Hostel 2 left me emotionally scarred, but not speechless (by mbrooks1-1)
"Hostel" was a movie that took me forever to watch. One day at about 4:20 pm, my three friends and I magically decided to watch the unrated version. Despite my overwhelming revulsion, I didn't turn it off and was very surprised. "Hostel" was a movie that snuck underneath my radar. I went into this screening of "Hostel 2" no 4:20 showing this time, natch with actually very high expectations, and I was blown away. To me it is one of the best horror films in the past 10 years, including the original, and that's saying a lot. And I refuse to be one of those <more>
people to ruin the surprises. I also feel comfortable in saying that anyone that does not appreciate the twists in the movie has a very limited view of human beings.What sets this movie apart from almost every other film in the genre is Eli Roth's gift for making very believable and human characters caught up in these primal emotions and situations. "Hostel 2" does not let up on the tension and by the time the last dog had its day, I couldn't decide whether or not I was queasy from extreme gore or the tension that just keeps getting ratcheted up tighter. I can't really say anything bad about the film. There are no stupid "boo" scares, and the characters are so believable and likable that it only adds to the terror that starts in the pit of your stomach the minute you realize you care about these girls, and you know what's going to happen to them. But you really don't! Eli Roth is very good at loss leaders and red herrings, but he never leaves you just hanging special joke . This movie promises a massive payoff and it delivers like a head in a box. All three of the female leads and the two male "Desperate Housewives" leads George, the dead pharmacist and Teri Hatcher's ex-husband are all immensely talented and help to raise the level of awareness of the quality of true horror films, a genre that is sorely unappreciated. Magnificently shot, acted, written, directed, etc., "Hostel 2" just surpassed all of my expectations. The only negative thing I have to say is that, unfortunately, a great deal of people will never be able to see this movie, and I understand that. This is not for everybody. After the first kill, my friend and I whispered to each other in the silent theatre asking each other if we wanted to go, but I am so glad we stuck it out. The pay off was everything I wanted and more. I can't believe I am actually writing this, but "Hostel 2" was brilliant, just bring anti-nausea pills.
--Warning, if you are looking for a thrilling experience before watching the movie for the first time, DO NOT read this, it is a pure spoiling thing-- As a Slovakian myself, when I saw the first Hostel, I felt somehow... you know... unsure... like, hey man, SK is not like that! Well it all changed after this sequel! Most of all it is an important movie. Let me tell you why: Finally there is a movie that explains all the dangers of messing around with anything Slovakian! after "Hostel part one". some said: "it shows SK in bad light", others were like; "any <more>
advertisement is good for tourism" - well I say: hell with tourism- we are talking about movies, not promoting your egos or smt . And therefore it is very educative. All the audience will be informed that all you have to do to get to Slovakia, is to switch in Prague. It will be also explained, SK is not Bosnia and Hercegovina and there have not been any trouble for like 50 years or so. Then it will be shown, there is a party every night and the girls... oh god, they are hot! shame Vera Jordanova- Axelle delivered all her lines in Bulgarian . It is also very useful that the audience is warned about the gypsy gangs wonder why they speak Czech . Furthermore audience can be assured, in SK people are aware of American culture -they watch Pulp Fiction in Russian- here is probably the only small mistake in the movie- after being occupied by Russian army from 1968 to 1989, the natives would probably choose another language. I was also extremely happy that an old habit of washing in blood was brought up again- it is very good for your skin. So, to sum it up: DO GO and see the movie and DO NOT GO to Slovakia or you will be bothered by the Italians on the train, seduced by a hot Bulgarian chick, robbed by Czech gypsies, kidnapped by some ugly Slovakians, offered to fat, rich and odd people all around the globe including some Japanese- man, you know how good Asians are in torturing , bought by two American husbands of Desperate Housewives yeah there was something creepy behind the TV show- if Susan only knew what happened to Karl... ... and finally, if you still insist and go... you better be really rich or you get your head chopped of! Oh yes all of these might happen. Imagine what are we capable of, when a former Minister of culture Milan Knazko - Sasha shoot little gypsies without a moment of hesitation. The last things: a I believe, the most funny thing about "Hostel" were the creators going to Iceland to apologize they pictured Icelandians as "drunken sex maniac." - luckily all the Eastern Europeans were pictured realistically b But seriously, and I mean it, the movie is funny time to time but killing is gruesome... though a little bit less than in part I.
Roth dominates the horror industry. (by cwright86)
Eli Roth actually made a horror sequel that was better than the first! This movie has just about everything. It was disturbing, without being to unrealistic. The characters were less believable than the first, but it was a fair trade to humanize the "clients". The violence was definitely over-the-top, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. And just when you think you have everything pieced together, Eli pulls the rug out from under you. Sick, twisted, depraved, BRILLIANT! Also, I would like to say something about the previous comments. You can't honestly say that the <more>
"Hostel" series isn't the most innovative line of films in the last decade. Films like "Wolf Creek", "The Hitcher", and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" did not have half the passion that this movie did.
Most Satisfying Sequel in a Summer Full Of Disappointing Ones (by ludwigvanbuddtwang)
It's strange that the critics who are giving this movie bad reviews aren't even giving an argument. They're simply saying it's "crud" and "torture porn." They are complaining that there is too much violence, while fans complain that there isn't enough. I strongly believe that this film deserves more credit than it's receiving. I also read a user comment on IMDb that said this film had the worst cast ever. That almost makes me think that the person did not see the movie.The cast was the strongest aspect of the movie. German, Phillips, and Matarazzo <more>
were pretty damn perfect for their roles. They are the three leads, but the core of the film is the duo of Richard Burgi and Roger Bart. I knew they both looked kind of creepy but I had no idea they could act so well. Lionsgate did a very good thing by not pressuring Eli Roth into casting huge stars. I can honestly say that Burgi and Bart give the best performances in any horror movie I've seen in a long time. I also love how Roth wrote their characters. They were very real and believable because they're not just evil villains, they are family men. I thought I knew exactly where the characters were going, but Roth was successful in surprising me. I found it very entertaining to watch these two characters unravel. In addition to the main characters, the many offbeat minor characters were freaking amazing. I'm not certain at the moment who was in charge of casting, but to whoever was, I salute you. There are countless new characters with great faces, as well as the return of the desk clerk, who is surprisingly menacing. Roth also knows that he owes a lot to Italian cinema from the 70s and 80s. He's cast two famous actors from that period, as well as the director of the most infamous movie of all time. Their cameos were very for lack of a much better word good. I also have to mention the bubblegum gang. This time, the kids are interwoven nicely into the narrative. Their scenes were comedic but also had genuine emotional impact.It is easy to notice that the photography, editing, and set designs of this film are much improved from the original. Unlike in the Saw films, the viewer is not distracted by these elements. Instead, the experience is enhanced. I was quite impressed.I respect Roth much more as a filmmaker after this movie. There are several awesome montages, which I'm always a sucker for. He also constantly builds up our expectations and, based on his other movies, we think everything will go according to plan only to shatter them and fulfill in them in another way. This, in my opinion, is the way to go because it's both surprising and satisfying.All in all, this movie offers SO much more than most horror sequels. Saw II, even though it was very successful, went in the direction of most horror sequels, focusing more and more on the killings instead of the people involved. Hostel Part II does the opposite, similar to Kill Bill. Fans may be disappointed that the torture scenes are shorter than in the first, but I think Roth handles the material wisely in most instances. And, yes, the girls' story is almost a mirror image of the boys' in the original, but it all feels fresh since we get to watch their journey knowing what's happening every step of the way.The introduction with Jay Hernandez is one of the only things feels like something that's done in a lot of sequels. He should have been given more to do. It wouldn't have been necessary, but it would have been more interesting. His scenes here feel kind of forced, even though they're well done.Oh, and about that ending. I didn't know how to feel at first. Roth has been promising so much. My first words after the movie were, "That wasn't the most shocking ending in history!" But the more I think about it, the more I love it. It's not a twist like I was expecting, although there is a nice twist in the climax. The final scene is very entertaining, however straight-forward it may be. It's still more fun than watching a bunch of billionaires steal money.
Most horror sequels are entertaining but completely unnecessary. Hostel 2 justifies it's existence by elaborating on things fans were curious about and creating a very different tone while keeping the flavor of the original. Hostel bordered on "Rated R teen comedy" before switching gears to "horror/thriller". This sequel is largely a pitch black darkest of dark comedy. The movie certainly contains horror but it is in the form of individual scenes and there is even an overall sense of doom that hovers over the eventual victims that the first movie never had in it's <more>
first act. Even still, the movie is largely a dark comedy; very aware of it's own ability to create uncomfortable laughter. In my opinion, Hostel 2 is a fun movie that delivers the goods and never feels like a rehash. That's all anyone can ask of a sequel.One last bit on it's running time. While every summer blockbuster tries to come in at about 155 min. Hostel 2 comes in at a shade over 90. It's refreshing leaving a movie wanting more rather than thanking Christ the movie is finally over.
I took a nice surprise with this movie (by Argemaluco)
I usually enjoy gore on horror films,but,sometimes,I feel the gore is only used to make us forget we are watching a movie with a weak story.For that thing,I have found too simple a lot of films about the torture of generic characters.The first part of Hostel was one of that films.I liked the special effects and I appreciated director Eli Roth's intention but I was bored during the first 45 minutes and the story was weak.For that thing,I expected very little from Hostel Part 2 but I took a very big surprise with it and I think it's better than the first part and intelligent.The story <more>
sounds similar to the first Hostel but a lot of subtle differences make the second part much better.The characters' development is better and the villains are greatly used.It shows how the torture ''bussiness'' works and we see the clients' disturbing motivations.So,the villains from this film go beyond than the generic villains from the first part.The black humor is very twisted and it culminates on a brilliant ending.The only fail I found on this movie was the tedious scene of a carnival.It was a little bit long and it could have been edited from the movie.Hostel Part 2 is a great horror film,very fun,and much better than the first part.And,the best thing of all,it endorses the gore with an interesting story.
Actually, I thought it rocked! (by Smells_Like_Cheese)
OK, I know people are just going to hate my review after seeing that title, I have a feeling people are going to give this movie a harsh rating just because it is a sequel to Hostel. I know there are not that many fans to the first film, I understand somewhat, it's not for the faint of heart and the first half is like a soft core porno, not to mention the blood and gore that's involved. But I think somewhere down the line it will be a classic cult film. Now for the sequel, I thought, despite a few flaws here and there, I thought it was just as good, maybe even BETTER than the first. <more>
Not the most shocking ending I've ever seen either, but it was a good one.Well, the tables have turned, now we have 3 American girls who are the target of this blood hound club's addiction to torture and death. Two brothers are in this together, one isn't quite sure if he could do it, one is psyched out. One of the girls is a bit naive, one is a total slut, and one is the calm and collected one. But when they are taken by the same people as in the first film falling into the same trap, they soon realize the massive trouble they're in. But I think one of the girls has heard the term "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" a little too much when she realizes what she's in for.There are some massive gory scenes, a warning in advance. I thought that they kinda took an idea, if you ever heard this woman from history, they called her "Countess Blood", I believe, look her up if you do not know what I'm talking about, because there is a scene that is very much like that in Hostel 2. I would only recommend this for fans of the first Hostel, or if you have an open mind, it's not for the faint of heart. It's very gory and very disturbing, but it's a great horror flick with a great ending! 8/10
Two Visits to the Hostel, and hell its better second time! (by simonparker1990)
Hostel was a very flawed movie, made tolerable by the simple fact the main idea about people paying to torture and kill people was a very good one. It was disturbing, and the brief screen time that storyline occupied the movie made it worthwhile. Overall that film was 7/10 movie at best, it was gory, fun and had a great storyline. Yet its characters and the plot surrounding them was a mess. I didn't care less about a group of American college guys going to have lots of sex. Not only were they irritating as hell, but they also never seemed believable. By the time we saw them start dying in <more>
gruesome manners I was practically cheering the killers, it made there irritating mannerisms seem worthwhile as we saw them operated on, beheaded and having half a hand cut off with a chainsaw. I was looking forward to seeing Hostel Part 2 as I was intrigued where Eli Roth would take the story. Would he follow the survivor of the original, or follow a new group of people altogether. The answer is a bit of both, as Paxton does make an appearance, but the major storyline follows a group of girls off to Slovakia to go to a spa. And its with these three lead character Hostel Part 2 succeeds. These three are believable, and actually likable. We have the normal one, the party loving one and also the sweet and considered slightly irritating one. They seem like real people, so by the time the nasty events begin we feel for them. Hostel Part 2 is a rare thing in the horror genre, a sequel that surpasses the original. It might not be as gory in my opinion, but its more horrific, more scary and overall a lot better movie than the original ever was.So let me start off with the cast of the movie, as the cast are surprisingly decent here. As I said the three leads are pretty good, only one who started to grate after a while. We have Lauren German as Beth, she does a great performance here. Its not too showy and it never seems the average dumb idiot girl that's killed off in horror movies. Nor is she the ridiculously kick ass female either, she just seems normal. There's also Heather Matarazzo as Lorna. Now she was my personal favourite of the movie. She's geeky, but she's a genuinely nice person. Her character definitely seems the most believable of the entire movie. The final of the lead girls is Bijou Phillips as Whitney. Now she irritated me at first and after her first few minutes I was waiting anxiously to see her head mounted on a wall and her intestines spilling out everywhere. However her character grew on me, and in the end I found her quite likable, although certainly the least believable. Yet the lead three aren't the best bit of this movie. No what Hostel Part 2 decides to do is show us the killers world, the world of the rich businessmen who auction to kill the people. Its this storyline and the characters that inhabit it that works brilliantly. Roger Bart is the best character and best performer in the movie, I won't spoil anything about his character, he's too good to spoil. He has the best moments in the movie, and I'm glad to see the actor doing more roles. The other supporting cast are pretty great as well, definitely an improvement on the original movie.So what of the gore then, as unfortunately for a lot of people that's what seeing this movie will all be about. Well its hardly gory on the scale of Saw 3 or even Hostel for that matter. So for people going to see this movie foe extreme violence they will probably be a bit disappointed. Only one sequence near the end made me cringe like crazy, the rest seemed pretty tame, although a lot of it still left me disturbed. Especially a sequence involving a scythe and a bath don't ask . Nothing comes close to sickening like the eye ball sequence in the original, all this does is horrify through other means. This movie rather than opting to sicken, decides to unsettle you. And it does that through clever ways. There are no "boo" scares in this movie, you won't jump at all. This works through psychological methods, and a great little touches. The most disturbing and horrifying sequences in the movie follow the actual people who auction to kill the people, its an unusual method to unsettle, but when you see them auctioning at first it creeped me out. Other methods and the actual character inhabiting the world are genuinely frightening, and leaves you a bit nervous. This might not be terrifying for a lot of people, but it is genuinely creepy and a lot more disturbing then the last movie.So what are the faults of this movie as clearly its not a perfect movie hence the 9/10 and not 10/10 . Well if this movie has one fault I'll have to admit its probably the ending, and also the fact some people might complain about the set up a bit, as the set up does take a while. Also the storyline at the start seems a bit superfluous by the end of the movie. Anyway apart from the ending leaving me a bit disappointed and the fact that at least one cast member seemed unnecessary, this is a very good movie, and definitely a superior movie to the original. Whther this does well or not depends on what people are looking for, in terms of gore this won't satisfy the gore hungry fans who've seen Saw 3. But for the people who want a creepy, unsettling and admittedly very well made movie, Hostel Part 2 will not disappoint.
I love this film, It's almost the same storyline as the first, but with female backpackers instead of male backpackers. The characters are very believable and the actors did great. This is one my favorite films, besides of Hostel part 1 of course. It's not an Oscar winning film, but it's very enjoyable to watch. Please, see this movie, it's superb! If you like a great storyline with lots of psychical perspectives, some scary and sick things and lots of blood, than this is the kind of movie you should see...Please, don't believe every bad review, It's not only blood, <more>
gore and bodies ripped open, It's more than that...Don't expect more than the first one, It's the same concept and very...very good!