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Leanne

I haven't watched either film yet (my guy friend said Hostel 1 was the bloodiest movie he's ever seen) but I saw the trailer and how the announcer said the ending to Hostel 2 was "shocking" as the man took the bag off the chick's head. Wouldn't it have been cool if the last girl tied up was face to face with her FATHER ready to do the murdering? Freudian all over it!

Karmi

Wow. Leanne, I thought the same thing when I saw the trailers...I think that would have been much better.

Crescent

See this is why this is my favorite blog. I'm a giant pussy about seeing horror films but LOVE reading about them...especially when the writer is articulate, funny and thoughtful. Kick ass as always.

PS - What movie is the new banner pic from?

MizoFizo

I have yet to see Hostel II but after reading your review, I must. I really enjoyed part 1 because I think the torture made me forget about the crap bits of the film.

I really have to get around to seeing Cannibal Holocaust. I don't think it's going to be as bad as it seems. Oddly, I think the hardest part for me to watch would be the spider killing. Spiders = Ew. I could watch genital mutilation for days though...

Nancy

Way to make something "intellectual" that is nothing but disgusting and glorifies rape and torture. And that goes for the first movie as well. I'm disappointed in you.

Audrey

Nancy: preach it, sister!

LaSexorcisto

While I agree with Nancy about the fact that you might be looking for something meaningful where it probably isn't, what's with this "I'm disappointed in you" nonsense? I don't think Rich is here to please or disappoint you. Get off the high horse.

Jessica

I love your analysis of gender in Hostel 2 and the horror-porn genre. I am a gender studies major in college right now and always interested in hearing about other people's interpretations of gender in our culture. I believe, however, that the use of naked, submissive females throughout a film in addition to implying that the source of their deaths is in their "female" desires to attend a spa actually implies that if females stopped being concerned with their femininity and chose empowerment instead (i.e. metaphorically cutting off penises) that perhaps women would enjoy a higher gender status.

I don't know, just throwing some ideas around. I loved your post! Keep up the fun blog topics! :)

Jessica

I love your analysis of gender in Hostel 2 and the horror-porn genre. I am a gender studies major in college right now and always interested in hearing about other people's interpretations of gender in our culture. I believe, however, that the use of naked, submissive females throughout a film in addition to implying that the source of their deaths is in their "female" desires to attend a spa actually implies that if females stopped being concerned with their femininity and chose empowerment instead (i.e. metaphorically cutting off penises) that perhaps women would enjoy a higher gender status.

I don't know, just throwing some ideas around. I loved your post! Keep up the fun blog topics! :)

Jessica

I love your analysis of gender in Hostel 2 and the horror-porn genre. I am a gender studies major in college right now and always interested in hearing about other people's interpretations of gender in our culture. I believe, however, that the use of naked, submissive females throughout a film in addition to implying that the source of their deaths is in their "female" desires to attend a spa actually implies that if females stopped being concerned with their femininity and chose empowerment instead (i.e. metaphorically cutting off penises) that perhaps women would enjoy a higher gender status.

I don't know, just throwing some ideas around. I loved your post! Keep up the fun blog topics! :)

Joe

The banner is from "I Spit On Your Grave" - girl just tore up a rapist in the motorboat propeller. He deserved it!

Crescent

Thank you Joe! That makes sense why I didn't recognize it because...again I say...I am a giant movie pussy.

KP

I don't know enough about the director to know if this is intelligent or if it is, as Nancy says, simple glorification of rape and torture. I do know that I simply cannot watch this movie. I don't understand how brutalizing, dehumanizing, and violating a woman is sexy or is "sex". It wasn't a turn-on to watch the men in Hostel I being tortured. Torture-porn? It is something I simply cannot wrap my brain around. I am glad you wrote the review so that I don't have to wonder whether I should see the movie - and I think it was a great review.

Lisa

While your analysis is well thought out and interesting, in the end - crap is crap.

I haven't seen Hostel II and do not plan to as I found the first film to be absolutely excruciating to watch. And I don't mean because of the gore, violence, etc. as I'm a gore-junkie at heart. I meant because it was a TERRIBLE movie. It was poorly plotted, extremely predictable, unoriginal and featured some of the most annoying main characters I've ever seen in a film. I think Eli Roth likes to come off as someone turning torture films into "art", but really, they are just crappy filmmaking. Oh sure, it can be analyzed from the viewpoint of gender issues and what not, but that still doesn't make it a good film and I'm going to wager a guess the same goes for the sequel. (But I can't say, because like I said -- haven't seen it.) The first film was so bad, we were only about 25 minutes in and had to have a discussion about whether we were going to walk out or not. I also thought Roth's Cabin Fever was pretty wretched as well.

The only thing Eli Roth has ever made that I have enjoyed is the Thanksgiving trailer in Grindhouse. And as it was pointed out to me by my friend when we were watching it, it's probably because it was only 2 minutes long. I'm sure I could find 2 minutes of Hostel or Cabin Fever that I liked too, but not an entire feature film.

lashley

I'm totally into your analysis of this movie, but I think you should be a little more conscious of using the right terms in the right places when talking about (variously) gender, sexuality, femininity and biology. (Example: I agree it's their femininity (or gender cliches) that get them into trouble, but the strung up girl was forced to display her biology, her gender maybe, but her femininity? Only if we are assuming helplessness or victimhood is inherently culturally 'feminine', which I don't think you are) It would make your kick-ass commentary even better.

Patrick

Wow, Heather Matarazzo must hate the human race a whole lot. First, she works with Todd Solondz, arguably the most human-unfriendly director ever, and now Eli Roth, arguably the most inhuman director ever. She's a great actress, it's too bad she has to hang around with talentless, dippy Bijou Phillips for any length of time, especially for this kind of drek.

LaSexorcisto

Eli Roth had a great debut with "Cabin Fever" but I think he's a little too in love with how clever he thinks he is. The fact is, there is talent there but this kind of horror movie has just been done to death, and Rob Zombie and Alexander Aja are better at it.

p.

KP: I'm not sure if this is exactly what you meant, but I don't think "torture porn" is meant to refer to "sexy" depictions of torture; at least, I understand it as excessive/gratuitous depictions of torture to the point where the torture plays the same role as sex in a porno. And now "torture" sounds funny to me. (Sorry if I misread your post and am just stating something obvious here...)

matt

Hi Patrick, I'm going to say something totally unoriginal and true in response to your criticism of Matarazzo, Solondz and Roth: don't kill the messenger.

Patrick

Hi Matt! So who's the messenger, and what's the message?

Nancy

I'm disappointed in his analysis. He may not "be here" to disappoint or please me, but since his analysis is public, I'm free to be displeased or disappointed.

Rich, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and sometimes a sick fuck is just a sick fuck.

LaSexorcisto

Nancy: Gotcha. I guess I just didn't get from your first post that it was a simple difference of opinion vs. a scolding. Are you a fan of horror movies in general? I definitely feel you on your last statement. "Suspiria" was gore-as-art. The "Hostel" movies are just uncomfortable and trashy, even compared to the "Saw" trilogy.

Tanya

Rich, I'm suprised you didn't mention the really overt lesbian overtones in this film. I was intrigued to find that the final girl, Beth,seemed to be totally gay.Like, Portia Di Rossi style. She wasn't interested in a single guy for entirity of the film. And on top of this, there was the serious lesbian eye fucking at the beginning during the art class. And then this flirting led Axel to become interested in manipulating Beth and her friends into going to the spa/slaughter house. Plus Axel was really touchy feely with Beth, and girlfriend didn't mind at all, is all I'm saying.
In true "enlightened" young male style, in the end, the kick ass lesbian kills the evil misogynist by ripping of his penis. Original and bloody!
Seriously, though, the Hoyay in this film is a sight to behold, with not even a whiff of hawt girl on girl exploitation or any other related grossness.
Too bad it's complete dreck, though.

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