Hostel: Part II for Day 14

Hostel: Part II remains the superior Hostel of the Hostel Movie Franchise. It is rare for a sequel to overcome its predecessor, and yet here we are. Hostel: Part II focuses on three American women studying art in Rome who are persuaded to go to Slovakia by their new drawing model. Then, of course, suspicious events begin to happen at every turn.

Hostel: Part II really leans into what they know the viewers came for — gruesome, bloody, tortuous deaths with a sprinkling of revenge and nothing else. And it delivers oh so well. We get a line-up of deaths that reinforce the idea that the rich consider the poor as consumable products. For the right fee the wealthy can bathe in blood like it’s the newest, or oldest (I’m looking at you Countess Bathory), beauty product. They can eat the poor in a candlelit chamber with classical music on in the background. They can literally do whatever they want as long as the end result is death.

As gory as the Hostel movies are, you cannot ignore the commentary on wealth, power, and class. We see the Americans kidnapped have their perceived power destroyed in the most painful way. They all enter Slovakia with the idea of going there to spend a small amount of money for a whole lot of fun. This is a common exchange with tourists from countries like the United States because the transactions are based on an economy of exploitation and unstable governments and economies.

Each group from the first two movies encounter locals and their treatment of those locals directly affect their chances of escape. The first movie allows the one who gave back to the children to live. In Hostel: Part II the women do not give anything to the children with the result of the children and the travelers being punished. Fortunately for Beth, one of the American women, she has enough personal capital to free herself from this specific cycle of exploitation.

*On a side note, Whitney just wanted to have some mutually consenting fun with another traveler named Morislav. Let’s just say that neither of them get what they want.

This movie actually did make me rethink traveling. Covid-19 has made it easier to forget the advantages and privileges I have. I don’t want to be a part of the demand that forces someone to take a physical part in a pandemic economy just because I’m tired of the same four walls. Things are really messed up in the world, and I don’t want to do an unnecessary act that could result in another person’s death.

Things I learned:

  1. If someone in poverty asks you for money, don’t offer them a smint.
  2. Don’t cancel reservations just because a good looking stranger suggests you do something else.
  3. Don’t go off alone at night in a boat with a person you don’t know in a place you don’t know. What would your exit strategy be?
  4. Find out the reputation of the place you’re visiting.
  5. Be rich. If you have any leads on this one, leave them in the comments.

Bonus Fun:

I watched the bonus content and the director Eli Roth said he heard complaints about the female nudity in Hostel. Even though he didn’t think the amount of female nudity was a problem he added more male nudity so it wouldn’t be a problem in the second one. (Yes, he actually said this.) Then he proceeded to triple the amount of female nudity in Hostel: Part II. I don’t even know where to start with this, so I won’t. What I will say is that the horror movie genre has certainly grown in the last 13 years, and it’s better for it.

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