Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I have been really curious since its release last year what the country's leading Genre publication, Video Watchdog, would think of of Eli Roth's controversial Hostel Part 2 so when I got the new issue yesterday and saw it mentioned on front I flipped eagerly to the review of it. I am thrilled to report that Shane M. Dallmann, one of my favorite writers from V.W., gives the film a high recommendation and his long review of it is among the best I have read.
Dallmann pretty much gives due to everything I love about the film, including how well acted it is and how it improves upon repeated viewings. I especially appreciate that Dallmann notes that the film's more gruelling horror sequences "are staged for maximum emotional effect" and later that "the horror derives equally from what's happening and from who it's happening to." two keys to the film few other critics picked up on.
Dallmann also wisely point out how much Hostel Part 2 is lovingly designed after the Italian Giallo of the seventies, with special mention going to both Sergio Martino's Torso and Aldo Lado's Night Train Murders.
All in all it is a fantastic look at a sorely undervalued film. Roth should be proud that his film has been given the seal of approval by one of Video Watchdog's best writers.
As for the rest of issue 137, I haven't had a chance to read through it all yet but it looks like another cracking one after last month's Grindhouse issue, which was one of their best ever. The cover star and moving center story belongs to The Curse Of The Cat People's Ann Carter and other reviews include looks at works ranging from Fulci's The Psychic to The Beatles in Help!