Criminal Minds – Legacy
Dear Eli Roth,
please watch Criminal Minds, season 2, episode 22 “Legacy” before you dare to think about another Hostel sequel. This episode, not half the run time of one Hostel part, does everything right that you did wrong. I highly recommend to watch it along with Darren Lynn Bousman, because he can learn a damn lot for upcoming Saw sequels, too.
Where you lost track and simply tried to get close ups of mutilations that turn out to be disappointing in the end, this episode goes just far enough to leave the viewer enough room for own disgusting interpretations. I have never seen a regular crime show episode that features more blood and gore than this one. And it is perfect this way. There are close ups of a woman robbing on all fours through a room with broken glass, yes. There is the atmosphere of permanent danger. There is everything you missed in Hostel 1, Hostel 2, Saw 4 and Saw 5. Especially in comparison to Saw 4 and 5, you can learn a lot.
In Saw, the investigation from the police side was unrealistic and confusing. In Criminal Mind, it makes sense. In Hostel, you tried to leave your killer(s) faceless to make them scarier, and failed. No-one even cared about them. In Criminal Minds, the killer is faceless and still truly evil and scary.
Both Hostel movies are boring to no end. Saw 4 and 5 are a sad attempt to continue a legacy, which ended in plots and twists beyond logic.
This Criminal Minds episode feels like watching a damn good slasher movie, and should be an example for both of you.
Thanks for your attention.