Hostel: Part II

 
Gory torture bloodbath checks in for another stay.
  • Review Date: October 22, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A montage of a "bidding war" for victims reveals that the movie's sadistic secret society has a diverse, affluent international clientele. But there's still a sense that the old-world Eastern European setting and culture somehow brings out traits that are wicked and deadly. A character who escapes may or may not be stained with the murderous spirit.

Violence

Gruesome, bloody torture gore. Weapons/implements include power saw, blades, a filthy hypodermic needle, a blowtorch, and dissecting tools. Two decapitations, followed by close ups of the oozing neck stump. A trophy room of severed heads, and a close up of a corpse savaged by dogs. One of the few times the camera turns away is when one character shoots a child to death.

Sex

Both male and female nudity, though there's a lot more of the latter than the former (that said, a tortured/severed penis is a prominent prop). Sex is more talk than action here, but there are lesbian overtones.

Language

Strong, frequent profanity includes "f--k" and "c--t."

Consumerism

Clothing-product labels, liquor brands, and an iPod are most prominent.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters frequently smoke, drink, or go looking for drugs. One snorts cocaine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this gruesome horror sequel absolutely isn't for kids, even though splatter-loving teens may well want to see it. The movie is full of non-stop images of graphic, bloody deaths. A naked girl is hung upside down and sliced until her blood creates a shower on her murderer (also a nude woman), a man is dissected alive and cannibalized, and other victims are subjected to decapitation, castration, vicious dog attacks, and more. Characters also swear, smoke, drink, and do drugs -- and there are hints of lesbianism -- but all of that plays second fiddle to the grisly torture scenes.

What's the story?

In the first Hostel, an cheap European inn turns into a death trap for a group of college-age wayfarers when they're kidnapped, taken to a grim factory, and sadistically slaughtered by wealthy customers. At the beginning of Part II, Hostel's sole escapee is eliminated by the secret society, whose evil influence turns out to reach worldwide. Their wealthy clients, ensconced in cushy skyscraper offices and corporate boardrooms, bid via Internet and PDA on who gets to have the choicest kill, then fly over to Slovakia to do it. While the first movie's victims were primarily American college guys looking for easy drugs and sex, the sequel's premium prey consists of three female American art students. Wealthy, smart Beth (Lauren German); bookish Lorna (Heather Matarazzo); and party-girl Whitney (Bijou Phillips) are enticed by a slinky European model friend to the familiar Slovakian hostel and a colorful-yet-creepy ethnic festival. Viewers also meet the two American clients who paid to kill the girls: Todd (Richard Burgi), a boisterous, macho clod who can hardly wait to spill blood, and Stuart (Roger Bart), who's more hesitant and uncertain. Hostel barely gave viewers any details about the ordinary-looking sadists patronizing the place, but here Todd speaks eagerly of committing murder as a sort of rite of passage -- it proves that you've got the proverbial eye of the tiger, that you're superior person. He compares taking a life with having sex for the first time.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There's a (feeble) argument to be made that HOSTEL: PART II is a "better" film than the original gore-torture hit. What's "better" about this equally sadistic sequel? This time around, the target audience (the sort of fans who instantly recognize the names of Italian gore-movie icons of the '70s in the supporting cast) are already in on the grisly secret. So rather than waste time going through the motions again, director Eli Roth uses Hostel: Part II to address -- a little bit -- the philosophical rationale for the factory and the working operations of the secret society of murderers that maintains it. But there are still gallons of blood and nonstop ghastly violence -- so viewers who thought the first film was an atrocity won't see many redeeming qualities here, either.

When a nude woman takes a blood shower under the spurting, suspended body of a dying victim, viewers will probably be too grossed out to do much thinking, but on a certain level, these Hostel movies do have a grim message: proposing that human nature really is this dark and depraved. (Stuart, having second thoughts en route to the factory, asks "Are we sick?" Todd responds "We're the normal ones!") Eastern Europe -- with its history full of wars, genocide, and Grimm fairy tales -- is portrayed as a place where recreational torture and death can become a profitable business. The factory, with its snarling dogs and gates, recalls imagery from Holocaust movies like Schindler's List. The American girls are somewhat more gracious visitors than the first film's sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll Yankee guys, but the message seems similar, and more than a little xenophobic: "These foreigners and their ways are different. Staying home is safer."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of extreme gore. Why do you think "torture" horror movies are so popular now? Is the movie making any kind of statement about violence in media? If so, what is it? Families can also discuss the murderers' motivation -- namely, to fulfill their own selfish fantasies. Is human nature really that depraved? Does the character who survives become as bad as the killers? Why or why not?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 8, 2007
DVD release date:October 23, 2007
Cast:Heather Matarazzo, Lauren German, Roger Bart
Director:Eli Roth
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Horror
Run time:96 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sadistic scenes of torture and bloody violence, terror, nudity, sexual content, language and some drug content.

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Kid, 9 years old August 20, 2013
age 9+
 

great

i like hostel
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byRWN April 9, 2014
age 17+
 
R: Strong brutal violence including Disturbing sadistic torture, intense bloody sequences, strong language and for Strong graphic sexuality/nudity
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bychristian2011 January 25, 2013
age 18+
 

Another sadistic and gruesome sequel to the first. Not for anyone under 18.

Like the title in the description, Hostel Pt. 2 contains almost nothing but a group of sadistic psychopaths who pay money in order to brutally torture, mutilate and murder an individual in a restricted hidden chamber found around the United Kingdom. One extremely disturbing scene shows a bare naked young girl hanged upside down and a bathtub beneath her, in which a very attractive young woman walks in, discards her robe, and lays in the bathtub, wielding a scythe. She begins to mutilate the young girl's body by slashing her in the back and finally slits her throat, with blood splattering all over her, and bathes in it. Another grisly scene shows a cannibal who tortures his victim by graphically slicing pieces of his flesh off his leg and consumes it in the background sitting at a dining table. There's also images of the victim's decapitated heads on stakes found in a secret room inside a mansion, some from the past sequel, and a woman is decapitated in the woods, which kids begin playing soccer with the severed head. Extreme horror movie fans or sick minded sociopaths will find this movie fun and exciting to watch.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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