With Cabin Fever (2002) and Hostel (2005), Eli Roth has
proved himself an expert at giving 70s grindhouse horror a contemporary
satirical spin: the latter movie cleaned up at the box office with its
bowel-twisting scares but also mercilessly tweaked the crass, ignorant
American tourists who make the world their playground. Like the original,
Hostel: Part II is impressive for its smooth foreshadowing,
flawless pacing, and eerie use of sound, though you may have to be a
gorehound to appreciate its grisly torture-porn sequences. Roth's dark
humor and lacerating view of human weakness sometimes suggest George
Romero; what he lacks is Romero's stubborn belief in personal morality.
With Jay Hernandez, Lauren German, Bijou Phillips, and Heather Matarazzo.
Director: Eli Roth
Writer: Eli Roth
Producer: Chris Briggs, Mike Fleiss and Eli Roth
Cast: Lauren German, Bijou Phillips, Roger Bart, Richard Burgi, Vera Jordanova, Heather Mattarazzo, Stanislav Ianevski and Milan Knazko