Hostel Part II

Hostel

Eli Roth (2005)

89min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Writer/director Eli Roth's deft sequel to his 2005 original has increased production values, better character development and a more mature style. Hostel featured male backpackers being tortured for sport, but the genders are switched here, as three young American girls are lured to Slovakia for a spa break. Instead, they find themselves auctioned off as victims to satisfy the sick and violent fantasies of the privileged. The blood flows copiously, but it's the moody evocation of sheer depravity through suggestion that provides most impact, as Roth creates a terrifying atmosphere where the plight of the victims is keenly felt. The hardcore theme of man's inhumanity to man is reinforced by the surprise narrative swerves and some well-judged gallows humour.

Summary

Three American female students are lured to Slovakia for a spa break. They arrive instead at the infamous hostel, where they are abducted and auctioned off to an assortment of sadistic businessmen looking for the chance to indulge their sickest and most violent fantasies. Horror sequel, starring Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo, Bijou Phillips and Roger Bart.

Cast & Crew

Paxton Jay Hernandez
Josh Derek Richardson
Oli Eythor Gudjonsson
Natalya Barbara Nedeljakova
Dutch Businessman Jan Vlasak
Svetlana Jana Kaderabkova
Kana Jennifer Lim
Japanese client Takashi Miike
American client Rick Hoffman
Director Eli Roth
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Mar 2006
Drama