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Hostel: Part II - Preview

Bijou Phillips in Hostel: Part II

Preview by Jack Foley

LAST January, writer/director Eli Roth terrified moviegoers with the blood-drenched Hostel, which catapulted to the top of the box office charts and became the first Number One film of 2006.

One year later, Roth takes us back to where it all began and deeper into the darkest recesses of the human mind.

In Hostel: Part II, three young American girls [played by Bijour Phillips, Heather Matarazzo and Lauren German] traveling in Rome set off for a weekend getaway led by a gorgeous, sophisticated European acquaintance who invites the trio to join her at an exotic natural spa, assuring them they will be able to relax, rejuvenate and bond.

Will the girls find the oasis they are looking for? Or are they poised to become victims for auction, pawns in the fantasies of the sick and privileged from around the world who secretly travel there to savour more grisly pursuits?

Commenting on why he returned to deepest, darkest Slovakia in order to up the ante for horror fans, Roth recently told Total Film magazine.

“The first thing was writing a story about three girls. It’s the difference between hunting a lion and hunting a deer. Someone kills a lion and they say: “Wow, he killed a lion!”

“But if he kills a deer, it’s like: “Awww, he killed Bambi!” Watching girls get tortured is horrible.”

That’s not to say there isn’t violence towards men, some of whom get their just desserts. But this one’s covered in blood from start to finish.

And what’s more, it also takes a look at the torturers themselves and how they get to take part in the sickness. For as well as following the exploits of the three girls, the story also unfolds from the perspective of two American businessman who venture to Europe to indulge their sickest fantasies.

The men in question, for the record, are played by former Desperate Housewives co-stars Roger Bart and Richard Burgi. And yes, Jay Hernandez, the survivor of the original, does return.

Early word on Hostel: Part II suggests Roth has returned with a superior sequel, in spite of the horrors that take place.

The Hollywood Reporter, for example, stated: “With writer-director Roth opting to stick around for the follow-up, he not only assures a certain measure of quality control, but he also has managed the rare feat of actually improving on the original.

Hostel: Part II (those roman numerals really do make it look classier) is a step up in virtually every aspect, from production values to its better focused storytelling and more fully developed characters, while not exactly skimping on all that blood-soaked torture and depravity that made it such a draw in the first place.”

The film opens in UK cinemas at the end of the month (June).

View photos or watch the trailer or read our verdict on the original Hostel