Early Hostel 2 Reviews: Better Than The First!
by Alex Billington
May 31, 2007
The sequel to Eli Roth's Hostel, Part II, from early in 2005 will be debuting in theaters the following weekend, on June 8th, and is poised to be quite a shocker, both at the box office and on screen. The first one, although not highly regarded by many, was a fresh new look at gore and torture in the horror genre. This latest sequel is supposed to be a step above and beyond that, and writer-director Eli Roth has pulled out all the stops to deliver.
The first ever screening occurred last night in San Francisco and a couple of other websites were there in attendance. Normally I don't make an effort to point out early reviews and feedback like this, but given that this film needs a bit of encouragement (and Eli Roth told everyone at the screening to mention it), I thought I'd point out these two very positive first reviews.
The first is from our good friend Peter Sciretta over at SlashFilm, where he gives the film a 7/10 and states, "This film shows Roth’s growth as a cinematic horror director. There were some shots and sequences that impressed me immensely." Eli Roth was also at the screening and encouraged him to break all rules and post the review early to get the good word out. I also heard directly from Peter myself over the phone after he got out of the screening that he "loved it" and possibly would even say it was better than the first.
The second review comes from Michael Guillen at TwitchFilm, who also praises the film. Here's a brief excerpt from his review: "Hostel 2 takes everything I found offensive about Hostel and ups the ante, becoming even more outrageous and, in the process, somehow funnier and—dare I say it?—more enjoyable. Perfectly pitched to the extreme, Hostel 2 emerges unabashedly camp and this is why it's a better movie than its predecessor." Another great bit of early feedback from a fairly anticipated big summer horror movie.
If these two very positive reviews don't happen to excite you at all, than you're probably not a horror genre fan or even remotely interested. However after hearing all of this good news, I'm looking forward to Hostel 2 quite a bit. There's not that much blood and gore to look forward to this summer (just big explosions and laughs), but this one may put a dark damper on the summer nights.
Keep watch for more Hostel 2 updates and to let us know what you think next Friday, June 8th, once it hits theaters.