I read the worst critics about Hostel 2. I was going through the last Scream Award nominations, and saw Hostel 2 nominated for Most Memorable Mutilation – Eaten alive by cannibal. This surprised me, because it sounds spectacular and I never saw it mentioned anywhere else. So I decided to finally watch the movie.
I must say, its not as boring as the first part.
Everything speaks against the movie. Its a sequel of a goddamn boring pseudo softporn. The critics, no matter if a regular cinema magazine or genre mag, were awful. The cast was bashed, but I didn’t find it that bad. I mean, sure, they all look and act on a meaningless level, there’s no sympathy, no antipathy, nothing. You just sit there and wait for something to happen.
This is already the first positive point: The waiting for blood wasn’t so long. In Hostel, I almost fell asleep 2 or 3 times when those boring guys wasted my time for about an hour, showing off the best railway tracks in Europe. Umm, yeah, I’ve seen them before, live, and it was way more interesting.
So, the waiting in Hostel 2 seemed to be shorter. 3 meaningless females, but no felt 2,5 years of boredom; no travelling scenes or dialogues pulling like bubblegum. Also, the gore was some better. It wasn’t so spectacular, but also not too uncreative.
The countess Bathory thing, pointed out as oh so bad in most reviews, seemed ok as a warm up; I still had high hopes for the cannibal scene. Well, that scene is like 2 minutes and far from what I expected. Same goes for the head football; it was a short scene in a dark forest, like 2 or 3 kicks and that was it. The headshot to the kid? I read that was so bad, too, but oh well, seen it done better, seen it more extreme, seen it done less tasteful.
There are no words to describe the story itself. Its beyond good and evil and shows no creativity at all. Switching from male to female victims wasn’t quite a breakthrough; and even letting one escape and kill the guy who was supposed to kill her… umm, where did I see that before? Right, in Hostel.
Oh well, the movie didn’t live up to the expectations and the scenes that were mostly cut in European cinemas don’t save it. As senseless as the SAW scripts became after Saw 3 – I prefer that a million times.