Hostel Part III (DVD)



Hostel III on DVDStarring Brian Hallisay, Kip Pardue, John Hensley, Chris Coy, Skyler Stone, Sarah Habel, Thomas Kretschmann

Directed by Scott Spiegel

Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Eli Roth's Hostel took the genre in a startling new direction with its comedic opening and nightmarish final act. Hostel Part II, though much maligned by many, wrapped up Roth's events and opened the door for a possible third film. Well, said Part III is here, but instead of simply passing through the threshold set up by Roth and phoning it in, it takes off in a new direction and in the process honors the franchise while leaving its own bloody mark.

The Elite Hunting Club members are at it again, only this time they're not on foreign ground. That's right, kids; Hostel Part III brings the horrors of being killed by the sadistic rich maniacs Stateside, and what better place to host the debauchery than the city of sin itself, Las Vegas?!? You know the drill by now ... four friends meet up with two leggy escorts who invite our soon to be hungover quartet to a private party off the Strip. Of course things go wrong. Very wrong, in fact, but that's where the similarities to the previous two films end. Hostel Part III is an altogether different beast that enjoys having the viewer navigate its blood-stained twists and turns. Things may not always be what they seem, but damnit, they're nice and gory.

Believe it or not, this third film breathes some nice fresh air into the dank stuffy cells that came before it, and while not perfect by any means, it does enough right to be considered to be a worthy follow-up. Yes, the usual direct-to-video pitfalls are here, but given the amount of onscreen mayhem and a rather clever storyline, they're all pretty easy to forgive.

In terms of special features, all that we get is an interesting and lively conversation between director Scott Spiegel and actor Kip Pardue. The only thing that would have made this better is if the deliciously evil Thomas Kretschmann was on hand to shed some light on his character's nefarious ways. In retrospect a few other special features would have been nice, but the real sin for my money is the fact that there's no Blu-ray available of the flick. As is, we're nearly bare bones and in standard definition. That just kind of sucks.

Hostel Part III is much better than it has any right to be. Quick, fun, and blissfully brutal, it stands head and shoulders above the usual direct-to-video sequels that are shoved down our throats at a steady pace. Given the flick's setting, it's kind of fitting that it beat the odds. We love it when the house loses!

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Scott Spiegel and actor Kip Pardue.

    Film:

    3 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features:

    1 out of 5

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    nonserviam03's picture

    There were things I liked and things I really hated. The plot seemed to have more twists and turns than the previous movies, and they definitely enjoyed toying with the audience's expectations (especially those who've seen the other two movies, since there were two Hostel conventions that were turned on their head at different parts). Unfortunately, the entire tone of the movie just doesn't fit with the series. The Elite Hunting Club just isn't the same in this one. While they used to be really gritty, dark, and brutal, now they're high tech and glossy. The change in locale just doesn't work, the movie totally lacks any atmosphere.


    Submitted by nonserviam03 on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 7:58am.
    Sirand's picture

    Just watched it. Surprisingly, it ain't half bad. For a DTV cheapie sequel, they did some clever things.


    Submitted by Sirand on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 2:37am.
    Debi Moore's picture

    Like Creepy, I was shocked at how ... not terrible this sequel was. I was expecting to watch for a while, be totally bored, and then go about my business doing laundry or something. But it kept my attention and did something new/different with the franchise. One of the biggest surprises of the year.


    Submitted by Debi Moore on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 8:33pm.
    nonserviam03's picture

    I used to hate the Hostel movies. Like... REALLY hate them. Now, after working at a haunted attraction all October and ending up in the Hostel section (and revisiting the movies to refresh my memory)... they've sort of grown on me.


    Submitted by nonserviam03 on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 7:58pm.
    James Coker's picture

    oh Terminal I was waiting for you to say something haha


    Submitted by James Coker on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 3:10pm.
    Terminal's picture

    Who am I to deny my audience?


    Submitted by Terminal on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 5:33pm.
    Vanvance1's picture

    No blu ray in 2011 (almost 2012)? No DVD would make more sense.


    Submitted by Vanvance1 on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 5:41am.

    Sweet, I am going to buy this s&%^ or request a screener.


    Submitted by MichaelRAllen on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 2:55am.
    Terminal's picture

    There's a Hostel III?! UGH. They'll greenlight any piece of shit.


    Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 11:55pm.

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