Turistas

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20th Century Fox Released 2006

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Director:
John Stockwell
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Turistas is the terrifying 2006 horror thriller that warns of getting off the beaten track in another country, from actor turned director John Stockwell (Christine, Crazy/Beautiful, Blue Crush). The film is set in Brazil, centering on tourists from different countries who are on a bus in its remote jungles. The driver swerves to avoid some pedestrians and ends up dangling the bus on the side of a cliff an all the passengers get off safely before the bus rolls over the edge. A replacement bus won't arrive for at least ten hours so a large group of young friends make their way down to a nearby beach and small town. They wake up the following morning having been robbed of everything they had. Heading into the small town seeking help, a local man named Kiko (Agles Steib) says they can take shelter at his uncle's house deep in the jungle. However, once they are there, the friends discover it's a trap to lure them out into the middle of nowhere so a surgeon can remove their bodily organs and sell them on the black-market...moreless

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  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Turistas seeks to exploit the current craze for torture-porn, but it lacks the relentless sadism of the "Saw" franchise. More than half the movie is dull buildup.

  • 40

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    The "Hostel" similarities may strike some as too close for comfort, not only in plot outline but also in general mix of xenophobia, sexploitation, sadism and gore.

  • 20

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    A grubby, lethally dull bid to cash in on the new extreme horror, the film turns on a conceit as frayed as Freddy Krueger's shtick.

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    Drama, Horror, Suspense

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