Hostel: Part II

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For all its jokey, fanboy indulgences, Eli Roth’s original slaughterhouse satire did achieve a bleak, visceral intensity. In this boring, blood-drenched sequel, three female American backpackers – party girl Whitney (Bijou Phillips), naive nerd Lorna (Heather Matarazzo) and sensible heiress Beth (Lauren German) – are lured to the same Slovakian torture factory, where flesh-ripping power-tools and Countess Báthory-style blood-baths await them. Meanwhile, a mobile phone auction, complete with photos of the potential victims, attracts wealthy clients who are jaded thrill-seeking sadists with an appetite for human flesh – literally so in the case of ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ director Ruggero Deodato’s lip-smacking cameo.

Once again, Roth is torn between two conflicting impulses: a sly subversion of our worst expectations and an adolescent delight in taboo-breaking. So, on the one hand we have an ‘equal opportunities’ policy that admits women-torturers, and on the other we have the callous killing of children. The female victims are less convincingly drawn than their fleshed-out male abusers – boorish braggart Todd (Richard Burgi) and wimpy wife-hater Stuart (Roger Bart) – although neither man conforms to type. Roth constantly emphasises the Elite Club members’ abuse of money and power, and indeed we identify masochistically with the victims’ suffering rather than the torturers’ sadistic pleasure. Yet there is nothing here that intelligently explores, still less justifies, the writer-director’s dubious assertion that ‘everybody has some side of them that wants to control or abuse another person.’ Although this slow, opportunistic sequel is better written and directed than its predecessor, Roth still talks a better film than he makes. He needs to jettison the geeky in-jokes, grow up and move on.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday June 29 2007
Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Eli Roth
Screenwriter: Eli Roth
Cast: Milan Knazko
Roger Bart
Lauren German
Jay Hernandez
Bijou Phillips
Vera Jordanova
Heather Matarazzo
Stanislav Ianevski
Richard Burgi

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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mr.mike

Decent as a rental or pay-per-view. True gorehounds may be somewhat disappointed.

Rob Cordiner

Sequel ? Better than the 1st....? Not a hope in HELL !!! U started as you did in all your movies... Brilliant ! Hollywood has now taken over.

Rob Cordiner

Wot a load of Americanized CRAP ! Cencored gore, cheap theatrics, cheaper actors/actressess and worst of all, A slap in the face for Tarantino movie fans !!! How dare you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anon..

the film was grusome and gory, but the plot wasnt as good as the first, bits of it was predictable. but my boyfriend wanted more gore.. not bad, but could be better.

Anita

amazing, gruesome and gourey luved it it was 1 of da best films i have ever seen in my whole life, really brill i would defo recommend it 2 anyone between 18 and 30 its ace! xxxx

Anita

amazing, gruesome and gourey luved it it was 1 of da best films i have ever seen in my whole life, really brill i would defo recommend it 2 anyone between 18 and 30 its ace! xxxx

kelly swansea

eeeerrrrgggghhh!!! if u love blood guts and all that messy stuff go for it!!! my boyfriend loved it i wanted to curl up under my quilt!!!

ELLZ

O MY GGGGOOOOOODDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FRIGHTFULLY SCARY ND GRUSOME IN 1 GO WACTH IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!XX