2007   USA Hostel 2
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Director:Eli Roth
Studio:Sony Pictures
Writer:Eli Roth, Eli Roth
IMDb Rating:5.3 (37,025 votes)
Awards:3 nominations
Duration:95 min
Eli Roth  ...  (Director)
Eli Roth, Eli Roth  ...  (Writer)
Lauren German  ...  Beth
Roger Bart  ...  Stuart
Heather Matarazzo  ...  Lorna
Bijou Phillips  ...  Whitney
Richard Burgi  ...  Todd
Vera Jordanova  ...  Axelle
Jay Hernandez  ...  Paxton
Jordan Ladd  ...  Stephanie
Milan Knazko  ...  Sasha
Edwige Fenech  ...  Art Class Professor
Stanislav Ianevski  ...  Miroslav
Patrik Zigo  ...  Bubblegum Gang Leader
Zuzana Geislerov√°  ...  Inya
Ivan Furak  ...  Big Guard
Monika Malacova  ...  Mrs. Bathory
Milan Chadima  ...  Cinematographer
George Folsey Jr.  ...  Editor
Brad E. Wilhite  ...  Editor
Summary: With repulsion levels at least comparable to Cannibal Holocaust, Herschell Gordon Lewis'Blood Feast, and other gory slasher landmarks, Eli Roth's Hostel 2 reconfigures ideas of violence to test how down and dirty a horror film can get. The film raises the stakes, leaving those who wish to make a sicker film out in the lurch for the time being. This sequel, like the first Hostel, is set in and around a Slovakian factory where European students are kidnapped, tortured, and killed by rich businessmen who pay enormous sums to experience death firsthand. An international elite, all tattooed with a bulldog insignia, bid on young people to slaughter in a mob-organized, high-end, sex-slave trade catering to those with a death fetish. In Hostel 2, three girls from Rome, Beth (Laura German), Whitney (Bijou Phillips), and Lorna (Heather Matarazzo), are lured to Slovakia by a sultry, vampiric hottie (Vera Jordonova) who modeled for them in figure drawing class. Sidetracked and disoriented by some Pagan Slovakian festivals and luxurious hot springs, the girls slip away one by one, until the film moves inside the torture chambers. One client sits in a bathtub beneath her victim, who she slices with a scythe to bathe in blood, Elizabeth Bathory-style. Body parts fly as clients entering the facilities select their weapons of choice in a room full of knives, power tools, and rubber clothing. As ridiculous as it sounds, haunting soundtrack and cinematography set a disturbing mood. Morbid humor, for example when a chainsaw unplugs centimeters from a victim's face, pays homage to Hostel 2's schlocky predecessors. Fortunately, one survivor remains, providing an ounce of vengeful, and sexy, satisfaction. As in the best exploitation films, gratuitous sex and violence are the norm here. What will be a warning to some to avoid this gruesome movie will be to others a cue to head straight to the theater. --Trinie Dalton

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