is a fictional crime organisation in the horror films Hostel, and
it is essentially a murder for profit business. It offers rich,
sadistic businessmen and women the opportunity to tirture and kill
backpackers/students who stay at a hostel in Slovakia.
In the actual
films little detail is revealed about the origins of this organisation
- although commentaries suggest
that the organization was actually created by the Russian
Mafia, which inserted itself into the
Slovakian village and secretly intimidated or purchased the local authorities
and purchased the derelict factory as its primary facility.
Several hints in Hostel support Elite Hunting's ties to Russian
organized crime, specifically their business card, which contains the email
address firstname.lastname@example.org, linking it to a Russian web domain.
Hostel: Part II however shows several organization members speaking
Slovak, hinting at the organization's alleged local origins. Furthermore, the Russian Mafia is known to have several offshoots in Eastern
The motives for the establishment of Elite Hunting rely mostly on
speculation, mostly stemming from the organization catering to a select
clientele who seek an exotic service traditionally unavailable in the western
world. Similar justifications can be given for a number of other criminal
organizations that specialize in slavery, contract murder, prostitution,
bootlegging, illegal drugs, weapons or pornography. As established in both
Hostel and Hostel: Part II, Elite Hunting's trade is extremely
Hostel: Part II also
introduces the character of Sasha, who by all accounts is the alleged
founder and highest ranking member of Elite Hunting. Axelle says he
operates an auction business, whereby he auctions people to be tortured and
murdered. Sasha is wealthy, living in a beautiful villa in a wooded part of the
Slovakian village and is respected figure in the community, either through his
popularity or the inherent fear the villagers have for him and his organization.
Sasha owns two bloodhounds, who serve as part of the Elite Hunting logo and as
the model for the countless bloodhound statues that adorn his villa, hinting at
his possible involvement in the establishment of Elite Hunting. Sasha's
relationship to the Russian mafia remains undeclared, though it's speculated
that he is either a member or a business associate of the group.