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Hostel: Part II

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Source: Catholic News Service

Repellently sadistic story of three American girls (Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo, and Bijou Phillips) kidnapped abroad for the deviant purpose of being slaughtered by wealthy clients (including Roger Bart and Richard Burgi) at a Slovakian mansion. Eli Roth’s film has a glossy look and is not without style and even a smidgen of substance, but what might have been a reasonably good horror film along more conventional lines instead becomes an empty, wince-inducing bloodbath. Pervasive violence and gore including disemboweling, castration, cannibalism, brief full male and female nudity, much rough language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. (R) 2007

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