When i watched the first Hostel movie, the one thing that stuck with me was the immense shock that the nice dude, the one i actually gave a crap about, died. That was such a great twist( its been done in many movies such as Psycho and Scream but the twist still works if set up right). But it still annoyed me that the obnoxious one was the one who survived.
Well my annoyance was soon gone when i saw the first ten minutes of the great sequel Hostel: Part II.
Hostel: Part II is quite simply the original, except the genders have been reversed. This was quite an obvious way to go, i felt. What i didn't see coming was the perspective of the killers given to the viewers. The two American businessmen have just as much screen time as our three main ladies. This was an interesting way to go but it meant less time was spent of developing the three heroines.
These three girls are quite stereotypical characters : The rich nice girl (played by Lauren German), the bitchy slut (played greatly by Bijou Phillips) and the nerdy innocent (Heather Matarazzo). Who do you think has more of a chance of surviving? Your guess will most likely prove to be correct.
Hostel delved deep into the darkest parts of the human mind and indulged in their sick fantasies. Hostel Part II goes deeper into these elements, including a scene where each of the girls are being auctioned off. I half expected to see an 'ebay' sign at the top of the computer screens. This is one of the best scenes in the movie and very creepy as well
And where Hostel had cut off fingers and eyegasms, Hostel Part II, instead of going for complete gore with not much consideration for who was dying, goes for deaths not gory, but rather bloody and distressing or even off screen altogether. Our imaginations run wild as we wonder what fate our heroines met.
Personally, Hostel 1 upset me slightly due to the survival of the annoying character...Hostel: Part II upset me for a whole other reason. The character of Whitney has a rather grisly encounter with a hand held buzz saw...this scene is still stuck permanently in my head and i honestly had trouble shaking it off and this coming from me a true horror movie fan.
All in all I believe that Hostel Part II is more emotional than its predecessor and will hopefully find its wider audience on DVD