Hostel: Part Two *1/2
Directed by Eli Roth
Rated R for sadistic scenes of torture and bloody violence, terror, nudity, sexual content, language and some drug content.
The current trend of horror films mainly consisting of torture sequences and constant and pointless blood and gore continues with the ultimate pretentious director Eli Roth's newest installment in his "Hostel" series-although poor box office and one trick wonder story will clearly make this the finale. The idea of "Hostel" is disturbing enough-a hell on Earth place where rich people pay to get the chance to kill an unsuspecting European tourist. And "Hostel" managed to have a few scares-even though the first forty five minutes is a pointless exercise in softcore pornography. But "Hostel Part II" is just more of the same-more of the same party sequences, more of the same torture sequences-and here Roth does not shy away from showing anything.
On the same trend as Tarantino and Rodriguez, Roth centers his tale around a group of women (for some reason all three of them have this newfound fetish for strong women characters-or just bloody women characters.) There is the kind Beth, the slutty Whitney, and the nerdy Lorna (and you could probably guess which is the first to go.) They come into contact with the beautiful Axelle who is really working for this hostel-kidnap the three girls and hand them over to American businessmen Stuart and Todd. Todd is pumped for the kill, but Stuart is having serious doubts. It was somewhat clever of Roth to get us into the mind of the killers instead of just having them come out when its time for the kill, but the late development "plot twists" were seen coming a mile away, and while the very last shot is darkly hilarious (much like the ending to Roth's great "Cabin Fever") the torture scenes are just more of the same. I can't take this trend anymore ,and its clear that a lot of people feel the same. "Hostel Part II" is mainly just sick on one level, and more of the same on the second-but then again the first film did not exactly set the bar that high.