H O S T E L : P A R T I I
Hostel, but with women.
Reader, I had to close my eyes. Hostel: Part II unfortunately knows exactly what it's doing, and what it's doing is: hey, you know how tough it was to watch those bros get tortured and dismembered in Hostel? Imagine like, whoa, how much harder it would be to watch that happen to ladies. That's it; that's the plot, and goddammit, they're right. Part II focuses more on the audacity of what it's doing, and the vulnerability of women in the world we live in. It also focuses - incorrectly, I'm afraid - on the larger narrative at play, opening with the torture-tourist organization tracking down the survivor of the first film at his home, and getting into the weeds of how it actually operates with one of the greasiest and most disgusting, yet thoroughly, disturbingly, disarmingly normal male villains ever seen on film. This is a film that understands why someone would want to kill women, while at the same time being honest about who those people are, and how badly we want to see that person brought low, with the boot on their neck. I'm hesitant to label Hostel: Part II as "feminist" (that's not a label I will allow myself to apply (he said, bringing it up anyway)) but I can say with some degree of confidence that despite its prolonged meditation on female suffering, it's (probably) not misogynist.
CAST + CREW
Director: Eli Roth (Death Wish,
The House with a Clock in its Walls)
Cast: Lauren German (It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine.,
What We Do Is Secret)
Bijou Phillips (Choke, It's Alive, What We Do Is Secret)
Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse,
The Princess Diaries, Strike! aka. All I Wanna Do)
Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust,
Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man)
CONTENT (spoilered; highlight for warnings)
violence against women, Violence Against Women, VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, drugging committed against women in a party environment, misogyny, bloodletting, sexual assault, decapitation, restraint and torture, castration
CAREER STATS [on a scale from 1 (least) to 10 (most)]
You are not PERMITTED to enjoy this. STOP IT.
I never stopped breathing, but I did stop watching!
While less nightmarish, it's far more brutally real.
"Hey Deanna! Do you like watching ladies get slaughtered?"
Cannibal Holocaust, The Green Inferno, Aftermath (1994)
[WARNING: Aftermath (dir: Nacho Cerdà) is the most graphic and intense film I have ever failed to watch. I have never managed to see it all the way through. While I do draw a line from its content to Hostel, I cannot in good conscience """recommend""" it to someone who is not already thoroughly desensitized and absolutely ruined by extreme horror. You have been warned.]