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Hostel: Part II

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gory torture bloodbath checks in for another stay.

Movie R 2007 96 minutes
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age 17+

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age 18+

an OK sequel, but I prefer the first movie

Once I found a DVD of this movie at my local store, I quickly bought it because I wanted to watch it since I loved the first one so much. Once I finished watching it however, it was just MEH. I mean it wasn't terrible but I found the first one a better movie. So many parts kinda just rehashed the first film. As for the gore, some gore parts were good and other gore scenes just felt too corny and stupid. So it's just an OK movie.
age 18+

Even worse than the first!

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It was even more graphic, disturbing, and depressing than its predecessor. Do not watch this if you are not good with depressing endings. It is like they concentrated more on the violence and carnage than an actual story. By far, the only good films directed by Eli Roth that I have seen is his 2002 debut “Cabin Fever”, as well as “Death Wish” and “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”, both from 2018. This movie and its predecessor are both twisted in the sense that wealthy people actually pay money to torture and kill young people who are still in their youth in this one evil, demented hostel depicted in the series. It was difficult to understand how two characters in particular had good hearts and were scared about the circumstances they were in, but suddenly turned on the evil side. It is possible to say that the main character, Beth, who was planned to be tortured and executed by Stuart did what she did in an understandable way. She seemed evil toward her enemy at the time, but after giving it some thought, but that may have been because of how terrorized she was prior to her likely execution, and that was ultimately why she made Stuart bleed to death. She seemed evil, but she was actually giving her enemy a taste of his own medicine and showing no mercy. The conclusion is extremely graphic when a character is led to bleed to death in the worst possible way, and even though it is what he deserved, it is still extremely upsetting. The first movie was much better made and even though I did not particularly like the first movie, it was excellent compared to this poorly-made, disgusting second installment.

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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."

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 8, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: October 23, 2007
  • Cast: Heather Matarazzo , Lauren German , Roger Bart
  • Director: Eli Roth
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Gay actors
  • 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.
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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