Hostel: Part II – USA, 2007

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Hostel: Part II is a 2007 American horror feature film written and directed by Eli Roth, and the sequel to his 2005 film Hostel.

The movie stars Lauren German, Roger Bart, Heather Matarazzo and Bijou Phillips. Director Eli Roth, his brother Gabriel, and co-producer Dan Fisner make cameo appearances as heads on sticks.

Italian director Ruggero Deodato (Last Cannibal World; Cannibal Holocaust) makes an appearance as a cannibalistic client and cult actress Edwige Fenech (The Case of the Bloody Iris) also has a small role as an Art professor.

While studying art in Rome for the summer, three young American women, Beth (Lauren German), Lorna (Heather Matarazzo) and Whitney (Bijou Phillips) are lured away to a Slovakian hostel by the beautiful Eastern European model from their life drawing class.

What they find there is a living hell as they are forced into servitude by an exclusive club that sells them off to the highest bidder, a sick and depraved psychopath who tortures them in all kinds of unthinkable ways and gets his kicks from watching the young women die a slow and painful death…

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The film was released on June 8, 2007 in the United States. Like its predecessor, the film is set in Slovakia and focuses on a facility in which rich clients pay to torture and kill kidnapped victims. Hostel: Part II performed poorly at the box office totalling just $17 million by the end of its theatrical run whereas the original made $19 million in its opening weekend alone.

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A less contentious direct-to-DVD release set in Las Vegas, Hostel: Part III followed in late 2011.

Unbelievably, on October 8, 2007, the film was cited in the British House of Commons as an example where stills from the film could be illegal to possess under a proposed law to criminalise possession of extreme imagery. Conservative MP Charles Walker claimed that although he had never seen the film, he was “assured by trusted sources” that “from beginning to end it depicts obscene, misogynistic acts of brutality against women”.

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Eli Roth and Italian director Ruggero Deodato

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Reviews:

“Roth is way ahead of the game, giving us only one major drawn out damsel in distress sequence. The rest of the time, events happen off screen, or within a unique twist on the aggressor/victim paradigm. Indeed, all of Hostel Part II is about bucking trends. Don’t listen to the message boards that lament that this is more of the same thing. It’s not.” Pop Matters

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Eli Roth with actor Edwige Fenech

“While the film suffers from many of the same flaws as its predecessor – poor character development, predictability and playing to clichés this second film is more entertaining than the one that came before it. It moves at a much faster pace and three women victims in the picture are slightly more likeable than the male victims in the original were.” Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!

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“Whether intentional or not, the violence is sexual in nature, all full of molestation and terrible, horrible, no-good very-bad things—themes not present in the original Hostel. Nasty business indeed, and frankly, it makes the film difficult to enjoy.” Adam Arseneau, DVD Verdict

” …a mostly conventional but better sequel featuring much less annoying women as both victims and killers, with similar minimal gore but plenty of psychological nastiness, and with a neat payoff at the end after an hour of dull unsurprising horror.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

Cast and characters:

  • Lauren German … Beth
  • Roger Bart … Stuart
  • Heather Matarazzo … Lorna
  • Bijou Phillips … Whitney
  • Richard Burgi … Todd
  • Vera Jordanova … Axelle
  • Jay Hernandez … Paxton
  • Jordan Ladd … Stephanie
  • Milan Knazko … Sasha
  • Edwige Fenech … Art Class Professor
  • Stanislav Yanevski … Miroslav
  • Patrik Zigo … Bubblegum Gang Leader
  • Zuzana Geislerová … Inya
  • Ivan Furak … Big Guard
  • Monika Malácová … Mrs. Bathory

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