Hostel Part II - Unseen Edition  [DVD]
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Presented by Quentin Tarantino (Hostel, Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2) and written and directed by Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever), Hostel Part II is the shocking and gruesome sequel of the underground torture ring where rich businessmen pay to torture and murder their victims. The second installment to this terrifying franchise centers around three young American women (Lauren German, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) (Bijou Phillips, Bully), and (Heather Matarazzo, Welcome to the Dollhouse) who are studying in Rome. A gorgeous, sophisticated European acquaintance invites the trio to join her for a weekend getaway at an exotic natural spa, assuring them they will be able to relax, rejuvenate and bond. The girls find themselves in Slovakia and check into the ill-fated Hostel, where they are poised to become victims for auction, pawns in the fantasies of the sick and privileged from around the world who secretly travel there to savor more grisly pursuits.
The inevitable sequel to one of the decades most intriguing and well-made horror films, Hostel Part II, as the title implies, picks up pretty much where the last film left off. And it doesnt take too long for the sequel to find the same groove that earned its predecessor so much attention.
The setting is once again an underground club, where people bid for the right to torture residents at the hostel of the title. Hostel Part II, however, lets us see events from the other perspective too, as we meet the wealthy businessmen who are availing themselves of the clubs services. Its a logical dynamic for the movie, and it does bring a fresh perspective to a film that does eventually settle down to a cavalcade of gore and shock.
As a director, Eli Roth has clearly improved since last time around, even if this time he too often succumbs to the temptation to show rather than imply, and Hostel Part II as a result feels a little less fresh and more uncomfortable than its predecessor. Yet its most certainly an unsettling piece of cinema, and one likely to find favour with Roths increasing fanbase.
A word of warning, though. Hostel Part II isnt shy about pulling its punches, and it very much justifies its 18 certificate. Its also a cut above many of its modern day contemporaries in the genre, even though it fails to measure up to part one. --Jon Foster
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The female victims are seen enticed into a short break at a Slovakian spa and the killers are seen as ordinary wealthy businessmen bidding in a online auction for their victim.
Though it is a little less gory and violent than the first film the killing seems far more potent as films improved character depth makes you more involved with both the killers and their victims.
Overall, if you liked the first Hostel film then this is a no-brainer and even if you didn't rate the first movie then this is well worth a look.
The problem with Hostel II is Roth's juvenile fascination with mutilating naked women isn't hidden behind a good idea anymore. Filmgoers are no longer shocked by the concept so Roth just tries to shock them with sickening violence. I understand that this is the ethos of the Grindhouse/exploitation movie but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice good dialogue and story. With a mentor like Quentin Tarantino and the resources of Takashi Miike you'd think Roth would have been embarrassed to release this rubbish and I'm very surprised Tarantino would allow his name to be associated with the film. While Roth undoubtedly shares Tarantino's vast knowledge of movies he just can't seem to implement their ideas in an original way and his films tend to disintegrate into mindless violence. There are some good scenes, the online auction to see which visiting sicko gets to torture which girl is inventive and the blood bath is visually well shot but apart from that Hostel II is a nasty vacuous movie with no substance.
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It must have been difficult to write as it was one of those situations where Roth was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. If he tried to be original and created something that was completely different to the first one, he would most likely alienate those who enjoyed the original. Then again, if he stuck to the original people would claim it’s just a rehash of the first.
It looks like he did the latter. Whereas ‘Part I’ had three lads holidaying in Slovakia and falling foul to a rather sick and twisted game the locals play, we have three young women in their place. And that’s where the first problem lies with many people. It seems that cinema audiences are quite okay with watching men getting ripped open and tortured for fun, but, when it comes to women, it is a little more unsettling. It certainly is harder to watch as the violence has naturally been cranked up in an attempt to ‘out-do’ the original (which was largely off-screen).
The plot may be – largely – the same, but there are a few reasonable little additions that have been thrown in there to try and ‘expand’ the Hostel universe. Most notable is the inclusion of introducing two men who actually enjoy killing people enough to bid on the rights to kill the girls.
However, not matter how the same or different the film is, the bottom line is that it does kind of graphically show torture and violence to young women which did – unsurprisingly – turn off a lot of people. I know it’s not real and it’s just a film, but this time round it is pretty strong stuff and you may wish you’d just stuck to the original. For die-hards only.
Hostel II kicks off with an opening sequence showing Paxton from the first film with his girlfriend suffering from nightmares waking up in a panic, and predictably the next morning he has had his head removed, later delivered to the Elite boss Sasha in a plain box . A rather weak opening in my view and unnecessary as well as unoriginal.
The story then moves to three female students whom after a holiday in Italy end up in Prague (surprise or not as is the case) We then get the usual check in routine at the local "hostel" where the three unsuspecting girls have booked into. The passports are scanned and uploaded so that "wealthy business clients" can then bid on the girl of their choice so they can "torture them" at their pleasure. If you're wondering if this is for the most part a pointless re-hash of the first film, but exchanging the male roles for female ones then ponder no more, it basically is just that.
I could wander more into the story but there are few diversions from the original formula, the cast is passable at best nothing outstanding but not too bad either. The real problem is the film simply copies the first film and adds almost nothing new so from the start of the hostel scene you pretty much know exactly what's coming next.
The ending also is rather cheesy too and adds very little to the concept or idea, not that there are any new ideas here. Honestly the first film wasn't to my taste, but for some it did explore the gore fest horror genre in a somewhat different way even if it made many feel rather uncomfortable, it wouldn't be unfair to say the Hostel appeal was really the shock/torture aspects and over the top gore. Simply re-running that a second time is even less convincing.
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I liked the fact we got to know some of the torturers as well as the victims. However it did seem to go on a bit with not a lot happening. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mr R P Smith
I really enjoyed the first movie: A fun, old fashioned 'Patriots in trouble' joint that echoed good time hits 'An American Werewolf in London' but where that showed its teeth with... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Matt Skidmore
The best of the three Hostel films, due to the best development of characters. Both the "clients" and the "victims" are better understood, and the plot therefore... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ozymandias
This 2007 horror slasher seemingly starts where number one left off -but it's not necessary to see that first. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Throda tzen
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