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Hostel Part II Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

… the camera doesn't cut away from flesh being ripped open … Read full review

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  • 3.0
    46

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today

    The filmmakers behind the "Saw" franchise must love to see a movie like Hostel: Part II.Compared to this Eli Roth fetish video, the "Saw" films are Oscar bait.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The problem with Hostel Part II is the same flaw that afflicted Hostel: no tension.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Roth has managed the rare feat of actually improving on the original.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    An authentic real-world creep show -- better, if anything, than its predecessor.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Gory torture bloodbath checks in for another stay.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this gruesome horror sequel absolutely isn't for kids, even though splatter-loving teens may well want to see it. The movie is full of non-stop images of graphic, bloody deaths. A naked girl is hung upside down and sliced until her blood creates a shower on her murderer (also a nude woman), a man is dissected alive and cannibalized, and other victims are subjected to decapitation, castration, vicious dog attacks, and more. Characters also swear, smoke, drink, and do drugs -- and there are hints of lesbianism -- but all of that plays second fiddle to the grisly torture scenes.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of extreme gore. Why do you think "torture" horror movies are so popular now? Is the movie making any kind of statement about violence in media? If so, what is it? Families can also discuss the murderers' motivation -- namely, to fulfill their own selfish fantasies. Is human nature really that depraved? Does the character who survives become as bad as the killers? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A montage of a "bidding war" for victims reveals that the movie's sadistic secret society has a diverse, affluent international clientele. But there's still a sense that the old-world Eastern European setting and culture somehow brings out traits that are wicked and deadly. A character who escapes may or may not be stained with the murderous spirit.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Gruesome, bloody torture gore. Weapons/implements include power saw, blades, a filthy hypodermic needle, a blowtorch, and dissecting tools. Two decapitations, followed by close ups of the oozing neck stump. A trophy room of severed heads, and a close up of a corpse savaged by dogs. One of the few times the camera turns away is when one character shoots a child to death.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Both male and female nudity, though there's a lot more of the latter than the former (that said, a tortured/severed penis is a prominent prop). Sex is more talk than action here, but there are lesbian overtones.

  • language false5

    Language: Strong, frequent profanity includes "f--k" and "c--t."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Clothing-product labels, liquor brands, and an iPod are most prominent.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters frequently smoke, drink, or go looking for drugs. One snorts cocaine.

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