Sunday, January 1, 2012
HOSTEL PART III (2011)
I know it's popular among many horror fans to hate anything in the "torture-porn" genre and I do hate the SAW movies(at least the first one and what little bits I've seen of the others) but I never had a problem with these HOSTEL movies. I caught the first two in the theater and thought they were entertainingly stupid movies obviously made by a horror fan. I know it's also popular to rag on director Eli Roth but I don't know the guy personally and don't really care if he's an asshole or not. I'm sure there are lots of movies I like that were made by complete assholes.
This direct to DVD sequel isn't directed by Mr. Roth but by Scott Spiegel who slasher movie fans will remember as making the killer-in-a-supermarket flick THE INTRUDER and he's worked a lot with Sam Raimi so I guess that gives him some kinda horror cred there. There are a few problems with this movie, first the only hostel in the movie isn't even the main setting and is gone before the story even gets going, second one is that it takes places in Las Vegas which changes the whole feel of the series and finally there's a death by cgi cockroaches scene which might be one of the stupidest ways I've ever seen anyone die in a movie. There's also a rip-off of a gore scene from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2. But in saying that, even if it doesn't fit right in with the other two films, I enjoyed it for what it was, which was another stupid movie full of stupid characters being captured, tortured and killed(modern day version of a slasher flick really). They throw a few twists into the expected formula, some of which don't make much sense if you think about them too hard, but at least they made the effort to try something slightly different. Hopefully this is the last in this series though since I think the whole "torture-horror" thing seems more dated than ever at this point.