A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Strong, frequent profanity includes "f--k" and "c--t."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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."
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