Eli Roth

WEIRDO’WEEN #02: HOSTEL Part II [2007]

You know, one thing I have always wanted to do is travel to different parts of the world. I’ve always been attracted to the idea of going cities/towns that aren’t familiar to me, and the idea of disappearing into a crowd – and getting the chance to be completely unrecognizable to those around me – is pretty damn awesome. I’d love to go somewhere that has a different meal plan than my own, and getting to try all sorts of things that I wouldn’t be able to try otherwise; even ideas like being shoved into a bullet-train in Japan, or taking a ride one of those boat things in Prague during the sunset sounds so exciting, and so different.. But you know what’s not awesome? [but certainly “different”] Being convinced to go somewhere you don’t know just because some hot European woman told you to, being kidnapped and tied up, and ultimately; torturedslowly. At least, that’s what happens to Beth, Whitney, and Lorna in today’s weirdo’ween edition of Hostel: Part II. I’m going to warn you now, this particular review is long.. like a lot longer than my usual reviews. If you can handle a lot of reading. Let’s move on!

I actually really like Hostel – at least, the first two films – for their story telling. [we don’t talk about Hostel: Part III] I feel like they’re more than torture-porn, – which they get a lot of flack for – I like their story telling, the explanation that the real monsters are the ordinary/everyday people around us. To me, that is scary and knowing that being in an unfamiliar place; anything can happen. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed Hostel, but I’ve always preferred it’s sequel, Hostel: Part II, just a little bit more. Probably because we get more of a back story to how the Elite Hunting Club really works.

weird'oween-#2The film opens up with the lone survivor of the first Hostel film, Paxton, in a hospital being “treated” for his wounds that happened roughly a week before. While in the hospital, the Doctors are all asking questions involving the ones who “did this to him”. As he’s answering the questions as truthfully as he can remember, he starts noticing them whispering to one another, and he starts questioning if these “doctors” are truly the good people they come off as. Good thing Paxton seems to be good at reading people, cause when he mentions the tattoo that the Elite Hunting Club members all had, the head doctor rolls up his sleeve asking; Did it look like this? Paxton wakes up, and it was all a dream – but it’s seemingly obvious that he’s mentally disturbed from the whole thing. His girlfriend, Stephanietries to convince him to talk to someone but he won’t have any of it, explaining that “these people are tied into everybody“. The very next morning Stephanie wakes up to an empty bed [Paxton stayed awake after his nightmare, I guess?] only to discover his headless body seated at the kitchen table with their cat licking the blood from his neck.. [talk about ‘no strings left untied’!] Meanwhile, in Slovakia, a seemingly mysterious package is delivered to Sasha, who we learn is the head honcho of the Elite Hunting Club. From the reaction of Sasha‘s bloodhounds and the approximate size of the box, it’s pretty well assumed that this package had Paxton‘s head in it, which would explain why it wasn’t rolling on the floor or anything in his home.

We are then flash forwarded to Italy, where American art students Beth, Whitney, and Lorna are approached by the beautiful Axelle, a nude model they are sketching during what looks like an outdoor, free to join-like class, to join her on a vacation to a luxurious spa in Slovakia. The four decide travel by train to a small Slovakian village and check into the local hostel, [which, if you’ve seen the first film, it’s the exact same one] where the desk clerk [the same, creepy clerk from the previous film] takes their information for their night, and the girls go to their respective rooms. It’s only after they’re out of camera shot, that the desk clerk goes to a restricted area of the Hostel, and uploads their passport photos to an auction website, where it’s we see American businessman Todd bid on Whitney and Beth for himself and his passive best friend Stuart as their victims for their murder-vacation. I found this to be extremely important, because it shows us that there’s so much more to what we saw in Hostel – in Hostel: Part II, we see how the “bets” are placed, and how the information gets there..

Later that night, at the village’s “Harvest Festival”, Lorna learns that Beth has inherited a vast fortune from her mother, who died when she was young. Stuart approaches Beth and the two share a friendly, but awkward, conversation. An intoxicated Lorna leaves to go on a boat ride with her new friend Roman, a charismatic local, who ends up using her only to kidnap her with the help of two accomplices. A local of the village is seen walking up to Beth and asks her for a dance, which she declines. He responds with I could have helped you. Although Beth doesn’t understand, he walks away and afterward the creepy Hostel’s clerk from earlier approaches and tells her He won’t bother you anymore. Eventually, Beth and Whitney leave the party, meanwhile Axelle volunteers to stay behind and wait for Lorna to get back from her boat ride.

The next morning after waking up, the three girls [Lorna is still not back] decide to head to the spa to relax in the hot springs. Basking in the relaxing atmosphere, Beth is able to fall somewhat at ease [finally!] and dozes off, leaning against the side of the pool. Flash to a now naked and gagged Lorna is seen shackled by her ankles and hanging upside down in a large – and empty – room, where a woman named [but implied] Mrs. Bathory enters, promptly undresses herself, and lies just beneath where Lorna is hanging. She then slowly kills Lorna by slashing her several times with a long scythe and bathing in her blood, then ending it by slitting her throat with a sickle!

Back at the spa, Beth finally awakens, only to find herself alone. [and her belongings stolen] As she looks for her friends, she notices two or three men approaching her. Fearing for her life, she climbs over the walls of the spa enclosure. Making her escape, she is ambushed by The Bubblegum Gang, the same gang of violent street children that appeared in Hostel. [so many throwbacks to the first film, I love it!] Before they are able to attack her though, Axelle and Sasha casually appear and ward them off. Axelle escorts a flustered but now relieved Beth to the vehicle they drove over in. With Axelle and Beth now off screen, Sasha confronts the children.. He comes off as extremely angered, since they “got in the way” of his “business operations.” Wait, what? As punishment, and to warn against future “interruptions”, Sasha draws out his gun and has one of the children brought forward before him. Sasha then puts a silencer on the handgun and kills the kid. Naturally, the rest of the gang runs! After arriving at Sasha‘s mansion, Beth slowly comes to realize that Sasha and Axelle are the ones responsible for her friends’ disappearances. This became obvious after noticing the men who tried to kidnap her at the spa coming up the stairs of Sasha‘s home. Like anyone in a situation like this, she tries to hide only to discover a room filled with severed heads [including Paxton‘s] only to be captured and taken to the factory.

Overall, the movie is fun. Especially if you’re a fan of Eli Roth. It’s much more than the first movie in terms of story, especially as we learn more and more about the Elite Hunting Club. There’s plenty of gore for the gorehounds [bloodhounds?] and the story is enough to keep you interested. In my opinion though, the ending of the movie is probably one of the best parts of it. I know this review has been really long, but bear with me for this last part. If it’s not already obvious, this is going to spoil the movie’s end:

Beth offers to buy her freedom with part of her large inheritance, except Sasha explains to her that she must kill somebody to leave, Beth [without a second thought] cuts off Stuart‘s balls and tosses them to one of the guard dogs; in that moment, Beth then orders Stuart to be left to bleed to death as he screams in pain. As per the standard Elite Hunting contract, Beth is given an Elite Hunting tattoo and is made an honorary member. Beth is told she is allowed to leave, but she is sternly ordered to keep silent about the organization for the rest of her life. In the final sequence, Axelle is lured from the village festival into the woods by The Bubblegum Gang, where the revenge-seeking Beth surprises and beheads her for leading her friends to their deaths. The film then ends on a shot of Axelle‘s decapitated body with The Bubblegum Gang dancing in the background and playing soccer with Axelle‘s severed head..

In summation, I really enjoyed Hostel: Part II [if you couldn’t already tell] – if not more so than Hostel. It’s gory, it’s violent, and it’s more than shock/torture porn. Sure, it has faults; but what movie these days doesn’t? Eli Roth created a world that makes viewers scared to leave the comfort of their own homes, because sometimes, the real monster is the guy [or girl] next door.

Then I turn to you. Have I convinced you to check out Hostel: Part II? If you already have seen it, what did you think about it? Worthwhile? Or completely a waste of time? Let me know in a comment or two! Also, even if I have the first few film reviews planned already, please let me know which movie[s] you want to see reviewed next! If you found yourself to enjoy review – and want to see more – then take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 120+ likes almost at 130!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; as well as links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends! Join me tomorrow when I post weirdo’ween #03STAY TUNED!

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FIRST red band clip from Eli Roth’s “THE GREEN INFERNO” will have you “eye-ing” for more!

If there’s one film I keep holding out for, it’s Eli Roth‘s The Green Inferno. I’ve actually talked about it a good amount: from mentioning how it’s looking more and more exciting, and more importantly – how someone started a petition to ban the film! However, with the film eating it’s way into theaters next week, [I’m so excited!] red band clip has surfaced; subtly called “Punishment“. This clip shows on viewers Aaron Burns’ character, “Jonah”, suffer in ways that will make you want to scream, cover your eyes in terror, and for the gore hounds: it’ll make you more excited for the film than you already were! Heading deep into The Green Inferno are actors Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton[amongst others, obviously] with the story following a group of student activists who, from New York City, travel to the Amazon to protect [what they consider] a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are then taken hostage by the very natives they had “planned” on saving. If it doesn’t sound like a fun time of a horror film, I have a very convincing ‘tweet’ that will tell you just how good the film is:

That’s right: Stephen King has told the world of horror that he fully enjoyed Roth‘s latest film! This tells us that – not only is it a good movie – but that the King of the genre himself is giving it his praise. [sorry about that terrible pun by the way..] Naturally, I’d assume that Eli Roth was stunned, knowing that one of his heroes – one of my heroes – just gave him a positive review on his film.. and it’s a pretty big thumbs up! So with that, I’ll leave you with the clip “Punishment” – though it might make you sign into Youtube for age restriction purposesand if you enjoyed the clip tell me: does it make you excited for The Green Inferno? Or did it make you groan; cause you find yourself tired of Eli Roth [I know a lot of people give him hate on the internet, but I find myself to be a fan of his!]

“Dark and primitive customs still rule the Amazon jungle: cannibalism and other mind, body and soul-destroying rituals. Trapped in the village, these high-tech modern-world students experience the ultimate in primal barbaric terror, suffering unspeakable acts of violence in an intense and chilling rituals reserved only for the most threatening intruders.”

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I mean, I guess this could be considered “cute”..right? just me?


so apparently OVER 500 people want Eli Roth’s “The Green Inferno” banned..

Earlier this past week, famed gore hound and Director Eli Roth spoke about his upcoming cannibal film The Green Inferno in an interview with the LA TIMES, explaining that the characters we’d be seeing on screen were his “versions” of what SJWs [or in full: Social Justice Warriors] truly are. These “Social Justice Workers” are called this because that’s just what they are – people who go online anonymously and find offense at every single little thing and are prone to engage in lengthy [and often time hostile] debates against others on a range of issues concerning social injustice, identity politics and even political correctness.. Or in this case: the dehumanization that is The Green Inferno. Apparently, as if timing is everything, a group of actual SJWs have created a petition trying to boycott the film, or worse: cancel it from being released entirely! Calling it ‘dehumanizing’ and ignorant, the group [who call themselves “Boycott GreenInferno”] wrote up a complaint addressing it to Eli Roth himself, hoping that they’ll get 1000 [or more!] supporters – The worst part? they have nearly 600 already! Here is the entire complaint in full, according to the petition itself, and make of it what you will:

“Films like this have always portrayed negative stereotypes against indigenous people as brute savages. These films have psychological effect as indigenous people have been through colonial trauma assimilating to white culture being taught self hate. Westerners are unfortunately ignorant about Amazonian indigenous cultures and depicting them in such a violent story dehumanizes their peoples and couldn’t be farther from reality. Shame on you. As a storyteller, you hold a great responsibility to influence others. Propagating such hate towards peoples who have been ravaged and raped for decades by white supremacist culture is not constructive in our fight to save the Amazon. Most indigenous communities are more in tune with nature than you’ll ever be, and would never conceive of such violence for profit. It’s a shame, we should be creating stories than accurately depict indigenous way of life which is holistic, sustainable, spiritual and harmonious with our earth and brothers and sisters. If you want to save the Amazon and stop China from buying leases to drill oil, make a story depicting the corporate shills for the murderers that they really are. You don’t have to create racist, offensive, inaccurate crap to get people to care about the most bio-diverse place on the earth. And if you really want to make a difference, give your money to organizations like ours who are the people on the ground standing up for indigenous rights and making tangible change. Indigenous peoples are the key to preserving the Amazon. If we don’t respect and empower them, we will lose the lungs of our planet. They should be honored and respected. Eli Roth has decided to glorify the White Savior Industrial Complex that has plagued indigenous people since the early colonialist days of “kill the Indian, save the man”, while the indigenous people are, of course, cannibalistic savages.” – Amazon Watch

An update to this petition even explains that The Peruvian Government is going to be taking actions that are potentially catastrophic to the indigenous tribes in the area, stating:

“In January of this year [2014], The Peruvian Government greenlighted the Camisea gas project’s expansion to the lands of “uncontacted” Amazon tribes, despite the UN’s recommendation that they first provide an extensive study of the threats the expansion would pose to the aboriginal people. This expansion gives Pluspetrol [Argentina], Hunt Oil [USA] and Repsol [Spain] permission to detonate thousands of explosive charges, drill exploratory wells and move hundreds of workers into the Nahua-Nanti Reserve for isolated and uncontacted tribes. This move by The Peruvian Government will expose the indigenous people to diseases that they lack the immunity to fight off, it will destroy their homelands and their entire way of life.”

But then it continues to state that the biggest problem here is still Roth’s upcoming movie, not the actual actions of these Governments. Because, as we all know, a movie depicting a savage cannibalistic tribe is far more damaging than these real life tribes actually being displaced and their native lands destroyed..[if you couldn’t already tell: sarcasm~] If not obvious, at least in The Green Inferno, these people actually go to the Amazon to try [and ultimately: fail] and help protect these tribes. That doesn’t sound like White Savior Industrial Complex, that’s a group of people not hiding behind their computers, leaving angry/hate filled comments on everything and actually going out into an unknown land and trying to do something good. I mean I get it, based on the trailer; they acted much too quickly by not taking the time to actually fully learn about what they’re trying to save. By them judging before learning the truth is what costs them their lives in the film: Wait a minute, this sounds familiar..? Thanks Boycott GreenInferno for proving that in his own special way, how right Eli Roth actually is, without even realizing it!

I mean, okay. I guess I understand why people wouldn’t like this movie; it clearly involves brutal death scenes, people being eaten, [presumably eaten alive] it’s essentially Eli Roth‘s love letter to Cannibal Holocaust – which in itself got banned, and it’s destined to be bloody as hell. But I mean, come on it bothers me that people are willing to hate the concept enough to try and ruin the film for everyone else. I feel that it’s one of those “if you don’t like it, don’t watch it” concepts. It’s simple, really. If you want to call a horror movie ‘dehumanizing’, you may as well call all horror films dehumanizing – since people usually get mutilated/die in those movies too..just look at the SAW franchise! [with any luck, there was a group trying to boycott those films too..] The Green Inferno follows a group of student activists who travel to the Amazon to save the rainforest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.. The film is set to open in theaters on September 25th 2015..unless, y’know – that group manages to get what they want.. ugh.

if you’ve made it this far into this long post, I’ll leave you with one burning question: do you feel that The Green Inferno SHOULD be banned? Is it a film that is ‘pushing the boundaries’ too far? Or do you feel that this group of over 500 people is overreacting to a movie? Let me know your thoughts on this petition in the comments below, I’d love to know if anyone feels that the petition is valid. Also, If you found yourself to enjoy this article, please take a minute and follow me over on Facebook where you can click thelikebutton on my Facebook page. By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted. I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you guys to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share the page with your family and friends!