The biggest problem is that it is basically the same plot as the first film, apart from the subplot with Todd and Stuart, which - although funny at times - is quite laboured. Since we know what is coming, all the signposting along the way makes the next surprise blatantly obvious. Twists and surprises are mostly rendered impotent, so it sinks to the sadism and gore to entertain.
The torture set pieces are once again the most lovingly constructed parts of the film and shine compared to the rest, as if Eli Roth were asleep during the filming of everything except the violence. As a horror fan, I must admit that I took some guilty pleasure in all the gore and bloodletting, although compared to the bleak tone and sheer nastiness of the equivalent scenes in the first movie, they are pretty easy to laugh off. (One particularly detailed death looks as though it was plucked straight out of a Cradle of Filth or Marilyn Manson music video.)
Despite being somewhat entertained by the over-the-top gore, the plot of Hostel: Part II is just too stupid, unlikely, and frankly lazy, to really get into. It ends up being more of a teenage horror than genuinely disturbing. If you’re impressed by it, do yourself a favour, and check out Wolf Creek, Bloodsucking Freaks, or Salo, for something truly nasty.
As many other recent horror outings have been so dismal and thrill-free, I can recommend it to fans, but it’s doubtful many other people will enjoy it.
- Ivan Sadler
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