1 hour, 33 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for sadistic scenes of torture and bloody violence, terror, nudity, sexual content, language and some drug content.
Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Hostel Part II: The Next Level featurette; The Art of KNB Effects featurette; Production design featurette; Hostel Part II: A Legacy of Torture international television special; Blood & guts gag reel; "The Treatment" radio interview with Eli Roth; Commentary with director Eli Roth; Commentary with director Eli Roth, executive producer Quentin Tarantino and associate producer Gabriel Roth; Commentary with Eli Roth, Lauren German, Vera Jordanova and Richard Burgi.
Lauren German ... Beth
Heather Matarazzo ... Lorna
Bijou Phillips ... Whitney
Roger Bart ... Stuart
Richard Burgi ... Todd
Vera Jordanova ... Axelle
Jay Hernandez ... Paxton
Jordan Ladd ... Stephanie
Three young American art students, Beth (Lauren German "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"), Whitney (Bijou Phillips "Almost Famous"), and Lorna (Heather Matarazzo "Welcome to the Dollhouse") are taking off for a weekend trip when they run into a beautiful model (Finnish actress Vera Jordanova) from one of their classes on her way to an exotic destination. They take her advice and change their plans to go to a spa in Slovakia. Of course, if you have seen the first Hostel you know that the girls are headed not to a spa but to a torture chamber, where wealthy customers pay for the privilege of murdering for the thrill of it.
Meanwhile the film focuses on Stuart (Roger Bart - TV's "Desperate Housewives") and Todd (Richard Burgi "Fun with Dick and Jane"), two American suburbanites who have travelled thousands of miles from home to kill a couple of girls they bought in an international auction. Tension steadily builds as writer-director Eli Roth ("Hostel" Part I") cuts back and forth between the killers and their unsuspecting victims. When the two stories intersect for the first time it's absolutely chilling, and when they collide head-on at the climax it makes for one of the most outrageous and entertaining gross-out endings in the history of American slasher movies.
The heroines are more complex and sympathetic than the horny guys from the first movie. The fact that we know what is in store for the girls doesn't make their plight any less frightening, and because we like them so much, we're more emotionally invested in their fate. Beth, Whitney, and Lorna have more dimension than the victims in the first movie, and when their vacation goes horribly wrong the effect is as sad as it is scary. Throughout the movie Roth deftly juggles tones, moving from comedy to horror to genuine emotional resonance and back again. It's a more confident film than the original,because Roth takes his time and goes for short, concentrated bursts of horror rather than the gory torture sequences that filled the first Hostel. Part II is a step up in virtually every aspect, from production values to its more focused storytelling and more fully developed characters, plus an even greater variety of violence. If you can take it, this is gripping entertainment