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Hostel: Part II (2007) ★★★★

Hostel: Part 2


Each year, over 10,000 people in America are killed with firearms. Approximately 2,000 more are stabbed to death. Americans…they have no imagination.

Three American college students studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it.


My plans were to watch Hostel: Part II and be done with the series. Especially after my viewing and lackluster review of Part I. Now, I’m locked in for more, as the sequel proved to be a far superior film. Hostel: Part II trumped the first in the series in everything. More creative kills. Better characterization as you really saw both journeys to the Slovakian hostel: the killers and the victims. Quite an enhancement of the plot and twists. Yes, Hostel II was just better. Which is odd for sequels, but there are always exceptions to the rule.

Am I going to hate Part III? Most likely. But this movie really got into the bone chilling business of the murder factory. It displayed some personalities behind the scenes. It connected to the first by finishing some loose ends, then elevated the franchise. While the first really only yielded one memorable moment (Rick Hoffman as The American Client), the second had numerous scenes. And it was all tied together effectively because you actually got to know both the killers and victims beforehand. The first kill, as glimpsed on the poster, will stick with you. Because of the character who gets killed and how it goes down.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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