Monday, July 16, 2012

Hostel 3 (2011)

Hostel 3

Written by Michael D. Weiss
Directed by Scott Spiegel

Scott...Brian Hallisay
Justin...John Hensley
Carter McMullen...Kip Pardue

A Las Vegas bachelor party goes horribly awry when one of the attendees vanishes without a trace. The last person to see him was a professional escort, but unfortunately she seems to have gone missing too. The friends of both missing parties team up to find them, but what they don't realize is that they have been kidnapped by the Elite Hunting Club, an American offshoot of the organization from the previous two Hostel installments. Their friends are being tested and tortured, with an audience of high rollers betting on the outcome.

The Hostel franchise is probably more infamous than it is famous, one of the most guilty purveyors of the Torture Porn subgenre. When these films are watched, it is solely for the shocking scenes of murder and mayhem, and not for the storyline or any inherent value. It's a dirty shock and awe campaign, and although the thrill of such an endeavor is short lived and not typically worth frequent viewings, sometimes that simple shock is all you're looking for.

By the law of diminishing returns, and judging from the quality of the original, Hostel 3 shouldn't be worth a free rental. But surprisingly, it's not terrible. In fact, it's not bad at all. While it doesn't offer the same amount of visceral grue that attracted gorehounds to the series in the first place, it doesn't have the same amount of visceral grue that repelled others from the series in the first place.

Gorenography-wise, it's the weakest in the series, although it does have its moments. But as an actual movie? It's probably the strongest (which admittedly isn't saying much). Without Eli Roth at the helm, the plot is much less meandering, and there's not 45 minutes of inane douchebaggery to sit through before the horror kicks in.

It's not going to be topping many lists in the near future, but for 90 minutes of guilty entertainment you could do a lot worse. Things move at a pretty quick clip and there are a few outstanding twists along the way to keep things interesting.  Worth a watch.

Rated R
88 Minutes
United States


1 comment:

  1. I liked it too, but I still think 2 is head and shoulders above both.


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