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Overall Rating
2.48

Awesome: 3.08%
Worth A Look: 18.46%
Average: 20%
Pretty Bad40%
Total Crap: 18.46%

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Hostel: Part 2
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by William Goss

"The First Cut Was The Deepest"
3 stars

What do you do when your tale of three male backpackers who become torture fodder in the course of their travels abroad grosses over ten times its budget? Easy: you swap some chromosomes and hope those shelling out for seconds arenít too picky when it comes to reheated horror.

Three gals taking art classes in Rome Ė independent Beth (Lauren German), party girl Whitney (Bijou Phillips), and meek Lorna (Heather Matarazzo) Ė find themselves lured to a Slovakian spa and subsequently the infamous hostel. Meanwhile, two middle-aged American businessmen Ė one skeptical (Roger Bart), the other psyched (Richard Burgi) Ė make their way overseas to pay good money for the opportunity to stick it to their nubile victims.

Itís hard not to feel the strain as writer/director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, the original Hostel) tries to not make his protagonists too slutty or too stupid in their behavior, as if it matters just how vulnerable or asking for it these women are. Chances are, those going into Hostel: Part II know what awaits them, and all the character development in the world isnít going to stop them for drooling at the sight of flesh wounds and the like.

Sure enough, itís damn near precisely halfway in when the shit hits the scythe, in a particularly gruesome evisceration scene that quickly demonstrates exactly why this sequel canít work: there is no suspense to the situation. Squirms and shocks galore, sure, but no tension, leaving oneís bloodlust and patience to grind against one another in the interim. We get the various details behind the operation Ė the bidding, the contracts, the tattoos, and so on Ė but that only removes any mystique about the scale of it from the first film. (Itís worth noting that the set design in particular is impressively convincing, and itís a nice touch that the dungeons seem to have undertaken more elaborate security measures, perhaps in the wake of the previous film's escapee. Itís the little things.)

Otherwise, the hack-and-slash game plays out, with viscera aplenty but little effect outside of kneejerk wincing. Matarazzo returns to her role as Hollywoodís perpetual loser (thanks for nothing, Solondz), German makes good on the arguably biggest character arc around (perhaps the only one), and as the token blonde, Phillips leave next to no impression (no wonder itís her death weíre coyly deprived of by Roth, undoubtedly grinning from behind the camera). Bart and Burgi do sell us on some unlikely changes of heart, even when a pair of third-act role reversals comes as little surprise. If nothing else, Hostel provides a relatively convincing case for guys to never again refer to a woman by a certain c-word.

About midway through the film, when both the guys and the girls mix it up at a local fair, an ongoing puppet show features a masked man taking an axe to a cowering blonde, while a juvenile crowd giggles on. Meanwhile, I sit in the back row of the sparsely attended Friday afternoon screening, while the heartiest reactions echo back from the very front rows. And who says life doesnít imitate art?

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell torture porn trash 1 stars
8/07/14 David Hollingsworth Eli Roth is the modern Argento! 4 stars
9/25/13 David Hollingsworth Another great Eli Roth bloody outing. 4 stars
12/13/10 tooktheredpill the train scene, the blood shower and the flesheater 4 stars
2/25/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess There is plenty of gore, but it's most effective as a really disturbing charactor study 4 stars
5/05/09 Luisa I typically don't like gore flicks, but this is actually entertaining. 3 stars
10/28/08 Sugarfoot This must be our just desserts for the Friday The 13th series that we made popular. 1 stars
8/18/08 Vincent a let down 2 stars
5/22/08 Tabitha Rabisa as far as gore plus content, this one has NOTHING on the SAW movies! 2 stars
4/25/08 Dennis Frierson Sequels tend to leave a lot desired 2 stars
3/28/08 EY A decent movie. 3 stars
3/18/08 Wes Eli is keepin it Fun! 4 stars
3/10/08 Jayme Isaacs I Loved The Movie Really Gory 5 stars
3/03/08 ladavies Not half as good as Hostel, please don't make any more 2 stars
3/01/08 David Pollastrini excellent gore! 4 stars
2/11/08 Mark Another great Eli Roth! 5 stars
2/09/08 Samantha P i gotta see this again, i love ridiculous amounts of gore! 4 stars
2/09/08 X Wang Predictable, gory - watch the first one instead 2 stars
12/30/07 mr.mike Decent pay-per-view fare. Gorehounds will be somewhat disappointed. 3 stars
12/17/07 Off2europe Not as great as the first one, but still good 4 stars
12/15/07 Pamela White typical gore and plot 2 stars
12/09/07 TreeTiger Just as fake and hollow as Eli Roths 24" specially manufactured devil dick... 2 stars
12/09/07 SamanthaP i love the gore, i love gore, hhaha, no eyegasm as before! 4 stars
12/06/07 Pamela White typical gore as Hostel 1 predictable 1 stars
11/30/07 Wes Fischer Blu-ray enhances the horror! 4 stars
11/26/07 reddye5 Not as good as the first one, but still better than Craven and Bay's remake crapfests 3 stars
11/25/07 David Pollastrini good gore! 4 stars
9/26/07 dude ssssshhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiitttt 1 stars
8/02/07 The Velcro Warlock Heather Matarazzo has scrumptious body&butt. Rather see her NOT getting slashed to death. 2 stars
7/15/07 chris not bad but not as good as hostel 1 3 stars
7/06/07 pete.chesworth lacked the impact and suspense of the first one 3 stars
6/10/07 Blizz Big shock, it sucks. The first one was ass, too, but this was even worse...if possible. 1 stars
6/09/07 Nick I loved Hostel...but this completely SUUUUUCCCCKKKED 1 stars
6/09/07 mike it sucked to be that nerdy girl! decent flick 4 stars
6/09/07 Ole Man Bourbon A sweet, breezy, heartwarming sleazefest 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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