June 2nd: Staying a second night.


120. Hostel: Part II (Eli Roth, 2007)

Way back at the beginning of the year I watched and reviewed Hostel and to my surprise I really liked it. The reviews had me believe it was an ignorant and spiteful film. I found it to be quite the opposite. Hostel: Part II continues in much the same blackly comic and intelligent way. Referencing Eastern European myths, such as Countess Báthory, and repeatedly playing on American fears of travelling it also manages an astute bit of commentary on gender politics and capitalism. It’s smart, sick and witty and full of very attractive women.