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Hostel 2Well if you thought Eli Roth couldn't possibly outgross himself following the release of Hostel, you would be very wrong indeed. This time its the turn of 3 American girls, Beth (Lauren German), Lorna (Heather Matarazzo) and Whitney (Bijou Philips) who are studying art at the university of Rome, when they decide to go backpacking across Europe for an end-of-term holiday.

On the train they bump into a fellow college mate, Axelle (Vera Jordanova), who suggests they visit her home town of Bratislava in Slovakia, which has a very 'accommodating' hostel. Of course, no sooner do they arrive they begin to realise the hostel is just a front for something more sinister. Particularly when Lorna goes off on a romantic boat ride with one of the locals and fails to return (damnit, if you're in a horror film and someone asks if you want to go on a 'romantic' boat ride, NEVER say yes).

Anyway, captured and bundled off to the old factory we saw in the previous film, the 3 find themselves being subjected to various methods of sadistic torture at the hands of wealthy business folk who have a strange idea of entertainment. But when one of the torturers suffers a crisis of conscience, could this be the break they need to escape?

Though upping the blood and gore to levels beyond the previous, the film is not actually a non-stop blood bath, but still has its fair share of 'ouch' moments. Without spoiling the plot, there's one torture scene that would have made  "Countess Elizabeth Bathory" blush and I seem to recall there wasn't a single man in the cinema who didn't squirm during the death scene of one of the torturers near the end (you can leave that to your imagination).

If you liked the original you should like this, though if your a fan of Disney films you might not like to see what happens to Heather Matarazzo's character. Look out for cult Italian director Ruggero Deodato, who has a small role as a cannibalistic client.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The films budget was $10,000,000.

  • Italian actor Luc Merenda and Italian actress Edwige Fenech both came out of retirement to play the respective roles of the Italian detective and the art class lecturer. Roth had met them on a previous publicity tour and being fans of their earlier films wrote the parts specially for them.

  • A model of director Eli Roth's head can be seen in the "Trophy Room" scene.

  • The person we see being electrocuted on a metal rack in one of the torture rooms was played by Italian journalist Riccardo Trombetta, a friend of the director's, who helped him to get Edwige Fenech, Luc Merenda and Ruggero Deodato to appear in the film.

  • When Beth is looking round Axelle's room in the mansion, there is a picture of her posing with Natalya and Svetlana, the two girls from the previous film who Paxton (Jay Hernandez) runs over at the end.

  • The people we see chained up in the holding room with Whitney (Bijou Philips) were actually the personal assistants of the director, producer and crew.

  • It took 2 nights worth of shooting to film the entire "blood bath" scene. The director had to shoot very short takes of 3-4 mins each so that the actress wasn't suspended upside down for long periods. No body doubles were used for this and Heather Matarazzo practised on a yoga rig for several weeks in order to get used to being hoisted upside down.

  • Lauren German also played the "hitchhiker" in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.

  • The film was cut to get an R rating in the US, all international theatrical versions were the same as the cut US theatrical version. The original uncut version was later released on DVD.

  • The German censors insisted on cutting a further 1 min from the theatrical version in order to give it an FSK18 rating. The German DVD release marked "extended version", was of the unrated US version, but was cut by 7s in order to get a SPIO/JK rating (whatever that means). Though not fully uncut, it was still gorier and more complete than the theatrical version released there.

  • The UK DVD marked "extended version" is the same as the uncut US unrated DVD

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