Hostel Part III follows the same basic theme as its two predecessors whereby innocent people get caught up in sinister pay-per-kill business enterprises, and usually get tortured and slaughtered by some gory means.
The gore is nowhere near that of I and II though, and the acting falls well short of believable considering people are being tortured to death by their worst nightmares. But the real failure to provide suspense and shocks lies in the complete overlooking of the people who are paying to have people killed. The underlying chilling aspect of the previous two films was the convincing portrayal of seemingly normal people who would make on-line bids to buy people who they could torture. The scene of a smiling perfect family man breakfasting with his wife and kids while bidding on his laptop for a person he wants to kill gave real depth to the previous Hostel story. Scenes like this were a stand out feature of the previous films but this time we get nothing approaching that tension.
So with Hostel III there are no real storylines attached to the people who pay to kill, and we don't ever get to know their characters. Worse still though is that they only watch and never bloody their own hands, and in that respect the film has taken a major backward step and softened the impact between victim and killer which has been such a strong point previously. The glitzy LA setting adds nothing compared to the previous eastern European locations which offered mysteriously beautiful landscapes mixed with a feeling of brooding underlying danger.
There are no real shocks or memorable moments here, and for me it's a shame that a great opportunity to take the Hostel storyline to another level has been missed.
I actually watched this on demand but I'm assuming the DVD is the same.
I read a lot of the Amazon reviews before watching and almost didn't bother after the generally negative feedback.
However, it really is ok. Not great and not as gory as numbers 1 or 2 but ok. It is well made and the acting and screenplay are ok. I think the problem is that it doesn't compare well to the other two but if you ignore that, it stands up perfectly well on its own. So, you will probably enjoy it more if you haven't seen the others.
Personally, I am not a big fan of excessive gore in torture movies anyway. The more the better in slasher or zombie movies but that's probably just me. I almost gave it 4 stars but decided the ending let it down a bit.
Anyway, as another reviewer has said, the first 5 min or so are probably the best but don't let that put you off. After that, the real plot starts to unfold at a fair pace.
The basic story is about a well organised and world wide 'elite hunting club' that like to capture people and then torture them to death in imaginative ways. The club members place bets on things like what the victim will say when pleading for their life, how long they will last or how they will actually be killed.
Four friends go on a stag night to Vegas, decide they want something more exciting than a Casino and end up going to strange 'freaky' club. You can probably guess roughly what happens next. If you have seen either numbers 1 or 2 then you will have a pretty good idea already although I bet one or two things will still be a suprise.
There are a few bits that don't really make sense but they don't spoil the overall story.
My only real criticism of this film is that the ending seemed rushed, I think they could have easliy streched it out for another 10min (and then it would have got 4 stars).
I would say that if you are stuck for a horror movie to watch late on a Saturday night, Hostel 3 fits the bill nicely especially if you haven't already seen the others.
A backpacker walks into his new room to find a scantily clad blonde and her boyfriend still there and they offer him a drink but he has his own and shares with them. The couple pass out and are swiftly hauled out and the titles haven't even started yet! Enter Scott and Carter who are headed for Vegas where they meet up with their friends for Scott' bachelor party.
As the first friend disappears, they find themselves the subjects of a perverse game of torture, where members of the Elite Hunting Club are hosting a sadistic show for the wealthy clientele with them as the stars.
The horror actually starts much earlier than the other movies and at first is much more insinuated as you know what's coming and are simply waiting for it to happen, and when it does it's stomach churning! There are plenty of plot twists and the story diverges enough from the previous films to maintain the suspense.
Disc has play, audio [English, French, German, Italian and Spanish] with a host of subtitles including Arabic, scene selection and special features [basically just a commentary].
I actually found this to be slightly the better of the three having more of a storyline with dry humour and some nice twists, but it lacked the exotic mystery and danger of `Eastern Europe, whilst the characters tended to lack...well...character so you don't identify with them so much, yet easily give it a **** rating as a mix between `The Vacation' meets `Saw'.
on 5 January 2012
Hostel 1 and 2 benefited from being set in Eastern Europe, grey concrete and sinister people somehow setting the films apart from the very beginning.
Hostel 3, though, is much like many other horror films: a group of young guys on a bachelor party trip to Las Vegas meet a couple of girls. They think they're going off to a club, but end up in cells, prisoners of this "hunting club", a group of rich Americans who like to watch people die and place bets on exactly how and when it'll happen.
And so a few people are killed in various ways, only one of which is fairly gory (the others are either relatively ordinary, or in one case quite amazingly stupid). Tension ought to be building here, but for most of the film it really isn't: in part this is because most of the characters are unlikeable and you won't care what happens to them, but also in quite a few cases it's fairly obvious that the person you're watching is going to die, the only question is whether it's now or in 30 seconds time.
And the "twist" ending doesn't help, either, or at least it didn't for me - I found it totally unbelievable.
So should you ignore Hostel III completely? Well...
The first 5 minutes of the film were good. Not great, but good - I can't tell you why, but if you're a fan of the series you'll appreciate it.
One of the kills is quite gory. There are also one or two interesting twists in the second half of the movie. And as we get to the end there are moments where things do get quite gripping.
For most people, then, I'd say leave Hostel III alone. There are too many stupid moments, and those are the ones that will stick in your mind. But if you're a big fan of the series, and want to see what happens next, and you set your expectations just about as low as they can be, then there are also one or two moments you'll enjoy here. Not many, and not enough, but also it's not the total disaster that some others say.
on 12 November 2014
REVIEWED VERSION: 2012 Sony Pictures UK DVD
Director: Scott Spiegel
Cast: Kip Pardue, Thomas Kretschmann, Brian Hallisay, Sarah Habel, Zulay Henao, John Hensley, Kelly Thiebaud, Barry Livingston
Four guys go to Las Vegas for a bachelor party. They are approached by two escorts who invite them to a more private party in the bad part of town.
There they find themselves trapped in a torture show hosted by the Elite Hunting Club, who torture them to death, this time in front of an audience.
THE PROS & CONS
HOSTEL: PART III is a sequel that was bound to come, despite the negative box office success of HOSTEL: PART II.
HOSTEL 3 no longer takes place in Eastern Europe, but in Vegas instead. I preferred the Euro setting to this, but it is a change of scenery and sometimes that is necessary.
The idea with the "torture show" instead of the one on one torture chambers is a nice change as well, the audience applauding at the end of the kill has a nice touch to it LOL, scantily clad cocktail waitresses serving drinks during the torture show - hilarious.
Despite this being a direct to DVD release which really didn't need to undergo any MPAA censorship which means there are no limits, HOSTEL: PART III is rather tame compared to the previous parts. It is neither creepy, nor particularly shocking, there are no memorable kills like the Mrs. Bathory kill in HOSTEL: PART II. There isn't too much in the gore section to appease the torture porn fan base, either. Most of the rather few kills are not very graphical, some even cut away before the impact (WTF? An unrated torture porn cutting away???). Some of the effects look rather poor.
The acting is rather poor, average at best, lacking the strong leads of HOSTEL 1 & 2. The characters are not really likeable unlike in the previous entries.
Nothing special in the directing department either. Scott Spiegel is no Eli Roth. HOSTEL III lacks style, suspense and tension. It takes forever for this movie to get started, and when it does, it does not kick into gear. I found it boring for the most part, the few "surprises" it offers, especially the ending, are predictable.
HOSTEL 1 & 2 were excellent movies, absolutely worth watching. Skip Part 3 though, as it is rather disappointing and underwhelming in every respect that made the first two parts so great. It tried to go a slightly different way, it had a few good ideas, but the execution lacked.
Feature running time: 84:10 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 5.1, German 5.1, French 5.1, Italian 5.1, Spanish 5.1
Subtitles: English, English HoH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Arabic, Turkish.
Extras: Audio Commentary
Region: 2 / PAL
Picture quality: 3/5
Audio quality: 4/5
on 8 February 2015
I read the reviews, I thought it can't be that bad can it and it was. The film tried so hard to be in the same league as 1 & 2 and it failed to give me any kind of rush, the music was weak, the suspense was like my suspension on my car no existent. If you can purchase this film very very cheaply purchase it, don't pay full price for it.