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Hostel Part II

A movie directed by Eli Roth

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Hostility is in the Air! Hostel Part II Delivers...

  • May 14, 2009
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There are horror movies and then there are movies that are there not to scare you, but to severely gross you out and show as much blood and gore as possible.  These are movies like the Saw films (which I loath) or any of the other "horror" films that have been coming out today, but the Hostel films, helmed by Eli Roth do more than that.  Both of Roths films have had a plot (for the most part) and that plot continues into the next film.

I really enjoyed the fact that it was a continuation of Hostel I because if it hadn't been, I think I would have had the same problem with the film as I do the Saw films.  We start the film with Paxton having nightmare about the events that transpired in the original film...only to later that day have his head chopped off.  Roth also did a fine casting job with Lauren German as Beth.  She isn't just some dumb blond who you know is going to be killed no matter how much she struggles.  Instead we have a woman who happens to be one of the richest people in the world who is also really smart, an advantage she later uses to attempt her escape.

At the risk of sounding like a very screwed up person, my favorite scene in this movie was when Lorna (the geeky girl played by Heather Matarazzo) was being tortured and subsequently killed.  Obviously I don't get a kick out of watching people be tortured like this, but in the film it was a very artistic scene.  Lorna is hanging nude over what looks like it could be a hot tub with candles all around it in this otherwise bleak empty warehouse room.  A woman then proceeds to walk into the room and disrobe, taking her place in the "hot tub" which by the way is empty.  In the hot tub is a scythe (the weapon of the Grim Reaper) and the woman starts to cut into Lornas back with it, letting the blood drip and then spill onto here shortly before slitting her throat.  The scene was just shot beautifully with the lighting and even though it was gross, there was something very sexy about it, like in a vampire film.  The other reason that this scene is so great was because it was something different.  Usually, these people are just put into torture rooms and that's the end of it, but Roth went with something unique here.

Believe it or not, this film also had a great score by Nathan Barr who I have never even heard of.  What was so great about this score was that it completely set the mood for the film.  You know bad things are going to happen and the music lets you know that throughout the whole film, even if something good is happening.  During the scenes were the two men were going into their separate torture rooms, Barr used a great chorus for the scene which I thought was pretty neat.

The only problem I really had with Hostel II was its length.  I thought it could have been a touch longer.  It seemed to go by very quickly.  I also can't stand the actor Ricahrd Burgi who plays the tough guy who ends up being the not so tough guy who then gets eaten by a pair of dogs.  I don't know if I would have spent ten bucks to go see it, but it was on Showtime and I enjoyed watching it on my television.  Great plot for a gore film and great camera work as well, 3/5!
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review by . February 13, 2012
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Starring Lauren German, Roger Bart, Heather Matarazzo, Bijou Phillips
Directed by Eli Roth
Writer: Eli Roth
Sequel to Hostel

With only one film under his belt and the endorsement of Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth became a virtual horror brand with HOSTEL (2005), a yarn about a group of thrill-seeking American college dudes backpacking through Europe, only to be seduced into a Slovakian money-for-torture ring where they become the prey. The sequel begins right where that film left off, filling us in on the whereabouts of lone survivor Paxton (Jay Hernandez)---but before long, we see that gender roles are reversed and we are traveling with sensible Beth (Lauren German), hedonistic Whitney (Bijou Phillips), and virginal Lorna (Heather Matarazzo). After tussling with a gaggle of shifty men on a train, they meet Axelle (Vera Jordanova), a gorgeous woman who persuades them to follow her to a rejuvenating spa in Slovakia. <br> <br> As the trio checks into the same infamous hostel, Roth shows us the inner workings of the previously mysterious torture club. Once the girls are put up on the auction block, online bidding begins among the c...
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