Who's in It:
Lauren German, Roger Bart, Heather Matarazzo, Bijou Phillips, Richard Burgi
The Basics: First time around, a bunch of guys got themselves tortured and killed to death at the evil Slovakian death-for-kicks factory. This time, it's young women. No spoilers here, but twists all over the place and a kick-in-the-face ending. If you can deal with all the supernasty stuff that director Eli Roth throws up on the screen (and, really, if you don't flinch a little bit, then you're even more horror-jaded than I am), then you'll have a horrible time. I mean that in a good way.
What's the Deal? The first Hostel was, if you were paying attention, a metaphor for America's most-hated-nation status. This one does the same thing. It's sledgehammer political critique, but you can't say it's not committed to its point. Just don't believe the people who attack it for perceived misogyny because it's definitely an equal opportunity gross-out.
Horror Fan Needs Are Met: OK, I'll qualify that. This horror fan's needs were met. (I know how some of you are. You aren't alive if you can't hate the thing you say you love.) Not a huge number of killings, but what does happen is memorable. There are plenty of point-of-impact moments where the camera doesn't cut away from flesh being ripped open (and that's always my pet beef, movies that are too lazy to deliver on the destruction). So, yeah, lots to be grossed out by.
Who You're Looking at: Phillips' hostel hookup guy is Stanislav Ianevski, who played Quidditch champ Viktor Krum in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. One of the torturers is Italian director Ruggero Deodato, who made the insane Cannibal Holocaust. But coolest of all is Italian, sexy movie star Edwige Fenech as an art teacher. In the '60s, '70s and '80s, she appeared in stuff with great titles like Sexy Susan Sins Again, Let It All Hang Out, Your Vice Is a Closed Room and Only I Have the Key and What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing on Jennifer's Body?