CON: Hostel 2
There is a certain type of mood when you find yourself at a convention, especially any kind of film or television convention. So going into Fangorias Weekend of Horrors I felt the excitement from the crowd, a group of people who love blood, gore, darkness, and everything evil all in the name of horror. But what makes this special is the amazing camaraderie of folks who love this genre.
Inside, there were several vendors selling t-shirts with The Tall Man, Michael Myers and even Tom Atkins. A few horror vets had booths selling photographs including the great Tim Thomerson, Kelli Maroney from the cult classic NIGHT OF THE COMET and and Irwin Keyes from HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. Yet with all this talent, I was here for one thing. The upcoming sequel to Eli Roths hit HOSTEL. Yes Lionsgate was kind enough to invite us to get a sneak peek alongside Elis fans for more Slovakian horror with HOSTEL: PART II starring Heather Matarazzo, Bijou Phillips and Laura German.
But truth be told, I also found out that Heather Langenkamp was going to
be live and in person, so I also had ulterior motives.
The crowd was thrilled as two men came out on stage ready to torture some
poor soul. The two actors were
in full Hostel gear and they stood next to the chairs brought out
for the guests of honor. But
first, we were treated to the theatrical trailer of HOSTEL 2.
Most horror fans have probably already caught a glimpse, and
found that American girls are very expensive in
He stood on stage and proceeded to introduce two actress involved in the film, Bijou Phillips who looked so thin and fragile, although still quite pretty. And then he introduced Vera Jordanova man he has a way of finding super hot foreign chicks for these films doesnt he? The audience was excited and full of energy hearing Eli speak, even asking him such questions as why do you f*cking kick so much ass no wonder the guy was lovin it.
One thing I learned from Mr. Roth and I do believe its true, is the communal group that horror filmmakers are, he praised this with, I gotta say that this really is a community; that we are all in it together and that, if a film does well, then it helps everybody. As youve seen, you know, House of 1000 Corpses helps Cabin Fever. Cabin Fever helped Saw. Saw helped Hostel. Hostel helped The Hills Have Eyes. It all feeds each other. I find this to be true, at least in theory, and its good for everybody, including the fans.
After all, really great horror filmmakers are fans. They arent the ones hired by the studio to make a PG-13 remake of a Japanese film which will eventually become an UNRATED DVD Collectors Edition. They wanna scare the shite out of people, generally because they dig being scared too. Its a thrill ride, at least for me and I expect for many of you that love the genre.
When it came to talking about making a sequel he said, If Im gonna make a sequel, I cant just f*ckin phone it in Its got to be The Road Warrior or Aliens or The Empire Strikes Back You know, I saw Saw 2 and really, The Devils Rejects and I went, F*ck man, Rob Zombie just took it to another level. With that he claimed he wanted to make the scariest ride in the theme park. One of the moments he was most proud of in the original also came up as inspiration. that scene with Rick Hoffman, the American businessman; I mean that scene scared people more than any other scene in the movie. I mean people would say I wanna see a movie about that guy. Alright, lets see what happens when we have young women going through it. Although, if people wanna see a movie about that guy, then bring it on make a prequel Rick Hoffman is the man!
Even though this was all about HOSTEL 2, there was no way Eli could avoid a certain holiday. Yes, Thanksgiving came up with a massive applause. On this subject he said, Thanksgiving is an idea I had since I was eighteen with my friend Jeff who is the guy f*cking the turkey I would love to do a Thanksgiving feature and in fact I talked to Edgar Wright about it. If you do Thanksgiving, Ill do Dont and we told the Weinsteins about it.
But right now, obviously, they were disappointed with the box office of GRINDHOUSE and figuring out how to release it internationally. Theyre not that eager to talk about GRINDHOUSE 2 but Quentin and Robert are totally down with the idea so I think that its something If I did it, Id want to make it like Dogma 95 rules Like Dogshit 95 You have to basically say, if were gonna do this, we have to shoot it in a week or ten days and do it for like a million bucks. Like we set limits on ourselves in like Roger Corman kind of way. Thanksgiving was the most fun I ever had filming anything.
He also brought up a certain Stephen King project called CELL and a couple other works roaming around in his twisted brain. Im going to be doing an adaptation of Stephen Kings Cell. And Im gonna do a whole movie of fake trailers like Thanksgiving called Trailer Trash Ive got one for Bijou, Ive got one for Vera, Im gonna do like twenty-five of those Thanksgiving kind of trailers. Totally ridiculous like JACKASS or BORAT; completely silly, totally sophomoric and absurd, it will be like developmentally fifteen steps backward for me but really f*cking fun.
At the end, we were treated to a sneak peek of HOSTEL 2. Now, keep in mind, I was one of those who loved HOSTEL. I thought it was fresh and a pretty sick little rollercoaster ride. But as for what I saw, Bijou being prepped to be well, tortured. She fights back by biting her captor and running through the dark, damp hallways of a certain hell. But before she can escape, large metal doors slam shut in front of her and in her weakness, the bad ole sadomasochists bring in the dogs.
I liked the scene, but frankly, Im only marginally excited about the film. I didnt see enough to really get pumped for another torture film but at the same time, it didnt look bad. But the idea of switching sexes seems like an almost too obvious move. Yet Im hoping that Im surprised and that the ending will be like nothing weve ever seen before, which is sort of what Eli promised. So chain me up and hopefully we wont get the bad end of the drill.
And as I mentioned, with my hopes and fears in the balance as I count the days for what I hope to be a major ass-kicking sequel, it was my secret mission my goal the reason for my being Heather Langenkamp happened to be the first panel, right before Eli and the girls came along, with a special appearance by Michael Madsen with a quick hug for Eli. But forget Eli, forget Michael and even Bijou and Vera. There was Nancy, right before my eyes and all was good with the world.
And just in case you were wondering, she is taking a break from film and working with her husband for a special effects company. Hey, at least shes still part of the horror community. Im just saying get back on the silver screen Heather; its been much too long. And dont forget HOSTEL: PART II coming June 8th to a theatre near you.
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