By this reasoning, the entire United States should be absolutely furious over, well, roughly 90% of what Hollywood produces. The Slovaks need to calm down a little.
Better known to the outside world for their ice hockey players and stunning models, Slovaks are horror-struck that the smash-hit slasher film "Hostel" is giving them a bad name. . . .
Scenes of teens locked in a dungeon, tortured with chainsaws and blowtorches and sold to sadists have shocked this tiny, mainly Catholic, nation that is trying to lure tourists away from the beaten paths that lead to Prague, Budapest and Vienna. . . .
The film has yet to open in central Europe, but word of it has already spread to Slovakia, where radio and newspapers have blasted it, and Slovaks are puzzled and offended.
Taxi driver Julius Horvath saw a photo from the movie in a newspaper of a dog chewing a human bone.
"It's like something from a 1,000 years ago," he said. "Like Slovaks live in the jungle."
My Russian former neighbor, Crazy Ivan, took movies very seriously. He seemed deeply offended when I laughed at him (I really couldn't help it) for suggesting that James Bond movies might bear some connection to the real world. I had attributed this to Crazy Ivan's, er, craziness, but perhaps it's an Eastern European thing.