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Genre: Horror / Director: Eli Roth / Actors: Jay Hernandez, Luc Merenda ... / DVD released 22 October, 2007 at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL

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      07.02.2010 01:51
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      ultimate torture

      Quentin Tarantino presents the 2nd installment..Hostel Part 2!
      This was written and directed by Eli Roth and was released in October 2007.

      *A bit about the film*

      3 American woman (Beth, Whitney & Lorna) are studying in Rome and are lured to hostel in Slovakia. From there, the womens details are uploaded onto a deadly system where rich people bid it out to have the opportunity to kill them! Unexpected twists and gruesome conclusions. If i say anymore i will give the game away.

      *Main Cast*

      Lauren German (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) plays Beth
      Heather Matarazzo (Scream 3) plays Lorna
      Bijou Phillips (CSI) plays Whitney

      *Other information*

      The film is certified 18 and is approx 2hrs 35mins long

      *My opinion*

      I loved this film even more than the 1st Hostel though i didnt think this would be possible! The acting was spot on from actors who are not A list stars though you know you recognise them for somewhere! The setting has an eerie feel about it and you always know when something scary is about to happen. From start to finish, this film had me on the edge of my seat and i still to the day find it totally weird when i bid on ebay for something as it reminds me of the rich guys bidding to torture someone! The torture is ongoing and despite having cringed at some of it, i loved every minute of it and would urge anyone to buy this!

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        4 stars because some of it was very disturbing

        Hostel: Part 2 is the 2007 horror sequel to the hugely successful 2005 film, Hostel. Again, this film is rated 18 due to the amount of blood, violence and gore and has a run time of 91 minutes. This sequel had a bigger budget of $10.2 million but it didn't do anywhere near as well financially, making nearly $36 million worldwide.

        Plot
        The movie opens with Paxton on a train then ending up in hospital where he has to answer questions from the local police, which ends in him brutally being killed. Luckily this is all a dream. Paxton is actually staying with his girlfriend quite far away from the city but after an argument about his problems, she finds his decapitated body in the kitchen. In a foreign city somewhere, Sasha, the head of the Elite Hunting company, receives a delivery of a wooden box, which his dogs are all over, leading the audience to believe that it is Paxton's head.

        In Italy, a group of art students, Beth, Whitney and Lorna, are studying and taking drawing classes. After their class they are supposed to be going to Prague but the nude model they were drawing convinces them all to go on a trip to a spa in Slovakia. When the four, including Axelle the model arrive, the desk clerk uploads their pictures onto an online auction website, ready for the sale to rich business men but it is Todd who wins the bids for Beth and Whitney for himself and a friend, Stuart.

        At the local 'Harvest Festival', Whitney lets slip to Lorna that Beth inherited a lot of money when she was younger. Beth meets Stuart at the festival but nothing much comes of their short conversation but it is Lorna, the shy and quiet one, who leaves with a local man on a boat. Beth and Whitney leave the party while Axelle agrees to stay behind and wait for Lorna to come back.

        The next day, Beth, Whitney and Axelle all go to the day spa, wondering what Lorna has been up to but she actually never comes back. Beth passes out at the spa but when she wakes up, a group of men are coming after her. Axelle and Sasha seem to save her but once she gets to Sasha's mansion, she realises that they are responsible for her missing friends as Whitney is also missing. Beth's worst nightmares come true when she is taken to the factory to be given to her highest bidder.

        Cast
        Lauren German as Beth Salinger
        Roger Bart as Stuart
        Bijou Phillips as Whitney Keye
        Heather Matarazzo as Lorna Weisenfreund
        Richard Burgi as Todd
        Vera Jordanova as Axelle
        Milan Kňazko as Sasha Rassimov
        Jay Hernandez as Paxton
        Jordan Ladd as Stephanie

        Special features include:
        Commentary with Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino and Gabe Roth
        Special effects
        Behind the scenes
        Set design
        Deleted scenes

        My Opinion
        As much as I like this film, there were a number of aspects that let it down dramatically. Horror sequels are never normally very good so at least this one does have some good points. After being left amazed by Hostel, I was hoping that Part 2 would be just as spectacular in all areas but this time I was left a bit disappointed.

        Most of the storyline is extremely predictable from right after we leave Paxton. I didn't even think that this part of the story needed to be there and apart from the obvious, it was the only way of tying this film to the first one. The only part that I did really like was when it was explained exactly how the Hostel works and where the people come from who do the torturing. I thought this was badly explained in the first film and left viewers not really knowing what was happening and why. The rest of the plot and it extremely weak and it was very unfulfilling for me.

        The plot on a whole was quite unbelievable compared to the first film. backpackers looking for a good time I can understand but for three pretty well off girls just going around Europe on their own and then suddenly going to Slovakia with someone they barely even know didn't make any sense to me at all. This might come out wrong but guys wanting a good time and wanting to get laid is the type of thing you think of when you hear of backpacking around Europe. You just don't really hear of girls going off with some random person and not letting anyone know. I think that Roth has tried to make this film something different by upping the gore and flesh factors but they are probably the best things about it.

        The acting is some of the worst I have seen in a film for a long, long time and I really don't know what the casting team were thinking of when. The only one of the main three girls that was semi convincing was Whitney and she isn't even in the film that much. Beth was so boring that I was hoping that she died very quickly but I didn't get my wish at all. Lorna, played by Heather Matarazzo, was previously in The Devil's Advocate as the girl in the trial at the very beginning and she was the only actor that I had even seen before. I thought she was quite good when she died but that is most probably down to the fact that you don't really see her do anything but scream. Unlike the first film that gave us some time to get to know and like the main characters, this one didn't and I really didn't care for any of them.

        While I like a film with some good effects and a large amount of gore, even this one is a little too much for me at times. The first time we see someone get killed, they are chained up naked above a shallow, empty pool. A lady then comes and lays down in front of her with a scythe and slowly tortures her, bathing in her blood, before slitting her throat. For me, this was one of the most disgusting scenes in the film and I really had a hard time watching it the first time around. After reading a little about this film on wiki, I learned that this was actually taken from a true story of Elizabeth Báthory, a serial killer in the 16th Century. Taking something so disgusting from something true doesn't make it any easier to watch. It doesn't take long for the film to get into some more gruesome scenes which are equally as disturbing as the last. I think you really need to have a strong stomach to watch this film as, in my opinion, it is a hell of a lot worse than the first film.

        The special effects are amazing though and I have to admire the work and thought that was put into this aspect, even if it is disturbing. The different ways of torture were much more inventive this time around and it was what really gave Part 2 more of an edge.

        In conclusion, the story was a lot weaker than in the first film but the gore was outstanding so it was a hit for me. I have to be in the mood to watch this film, depending on how I feel about gore at the time but generally, I quite liked it. Highly recommended if you like horrors or the first film.

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          30.11.2009 13:01

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          Don't bother

          note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

          Eli Roth's Hostel was something of a minor hit when it was released; no doubt helped by the absurd "Quentin Tarantino presents..." sticker on the trailers, the film grossed several times its budget, and was on its own merits a pretty fun and original romp that caused the term "torture porn" to be spawned. However, with anything that's a hit, there's almost always a sequel, and so we get the money-spinner attempt that is Hostel Part 2.

          The film opens with the protagonist of the first film, Paxton (Jay Hernandez) living in hiding with his girlfriend Stephanie (Jordan Ladd). He is soon enough decapitated, tying up the loose ends from the first film, and we then meet a new group of hapless suckers: students Beth (Lauren German), Whitney (Bijou Phillips) and Lorna (Heather Matarazzo), who are invited by Axelle (Vera Jordanova) to join them at a luxury spa in Slovakia. Of course, though, when they get there, the hostel they stay at turns out to be a place where sleazy businessman come to pay to torture and kill tourists, and so the girls must try and find a way to escape.

          The main problem with Hostel Part 2 is that it just follows the formula of the first film very rigidly, but tones the gore down considerably. The original film had the novelty of the torture-porn attraction to it - this one followed an almost carbon copied template of the original, but without the inventive kills (with one exception) and just seemed to skimp on the gore largely. Yet another dud horror sequel that takes a good idea and runs it so far into the ground that it has become something else. Avoid.

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          30.07.2009 11:39
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          I liked it, although many didn't

          Three American girls, Beth, Lorna and Whitney are travelling across Europe and meet a beautiful artist's model, who advises them to go to a hostel in Slovakia where they can enjoy spa treatments. Intrigued, they set off, delighted to find that the model has decided to join them. All goes well at first; the hostel and surroundings are beautiful and even Lorna, who is shy and geeky, finds herself a man. But then Lorna disappears. Concerned, Beth tries to find her, but is persuaded by the others that Lorna is probably having the time of her life. Then Whitney disappears and Beth is chased by two very dangerous looking men. Before she knows it, she is fighting for her life at the hands of men who have paid to see her die. Will she and her friends live to return to the US?

          The acting is seriously not the most important part of this movie; it is very much the gore and the atmosphere that hold it all together. This is probably just as well, because the acting is not always first class. Lauren German, who plays the incredibly dull Beth, is convincing enough, but it is hard to feel all that much for her because she just isn't very exciting. The same mistake was made in the first Hostel, where one of the more boring characters is chosen to be the main one. I much preferred Heather Matarazzo, who I recognised from The Princess Diaries - as Lorna, she is awkward, shy and innocent and somehow much more likeable than either Beth or Whitney. Bijou Phillips who plays Whitney is just annoying - a pretty, rich American girl who thinks she can do as she likes. Phillips gives an adequate enough performance, but she is hardly stretched.

          No-one else really made much of an impact; simply because there are so many characters and their time on screen is limited. I recognised Richard Burgi, one of the 'clients', from Desperate Housewives - he does show promise, with a really evil glint in his eye and a manic laugh, but the character fades out towards the end. Roger Bart, another client, initially seems dull and pointless, but is worth watching out for towards the end. The rest are just a mish mash of faces, some from the original Hostel, all of whom add to the story in their way, but don't really make a huge impression.

          Sequels are rarely as well received as the original films. The first Hostel was designed to shock and it did, although I was slightly underwhelmed, just because I didn't really connect with the story. I didn't particularly want to watch torture porn, which is just as well, as I don't consider it to be torture porn...there was sex in the first half and torture in the second, but neither were ever combined. In Hostel II, however, there is much less emphasis on straight sex, but the torture scenes definitely have more of a sexual element to them. So, if 'torture porn' is your thing, you may well be more impressed with the sequel.

          I don't particularly like the sexual element to Hostel II; believe me, there is little that is titillating about watching some poor girl bleed to death while a naked woman bathes in her blood. However, I do actually prefer this film to the first. Not because it is original, because it isn't really - it does largely follow the story of the first film, so there is nothing that is really surprising about what happens, despite the odd twist. However, I thought the plot was better; in the first film, the reason for the killings isn't explained, but in this one, everything makes that little bit more sense and I enjoyed it more. Don't get me wrong, there is still a great need to suspend disbelief, but I thought everything came together to work that little bit better.

          The special effects are superb. Really superb. There are some quite hideous shots - a girl is hung upside down and exsanguinated; a young man's leg muscles and skin are carved off bit by bit and eaten; Whitney takes a bite out of a client's face and Beth chops off a man's willy. All look incredibly realistic and made me flinch. The best parts of the film involve less blood though. Before the girl is exsanguinated, her torturer runs a hideous looking knife all over her body - the sound of it and the way that the girl's skin stretches is truly creepy. And there is a dance party to which all the girls go to - this is partly light-hearted, but there are also some strange characters hanging around which makes it obvious that the gore is about to start and I thought was very well done.

          There is little about this film that is attractive to watch. There are some lovely shots of city views, but the first film was definitely visually more pleasant - unless you enjoy shots of torture chambers of course. However, I noticed the music much more in this film. Much of it is classical, with a little traditional Eastern European music thrown in for good measure, and I felt that its beauty somehow managed to match the ugliness on screen in a very interesting way.

          There are a number of special features with the DVD - way too many in fact. There are three sets of commentaries with people like Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth, which I didn't listen too - having watched the four featurettes on various aspects of film making, I didn't think I needed to. A couple of the featurettes were worth watching - I particularly enjoyed the one on special effects, but much of the time, Eli Roth is making inane comments about unimportant things, and the screen time is wasted. On top of that, there's a radio interview with Eli Roth going over much the same ground. Then there's a slew of deleted scenes which, funnily enough, were deleted because they weren't necessary. Finally there's a gag reel, which isn't really that funny, and trailers for other films, such as Vacancy.

          I did enjoy this film, if enjoy is the right word. However, I appreciate that it isn't going to be for everyone; it seems that even those who liked the first film didn't necessarily like its sequel. I think it is a mistake to watch the film expecting it to be something different, because it really isn't. However, if you just want to watch a relatively well-made horror film, then you might just enjoy it like I did. Just keep expectations at a reasonable level. And don't forget that there is a rating of 18 on the film - most definitely not for the kiddies. Recommended.

          The DVD is available from play.com for £4.99.

          Classification: 18

          Running time: 93 minutes

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            20.07.2009 21:48
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            Poor effort, by a director who's imagination is a one way street.

            In 2005, Eli Roth took us to a new level, in terms of the horror movie. With the original hostel, we were shown a shocking underworld. A place where people pay to torture, and kill other human beings. Scary, in essence, because it was something that could happen, rather than the usual unrealistic tripe that we have become used to. It seemed, that Hostel had tapped into a new market. A market where people want to be shocked. They want to be scared. They want to be taken as far as they can go, and then dragged a little further.


            Essentially, Hostel was an exploitation film. Sado-erotica at its best. You could watch it, and drink your fill of blood, gore, sex and adrenaline pumping thrills. So, it was natural to me to want to see the sequel. It seemed to come out a bit too quickly for me, but I was still very excited by the prospect. I must confess, however, that I had my reservations. The first film was unique, and self contained. What could they do to improve on it?


            It seems to be, that Eli Roth has a singular vision. A vision that, though once remarkable, has now become dull and boring. His inability to look around the box, has led him to have a much shorter career than he should. He should have taken more time creating hostel part two, or else not have bothered with a sequel at all. The plot, which is thinner than Homer Simpsons' hair, is basically the exact same one from the first film. The events of the film, are 'similar, but not as scary. The acting is perhaps slightly worse, and all he has done to try and make this a film in its own right, is give it an all female lead cast, and provided a Taratinoesque twist, at the end. This would have been a compliment a decade ago, but I am afraid Tarantino is past it.


            The plot, sparse as it is, consists of two female friends going on a trip to Prague. They are joined by a geeky 'friend', and get intercepted by a gorgeous woman who persuades them to go to a hostel in Slovakia, which boasts fantastic hot springs. They trust the total stranger, which we all know is a bad idea. They are led to the hostel, where they are offered to rich men, and women who want to pay for the 'pleasure' of torturing, and killing them.


            The main differences between this, and the plot of the first film are that the characters are women, and they are travelling to enjoy some natural hot springs, rather than to find some easy women to pull. Apart from that, it is the same film all over again. Sure, the actual violence is slightly different in nature, and the film contains a lot more insight into the life of the people doing the torturing. Bur realistically we have been here before. And this is why the film just isn't as shocking. We expect it, and so it isn't a surprise.


            The effects are good, without being too hi-tec. The acting is appalling, and I won't embarrass them by putting their names on here. They belong in b-movies, but I suppose in a way they are already in one. The shock, and class of the first film are lost. The plot, offers nothing new, or significant until the end. But by this point, you really couldn't care. The 85 minutes before it see to that.


            Overall, this film is a poor effort. I really couldn't see how they could pull off a sequel to Hostel, and its seems that neither could Eli Roth. Lacklustre, and without class, this one blunders through not offering too much for the seasoned fan of the genre. Horror should never verge on the humourous, but this does. Some of the acting, and scene stuctures make you giggle because they are just so bad. When it comes to great sequels, I can name three. Hostel part two, as you may have already guessed, is not one of them.

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              02.02.2009 14:14
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              A Poor Sequel To An Average Film

              Welcome To Your Worst Nightmare
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              The worst advertisement for eastern European countries continues with the second installment of the Hostel series. In the first film we learned of an underground business where rich people can pay to torture and kill anyone unfortunate enough to visit the hostel.

              Last time is was a group of young men, this time it's a group of young women travelling to Prague who are the unlucky ones, if only they'd watched the first film!

              Conclusion
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              There have been good sequels, although they can probably be counted on one hand. usually those sequels have followed a quality film, this is not one of those occasions. The first film was high on shock factor, low on plot.

              I was really bracing myself to be shocked by this, after all my first viewing of the first film was quite an ordeal. However this one seems somehow less shocking. This is most likely because I knew what was happening this time and knew what to expect. There were a lot of cringe-worthy moments in the last one, but for a psychological horror film this is certainly lacking.

              Unlike the Saw movies which have tried to vary the plots with varied success this one
              has rested on it's laurels. So we know that whoever visits the hostel is in peril. We also know why. So does this spoil the movie, in a way it does.

              The main difference between this Hostel and the last one is that there is more of an insight this time into the lives of the clients who pay to torture and kill. Money it seems can buy you anything if you know where to go to get it. This part of the film focuses on two men who are bidders on people they want to torture and kill. This is not enough to make the film stand up in it's own right against the first Hostel.

              The performances are good enough under the circumstances, the actors are all relative unknowns, well they certainly are to me. I doubt they'd have got any A listers here if they'd asked. The question is do we actually care about the characters and what happens to them. The answer to that for me is, no. They do try to make us like the girls but really we don't and we already know what's coming.

              There are certainly still some quite shocking moments, well gory would be a better description. I would say that the build up of the film goes on too long, for a horror film there should have been more tension and more seat of your pants stuff. There aren't really any special effects of note, just a large supply of blood and gore.

              There is a twist and it's not all that bad of one either, but with the quality of what's preceded it really is a wasted effort. The running time is about the right Length, I don't think the plot could have sustained any more time and neither could I.

              On the whole, I did quite enjoy it but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it. I can't see there being another sequel, this is a bit like the Final Destination films that keep on serving up variations on a theme. Quentin Tarantino should watch what he endorses, as his name is no longer a guarantee of quality.

              Recommended For TV Viewing (not on your own!).

              Main Cast List
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              Lauren German - Beth
              Roger Bart - Stuart
              Heather Matarazzo - Lorna
              Bijou Phillips - Whitney

              Directed By : Eli Roth
              Running Time : 93 Mins.
              Certificate : 18

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                23.01.2009 17:11
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                The slight improvement on the first film isn't enough to make me watch this again!

                This is the sequel to 'that awful' film Hostel. I really only watched it because my boyfriend wanted to see it otherwise I wouldn't have bothered after seeing the last one. However this is a little & use the term 'little' lightly. It's not going to win any Oscars but it is a small improvement on the last one. We'll be on Hostel Part 150 if this is how much it improves until we get a decent film out of this series.

                This time it's the girls turn. Three students, Beth (Lauren German), Whitney (Bijou Phillips) & Lorna (Heather Matarazzo) are convinced by a model they were sketching to check into a Hostel in Slovakia. They take this advice & decide to check into. At the desk the girls passports are taken so the clerk can upload their passport photos onto an auction website (a bit like eBay but with a sadistic twist) the highest bidder is the 'lucky' person that gets to torture the person they've bid on. Beth & Whitney are bid on by the same man, wealthy businessman Todd (Richard Burgi), he wants one girl for himself & one girl for his friend Stuart (Roger Bart).

                The three girls of course have absolutely no idea what's just gone on & are none the wiser that sooner rather than later their lives could be coming to a brutal end.

                This film in all purposes is actually more violent than the first, especially one bit at the end that even had my boyfriend squirming, however that is for a very good reason & people that have seen this film will know exactly what I'm talking about!

                Although this is a slight improvement on the first film it still doesn't match up to other good horror films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This film like the last one just uses violence for the sheer hell of it. This film had a very low budget & it definitely shows. It's 90 minutes of complete rubbish in my eyes & I definitely wont be putting myself through this again.

                Quentin Tarantino in my opinion is an excellent director & why he wanted to be associated with this rubbish is beyond me. Eli Roth should go back to making horrors like Cabin Fever which I enjoyed & sadly this film & the previous Hostel film just don't match up to his previous glory.

                My boyfriend bought this from Tesco for £9.99 which like the other one at £4.99 is still way too expensive for a film of this quality.

                The special features include;
                Commentary
                Behind the scenes featurette
                Special effects featurette
                Set design featurette
                Blood & guts blooper reel
                Deleted scenes

                Basically all the same extras you get with the first film... great!

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                  Good film

                  The follow on from Hostel part 1 promised to be a good watch. The film did not disappointment with the gorry scenes. However the story line was less convincing. At times it felt like I was watching the first one all over and the director seems to lack new ideas. This may come as a suprise as the director is the very well known and highly respected Quentin Tarantino and also Eli Roth.
                  Anyway to the film, it again focusses on young adults looking for fun this time in slovakia.It doesn't take long for things to turn nasty and the gruesome sequel soon turns as torture at the worst level is introduced with remarkable pictures that truely make you believe the injuries recieved are real. It is not suprising to see the film is rated 18 as this film takes pain and punishment to new levels.
                  I dont think i will be visiting Slovakia any time soon.

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                    Steer clear of this film unless you have a good stomach and dont mind not sleeping!

                    After having seen Hostel I was quite looking forward (with trepidation!) to seeing the sequel. It did however dissapoint me and I ended up looking away far more than I looked at the screen. Although Hostel was gruesome, the sequel just revolved around killings and lots of blood and there was no storyline at all!! Eugh!! Where as in the first film it was the men who were being sold, in the second its the women who are travelling and are targeted. The main twist is that one of the women has a lot of money.....and I guess you should really watch it if you want to know what happens, but you can kind of guess!! I wouldnt recommend this film, I found it revolting and I wouldnt watch it again. Hostel was a reasonably good film, however this sequel is not worth watching at all!! Steer clear from it unless you want to have no sleep for a month!!

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                    Hostel Part 2.

                    Hostel Part 2 (DVD)

                    2007, rating 18.

                    I got this DVD the 'Unseen Edition' as one of my birthday presents and have to say was really looking forward to it as I loved the first Hostel, a mean, dark, moody and genuinely shocking film.

                    Written and directed by Eli Roth and 'presented' by Quentin Tarantino, this film starts as a sequel to Hostel (2005), though apart from the flashback scenes at the beginning, you really do not need to have seen the first Hostel to get the gist of this.

                    I am not going to name all the actors, as without being cruel to their talents, they are all B movie horror film actors who have done nothing really to note, and are not really likely to be offered huge parts based on this offering.


                    ~~~The Plot~~~

                    Quite simple really, and follows from the first Hostel. There is a secret facility in Slovakia where unsuspecting tourists are lured to and rich foreigners kill them for 'sport' and pay vast amounts to do so.

                    The tortured and killed are invariably young backpackers taken from their friends after making friendships with locals, generally in or around a hostel.

                    The killers are rich business types, often American, who bid online to kill each individual. They then arrive at the facility and are tattooed with a Bulldog tattoo which means they are in the club. They sign a contract stating that they must kill before they can leave the facility.

                    The killings take place in a facility that is guarded by security staff, dogs, and CCTV. There are numerous 'killing rooms' and instruments with which to do this.

                    I have tried to be matter of fact about the plot, but actually it is really quite sick. In this particular 'episode' of Hostel we see three American young female tourists (of course) taken, one by one to the facility. The clever, geekey and not too attractive one, the blond vivacious party girl, and the intelligent classy one. I am being deliberately trite here as it is very formulaic.

                    What follows are the trials and tribulations of their capture, the sub plot of those that have paid to kill, and that is all I am going to say at this point.


                    ~~~Opinion~~~

                    Hostel (Part 1) was a truly dark film in my opinion and actually quite scary. It drew complaints from the Slovakian Government and was even banned in some countries. Like Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Hills Have Eyes (the original) or even Saw, it was original and shocking.

                    Hostel Part 2 is formulaic and not at all scary, in fact it has comedic touches, some of which are intended, some of which are just cringe worthy scenes that are plain daft.

                    Yes, there is violence and gore, but it seems to be there for the sake of it and seems somehow expected. The violence in the first film was just as gratuitous but seemed more in keeping with the shock factor. Here it just seems all to obvious.

                    In addition, the 'secret facility' which was truly quite intriguing and scary in Part 1, has a kind of corporate image this time which makes it seem just a little less secret and 'underground'.

                    I think my main criticism has to be that the film was clearly riding on the back of Part 1 and released too soon, so that it was all kind of 'yep, I knew it would be like this'.

                    The acting is not great, but then the acting takes a back seat to the directing, which is actually quite good, as are the special effects, though neither have the same 'edge' as the first Hostel.

                    There is a welcome return of the children's gang which I quite like though to be honest they could have been used more in the plot.

                    Overall I was really, really disappointed with this film. I expected to be shocked, I wasn't, I wanted to be scared, I wasn't I wanted some new twists to the plot, there wasn't (save a slightly interesting ending). I wanted to be able to look forward to Hostel Part 3 (in the making), I'm not.

                    All in all of the 1 hour and 31 minutes there was about 10 minutes that I enjoyed, 5 at the beginning and 5 at the end.

                    Not a film to watch again and again I'm afraid.


                    ~~~DVD Extras~~~

                    I should mention these though I have to confess to not watching them, as I just could not be bothered after what really was a let down of a film. There are several film 'commentaries', a blood and guts 'blooper reel' (says it all really), special effects featurette, behind the scenes featurette and some interviews.

                    Poor sequel.

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                      19.11.2008 21:00
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                      a Quentin Tarantino movie, expect too much gore and violence

                      The story continues from the end part of the first part of Hostel. In the start of the movie, Paxton {Jay Hernandez} lives away from the city with his girlfriend. The two have and argument, and the next morning the next thing Stephanie knows is Paxton's body has been decapitated and seated at the kitchen table, with their cat licking the blood from his neck. Meanwhile, in Slovakia, a mysterious package is delivered to Sasha (Milan Kňazko), the owner of Elite Hunting company, which takes amount from its customer to kill and torture people. From the reaction of Sasha's dogs and the size of the box, it is clear that this package contains Paxton's head. In Italy, art students Beth (Lauren German), Whitney (Bijou Phillips) and Lorna (Heather Matarazzo) are attending their drawing classes. After the class, Axelle (Vera Jordanova), a nude model they are sketching convinces them to join them to join her on a vacation to a luxurious spa. The four travel to a small Slovakian village and check into the local hostel. Here is where the story starts. The desk clerk uploads their passport photos to an auction website. Hot shot American businessman Todd (Richard Burgi) bids on Whitney and Beth for himself and his passive best friend Stuart (Roger Bart).
                      Later that night, at the village celebrates the "Harvest Festival", Lorna discovers that Beth has inherited a vast fortune from her mother. Stuart approaches Beth and the two share a friendly conversation. An intoxicated Lorna leaves to go on a boat ride with Roman, a charismatic local. He proceeds and kidnaps Lorna with the help of two accomplices. Beth and Whitney leave the party, while Axelle volunteers to stay behind and wait for Lorna.
                      The next morning the three girls head to the local spa to relax. Basking in the relaxing atmosphere of the hot springs, Beth is able to fall somewhat at ease and dozes off. Meanwhile, a naked Lorna is shackled upside-down in a large room, where a woman enters, undresses and lies beneath Lorna. She then proceeds to slowly execute the girl, cutting her with a long scythe and bathing in her blood.
                      At the spa, Beth passes out in the spa and awakens to find herself alone and her belongings stolen. As she looks for her friends around, she notices several men approaching and surrounding her. Afraid she climbs over the spa's walls and through the forest. While making her escape, she is ambushed by the "Bubblegum Gang", a gang of violent, children. Before they are able to descend upon her, however, Axelle and Sasha appear and scoot them away from her. Axelle takesbeth to their vehicle. With Axelle and Beth away, Sasha confronts the children. Angry becaus they interefered in his "business operations" as punishment, Sasha draws out his gun and has one of the children brought forward before him. Sashaimmidiately executes the boy, and the rest of the gang flees.
                      After being taken to Sasha's mansion, Beth realizes that Sasha and Axelle are responsible for Whitney and Lorna's disappearances after seeing the same men who tried to kidnap her at the spa coming up. She tries to hide and discovers a room filled with severed heads, including Paxton's, before being captured and taken to the factory.
                      At the factory, a sobbing Whitney is strapped to a chair in one of the cells while an old woman applies makeup to her face. Whitney severely bites the woman's nose and escapes, only to be captured by the guards. Whitney is then taken to Todd's cell and strapped to a chair, where he taunts and terrorizes her with a circular saw. Overwhelmed with excitement to torture her, Todd accidentally cuts into her face. This inturn of giving pleasure to him, disturbs him so much that he wants to go away. He tries to leave, saying that he no longer wants to kill her. The guard explains that he must kill her if he wants to leave and when he refuses, the guards set the dogs on him, executing him for violating the contract that he had signed with Elite Hunting. The guards then bandage Whitney and show her photograph to other clients in adjoining cells, offering her at a discounted price.
                      The deranged and sadistic Stuart, now torturing Beth, starts blaming her for his friend's death. He accepts the offer in anger and kills Whitney. As he returns to finish with Beth, she tricks him into releasing her from the chair, then fights him off and chains Stuart to the chair. Beth then beats Stuart for the code to the cell which shes trapped in. Seeing the chaos inside, Sasha and guards come there running. Beth demads freedom. When Sasha explains to her that she must kill somebody to leave, Beth cuts off Stuart's genitals and tosses them to one of the guard dogs, which eats them; Beth then orders Stuart to be left to bleed to death as he screams in pain. As per the contract, Beth is given an Elite Hunting tattoo. Axelle is then lured from the village festival into the woods by the Bubblegum Gang, where Beth surprises and beheads her.
                      My verdict:-
                      Thes hostel series have too much of sex scenes and nudity. The director could have concentrated more on the action and reduced the gory scenes.

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                        16.11.2008 10:37
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                        I can't believe Tarantino had a hand in this - it is utter tripe.

                        Hostel part 2, as its name suggests, is the sequel to Hostel. Launched in 2007 Hostel part 2 did not live up to its predecessor and managed to gross just over $8.2M in its first weekend, which was a major shock to the film critics and both Eli Roth and Tarantino the directors.

                        Whilst I thought Hostel was an OK film I was reluctant to watch Hostel part 2 as I thought it would be the same kind of thing, and be something that I could easily take or leave. A few mates assured me that the second was better than the first and that everything would become clear and recommended that I watch it.

                        Whilst having a bout of the flu, leading to a few days off work, and being bored of daytime television I thought I would take the plunge and watch Hostel part 2.

                        ****Story line****

                        Hostel part 2 begins exactly where Hostel ended, which surprised me a little since at the end of Hostel I was struggling to see where the film could go from that point. Once again, the talented Tarantino has pulled the cat out of the bag and managed it.

                        Having the same back packing theme as the first, this film concentrates on a group of 3 female back packers, being Beth (played by Lauren German), Lorna (played by Heather Matarazzo) and Whitney (played by Bijou Phillips) who are persuaded by a life art model, Axelle (played by Vera Jordanova) to visit the hostel in Slovakia and detour from their planned trip to the city of Prague.

                        Rather than being lured to the hostel by the promise of girls, the trio are lured by the promise of the fabulous hot springs found in the area, which surprised me. Being a Tarantino film I would have thought it would have been boys and was disappointingly expecting a film of naked blokes, but that's the Tarantino twist for you.

                        The girls check in and start to enjoy their stay in Slovakia, un-aware of what is being planned for them.

                        As with Hostel there are a number of twists in the film and the "winner" at the end was not who I was expecting it to e be. Neither was the way in which the "winner" achieved it the way I thought it would.

                        Unfortunately, I can't really include much more about the story line since it will be divulging far too much and I would not want to ruin any of the film for anyone.

                        ****Acting****

                        The chosen actors are well suited to the thriller genre and the acting is very good. All the main actresses and actors give a realistic performance that captures the fear, suspense and all other emotions very well.

                        ****Sound track****

                        It is not possible to comment on the audio of Hostel part 2 once, just like with Hostel, there aren't any.

                        ****My thoughts****

                        This film should come with many health warnings. Whilst the nudity and sexual content has been dramatically decreased compared to Hostel (which is good for all us guys out there and we know the audience that Tarantino had in mind for this film) the gore has been increased ten fold. It is more graphic, more in your face and a lot more disturbing.

                        I was confused at the end of Hostel as to exactly what was going on. Whilst watching this film, Hostel part 2, the penny dropped and suddenly it all made sense. The reason for the Hostel and why back packers were lured there suddenly made sense, which made this film more worthwhile to watch.

                        The story line is actually quite lame. I appreciate that Tarantino is not the sort of person who dreams up deep and meaningful films, preferring to shock the audience instead but a bit more thought could have gone in to the story line of this which I think would have made an all round better film. It is the unexpected twists of this film witch kept me watching to the end, despite being just a bit too much gore for me. Don't get me wrong, I am not the sort of person who sees the world through rose tinted glasses whilst I am running through a meadow catching butterflies, I like a bit of blood and gore and have no objections to a bit of butchery its just that I thought there was a bit too much in this film.

                        Would I recommend it? Again, if you are a Tarantino fan then the chances are you probably have already seen it. If not, then I think it is definitely worth watching if you have seen Hostel, to actually make the first film make more sense (if like me you were a bit confused at the end). If you like thrillers and don't mind the gore then I think that you would enjoy it.

                        Is it better than the first Hostel? Personally I think the first one was better since the idea of young back packers travelling East to find a load of easy women to tackle is more believable than a group of women changing their plans to look for a natural spring. But maybe I'm wrong. The level of acting in both films is about the same, and is very good and convincing.

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                          26.10.2008 22:20
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                          Dont expect too too much

                          do you ever get them times when you feel like you just wanna stay in (or go cinema) and watch, which is known, to be the scariest movie out at that moment, with some friends? Or perhaps other by there self? Well when i got in that mood i watched Hostel part two, expecting to be scared and wanting to be sick (like i was told i was going to be with the last) Filled with gresome scenes known for violence and death and torture surely your all set to be scared with a package like that!

                          Baic plot:
                          3 girls in italy, beth, whitney and lorna, which are art students. They meet a girl from slovakia after painting a picture of her, who persuades them to join her on a trip to a luxuary spa in Slovakia. Once there they check in to the local hostel (the same as the last). Later on the same night Lorna is kidnapped, and like in the first, wakes up in a room of torture. Followed next by the other girls..do any of them survive? Il leave for you to find out.
                          Also, through out the film you also follow the story of two men, who looking to go in to the room of torture to be clients, which is quite interesting seeing the other point of view.

                          My oppinion - I think its slightly better than the first, theres more of a little story to it and gets into it quicker than the last.. But its quite wierd watching one of the characters who was in princess diaries getting tortured and killed in this lol. But the acting is quite good, but like the last was told it was amazing, me expecting so much and then was disappointed as it wasnt that really gorry! Some of the scenes were like something out of a scream film, not that special.

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                            01.10.2008 21:18
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                            Maybe Part 3 Will Be Better (But I Doubt It) .

                            ...and when I say worse, I don't mean worse in the good way.

                            Hostel Part II starts pretty much where the first film finished, but this time around we get given a different perspective, from the view of the wealthy business men. It was good to be given this as it stopped the film from getting stale and repetitive.

                            Sadly Hostel Part II is dangerously lacking in several areas and is let down by a lack of emotion, no characters development, an absent plot, seriously poor acting, poor pacing and a lack of suspense. Now naturally it has some extreme gore, but this only works in films if it's backed-up by something - anything. Gore alone is meaningless and why someone would want to pay to see it is beyond me.

                            There was one good scene when a man looses a certain part of his body and while it was pretty obvious it was going to happen, it still made me squirm. The sound track throughout is reasonably good, and I liked the undertones of capitalism, and how money makes someone's life meaningless. The ending was far less dramatic than what I imagined it would be and pretty disappointing. Generally I thought that the film is just laziness from Eli Roth who just seems to be trying to make some money.

                            You can probably guess from the title (Part II) that if you haven't seen part 1 you should before watching this. Plenty of spills but lacking in thrills means that Hostel Part II didn't leave a lasting impression on me. If you're looking for some blood and gore there are plenty on films out there that do it so much better. Just Google the words good horror films.

                            (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and my 'better' reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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                              Watch this on a friday night..

                              I will not talk about the story too much because it will ruin the story for you.
                              3 very beautiful women go to out of the country but get seduced by a woman who claims pleasurable spas and a good time, When they arrive in Slovakia, they start off having a good time but what they don't know is that they are in the middle of an internet bidding war where each of them are being sold to the highest bidder.
                              It also tells the story of 2 rich American people who have bidded on there own victims, They can wish whatever way they wish to kill them i.e if they want them to die slowly or die painfully or die quickly.
                              like all of Eli Roth's movies, he has a good start and good ending but the middle is always messed up and that is where it ruined it for me. The acting was very Mediocre, with the actors being very boring and not chowing much emotions like when at the end one of the American girls rip off the guys private guys parts with no remorse or regret, actually she was quite happy to do it.

                              This movie is a more worser movie than the original hostel because In every scene it seems that all the girls are smiling for no reason and the girls should have been hotter like classical movies where the hot girls always die. And the movie is not even that scary because the atmosphere does not provide enough scariness also Eli Roth has ruined this movie which ha the potential to be much better like he ruined the first one. Although i have to give him credit because The horror scenes look very realistic and Horrifying. He also did a good job with the special effects, because most of the death scenes look very cool and unnecessary like when a kid gets shot in the head by a man and shows a close up on the kid that got shot.
                              Cast
                              (Cast overview, first billed only)
                              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 Ianevski ... Miroslav
                              Patrik Zigo ... Bubblegum Gang Leader
                              Zuzana Geislerová ... Inya
                              Ivan Furak ... Big Guard
                              Monika Malacova ... Mrs. Bathory
                              Thnk you and please read my other reviews at meehmoou1001.

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                            The inevitable sequel to one of the decade’s most intriguing and well-made horror films, Hostel Part II, as the title implies, picks up pretty much where the last film left off. And it doesn’t take too long for the sequel to find the same groove that earned its predecessor so much attention. The setting is once again an underground club, where people bid for the right to torture residents at the hostel of the title. Hostel Part II, however, lets us see events from the other perspective too, as we meet the wealthy businessmen who are availing themselves of the club’s services. It’s a logical dynamic for the movie, and it does bring a fresh perspective to a film that does eventually settle down to a cavalcade of gore and shock. As a director, Eli Roth has clearly improved since last time around, even if this time he too often succumbs to the temptation to show rather than imply, and Hostel Part II as a result feels a little less fresh and more uncomfortable than its predecessor. Yet it’s most certainly an unsettling piece of cinema, and one likely to find favour with Roth’s increasing fanbase. A word of warning, though. Hostel Part II isn’t shy about pulling its punches, and it very much justifies its 18 certificate. It’s also a cut above many of its modern day contemporaries in the genre, even though it fails to measure up to part one. --Jon Foster