Government officials in Slovakia have expressed their concern that new backpacker horror movie HOSTEL makes their country appear dangerous.

The ELI ROTH-directed movie, which shows three travellers heading to a Slovakian city and falling prey to a brutal torture ring, has caused outrage among the country's politicians, who feel it will tarnish their nation's reputation.

Member of Parliament TOMAS GALBAVY says, "I am offended by this film.

"I think that all Slovaks should feel offended."

Galbavy called Hostel, which was shot in the neighbouring Czech Republic, "a monstrosity that does not at all reflect reality" and added it would "damage the good reputation of Slovakia".

Slovak culture minister Linda Heldichova adds, "We are unanimous in saying that this film damages the image of our country."

But director Roth insists his aim in making the film was not to offend Slovakians but to highlight the ignorance of US cinema-goers.

He says, "Americans do not even know that this country exists.

"My film is not a geographical work but aims to show Americans' ignorance of the world around them."