Monday, March 21, 2011

Hostel: Part 2 (2007)

Another three students that are traveling abroad decide to make a detour to Slovakia for a week of fun and partying, but this group of girls will soon become the next victims of an underground hunting organization that specializes in human torture! Conceptually, HOSTEL: PART 2 was the perfect direction for Eli Roth to take the series, since it fully exposes the inner workings of the Elite Hunting Group by bringing the audience up close and personal with two of its members. While this portion of the film is pulled off to some degree, the half involving the girls and their struggle to survive falls completely flat. Unlike the guys in the original, Lauren German and Bijou Phillips are emotionally distant from their roles, and their acting is far more apparent. It feels every bit like a rushed production that falls back on repetitive storytelling techniques with less interesting characters. Even the worn and washed out appearance looks like it was shot on cut-rate film stock. The biggest disappointments come as the plainly obvious twists in the end that are repeatedly alluded to throughout the entire picture. With HOSTEL: PART 2, it seems as though Roth was forced to sequelize against his will, and it shows. One can only hope that the series ends here before the idea is beaten to a pulp like with the SAW franchise.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.

13 comments:

  1. Yeah, let's hope that they salvage this before it gets terrible. Oh wait...

    As far as Roth making a sequel, he talked all about this in the promotion. He basically tried to say that most sequels suck, but his was good. So much for passing the blame.

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  2. it was not disturbing, i didn't care for the first one. not for the scare, but the unnecessary gore want a be

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  3. I like both of them but I'm a little more partial to part 2. I like the characters more and the background on Elite Hunting.

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  4. I'm a little on the opposition side of this one, Carl. I actually liked (actually, loved) the second one quite a bit and even more than the first one. I like the full on strength of Lauren German's character, and I love looking at Bijou Phillips!

    Technically, I think Roth really showed growth with certain moments in this film over his previous ones, specifically with the hot water springs scene, and the musical montage which is pretty fantastic. I do, however, think that the focus on the two male characters gave the film a great amount of depth to a world that was introduced in the first film. I love that sequence when all of the people are bidding on the girls in various places...pretty creepy them rich people!

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  5. I just cant stand either of the girls in the second, I thought Bijou was just awful and Lauren didn't ever feel believable to me. I agree on the technical standpoint, but the cinematography just looks like garbage to me. I dont know if the film was over or under exposed, it just looks so faded? The background behind the organization is the only thing that really holds up in my opinion, and it was a brilliant decision on Eli's part to take the story from that angle.

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  6. I thought I was in the minority, but I, too, thought this one totally eclipsed the first movie in every way. One of the best horror films I had seen at the time and wonderful ambiance in the Euro locales.

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  7. Now its looking like I am lol.. I dont mind it though, I have seen the film four times and I still dislike it greatly.

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  8. I heard a lot of bad press about this one before seeing, but I was amazed at how good it was. Roth had truly "matured" from the first movie, at least in my eyes. I notice he gets/got a lot of fan backlash for something or other. I must have missed something?

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  9. If there was a backlash, I was wholly unaware of it, but I think the camp is pretty evenly split between the first and second films. Perhaps if there werent so many references to how rich Lauren's character was I might have been more forgiving?

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  10. I think it had to do with some egocentric things he said about horror fans or something? Don't quote me as I am not sure. What little behind the scenes stuff I've seen with him he seems friendly enough I suppose. Hell, I wish I was where he is right now, lol.

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  11. He stole me seat at Fangoria 2006, I let him have it for a picture though. Eli is totally fan friendly, but you almost have to have an egotism about you to be a successful director.

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  12. I thought this worked almost as an over the top comedy compared to the original. I loved them showing the other side of the coin. Especially the online auction bit.

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  13. I actually went to see this at the cinema because I was convinced that nobody could make a film that was worse than the first HOSTEL. Imagine my stunned amazement when Eli Roth did just that. For this reason I now admire Roth greatly.

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