Hostel: Part II

Director: Eli Roth

Stars: Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo, and Bijou Phillips

Sentence Summary: A pointless movie that is only concerned with being as nauseatingly gory as possible.

**Warning: Slight spoilers ahead**

Okay, so I want to start off by saying that I am not usually that easily offended by movies. In fact, some good gore and offensive lines can work wonders to tell a story.

Well, Hostel: Part II offended me.

Firstly, there’s the characters. We have the stereotypical “cool girl,” the “nerdy girl,” and the “slutty girl.” Yep, that’s pretty much all there is to say about them.

Seriously, guess who's who.

Seriously, guess who’s who.

Then, there’s the story. So the idea of people paying big bucks to join this club where they get to murder innocent people is actually a pretty cool idea (for a movie, not in real life). I read somewhere that Eli Roth actually found a real website advertising this service, and that’s what inspired him to make these movies (we can only speculate as to why he was visiting such a site). But yeah, that’s a good enough story; it’s horrifying, but also sort of fascinating. However, the execution turned into a rather un-fascinating version of this idea. It’s the type of movie where the story exists only to serve the gory details, instead of the other way around.

When I think back to this film, it was by no means the goriest movie that I’ve seen. What bothered me however, was the sexualization of the torture scenes. Maybe that sounds way too hyper-feminist to be taken seriously, but some of the scenes just had this weird, uncomfortable, overly-indulgent tone. A few examples that come to mind are the prolonged focus on a mutilated girl struggling to breath, or a woman relishing in being showered in a young girl’s blood. Maybe it’s just in my head, but I have read a few reviews that called it torture porn, so I’m not the only one who gets that vibe.

creepy aweful

I want to call this movie sexist for the horrifying objectification, for the cardboard characterization, and for the prolonged and sexualized torture of the young female protagonists. I want to, but I have to remember that they did this all with a male cast in Hostel, which was possibly even more gory. So instead I will settle for saying that Hostel: Part II  both deeply disturbed and offended me.

What the hell Bear Jew, from Cabin Fever to THIS? Next time bring on the hedonistic characters, bring on the cheesy gore, but don’t forget to include real characters, good dialogue, and the elements that actually make a movie into a real story. Plus maybe throw in some of that campy, self-aware comedy that made Cabin Fever awesome.

Verdict: Skip it. Seriously, watch a horror movie that has an actual reason for existing other than shock value.

Photos courtesy of Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com)

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15 thoughts on “Hostel: Part II

    • Yeah I definitely wouldn’t recommend it! And I definitely did think it was sexist while I was watching it, but then out of morbid curiosity I watched the first one and they did the same thing with the male characters, so I don’t know if it would be fair to say that if it does the same thing with both men and women. Mind you, there were still a lot of naked women and brothels in the first one, so I guess it was sort of sexist in that sense.
      Thanks for reading!

  1. I’ve only seen the first one, but I love Eli Roth. Like seriously. I love how deliciously fucked-up be can be sometimes. I think what’s interesting about Hostel is the normalcy of violence, escalating up from the gang of kids in the street to the actual torture houses. When I watched it I kind of took it as Roth pushing the audiences’ limits… like “how much longer before you turn it off? When do you stop enjoying it? When does it become too much?” Sort of like a commentary on our acceptance of violence in the real world. Obviously I could be reading WAAAAAY too much into it, which is super likely. Maybe it’s just a shitty movie with a ton of violence. Like I said, I haven’t seen the second one, so I guess this comment doesn’t even really relate to your topic! As far as the sexism you talked about, I could definitely see that as being an issue. Why do we need nudity along with prolonged violence? Cool review, man.

    • That’s really interesting, Devin! Honesty, I preferred the first one, I thought it was just a better movie in nearly every way. Not saying it’s one of my favourites, but not a bad movie. I read somewhere that he originally wanted to make a documentary about this issue but it was too dangerous because apparently this is a real thing. So it’s obvious that he is a smart and passionate guy, and I will definitely watch what he makes in the future. I’m interested now to look more into the social messages behind this movie!
      You should check out the second one and tell me what you think. It took me a long time to write this review because I thought that I was maybe being overly sensitive or whatever, but like I said, there aren’t a lot of movies that offend me. I can’t really explain exactly what it was about Hostel II that bothered me, but I just did not see any purpose for this movie. Plus, the gore and violence weren’t really worse than the original Hostel, it was just really sexist-feeling. Maybe that sounds crazy, I don’t know, it just seemed like they were just reusing the same story from the first with a few added details just so that they could exploit these women.
      Thanks for the comment, let me know if you end up watching it!

      • I don’t know if I’ll ever watch it, because as much as I looooove horror and Eli Roth, I can’t really do torture. Watching the first one was definitely a task and it kind of fucked me up for a while, as I first watched it in the 8th grade.

        I read he got the inspiration from real-life events or a story he heard somewhere, but I had no idea he was going to make a doc. I wish he did, because that would have been way more interesting and 1000 times scarier.

        When I think back on the original, I don’t remember any of the violence being done in a sexual way towards the guys… like some horror movies objectify men through their junk or their fear of penetration. So it’s really disheartening to hear that he felt it needed to be done towards women. Let’s be fair!

        But I’ll for sure let you know if I end up seeing it!

      • I can’t believe you watched it in grade 8! I would have been so messed up from this movie at that age!

        I just read that documentary thing on IMDb, so it’s not a solid fact, but I agree it would have been super awesome and terrifying if he did that instead.

        As for the objectifying thing, I don’t know, I’m not a guy, so I didn’t really feel fair to say that it only objectified women because maybe some men did feel offended by the first one. The men were still being turned into objects that could be bought and sold, so I don’t know, maybe that offended some male viewers (probably not that much though).

      • That’s a really good point! I guess there is more to objectification than sex. And yeah, it was so horrible watching it that young. I lied to my mom about what movie I watched and then didn’t sleep for like three days! And I didn’t ever want to travel to Europe because I though I would die.

  2. Oh, this is certainly torture pain. The third one is quite silly as well, if you ever plan on watching it. I do not think you will, considering your feelings on this one. The concept is actually genius, and I can legit see sickos doing it in real life. I’ve actually been google searching the last ten minutes to see if I can find anything. If it truly does exist, our world is full of sickos!

    • Did you find anything?? It sadly would not surprise me if this was real.
      This is the quote from IMDb:
      “The trailers bill the movie as “inspired by true events”. Director Eli Roth says that he found a Thai website that advertised itself as a “murder vacation,” offering users the chance to torture and kill someone for the price of $10,000. According to the story, videos of a random person walking into a room and shooting someone in the head were posted on the Internet. Roth later showed the site to Quentin Tarantino and the two developed the idea for the film. Tarantino and Roth said later on an Icelandic talk show that they have no idea if the website was real or not.”
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450278/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv

      And I probably will not watch the third one. Especially since Roth didn’t even direct it.
      Thanks for the comment!

  3. Good points in your review. In “Hostel,” it’s almost (but not quite) as if the sexist pigs get what’s coming to them. In “Hostel: Part 2,” the sexist pigs have taken over

    By the way, although I didn’t mention it in my review of “Hostel,” I would have liked it if the characters were developed beyond the cardboard stage. To me, horror is much more frightening the more the characters seem real. Unfortunately, a lot of horror directors are mostly interested in the gore (as in “Hostel” and “Hostel: Part 2.”

    • Thanks, and good point. The fact that there is a little bit of justice in the end does make the original Hostel a better movie in my opinion.

      And I totally agree with the characters — so boring and flat that it was hard to develop interest in their story. A good character in a horror movie is becoming too rare. On a side note, I recently watched You’re Next and loved the protagonist in it, which was such a refreshing surprise!
      Thanks for the comment!

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