and entertaining. Saw felt like amateur shit.