The Woman In Black, way after the fact of watching it. If I finish this review today, that will bring my grand total up to six. Hopefully next month will be better as I am feeling a little more into doing reviews. So anyway, I finally got Hostel: Part Three (2011) back from my neighbor. They have only had it for almost two months now and still haven't watched it. They felt bad about having it for so long so gave it back to me. It is funny that they don't have time to watch my one movie, but have all the time in the world to watch the stuff they buy.
The Elite Hunting Club is back once again, and this time in Vegas? Maybe not the smartest move, but they made it work in a way. The Club has evolved since we last seen them. Instead of a pay to kill type deal, which I think they still do in a way, they now have their members place bets on what will happen during the kill. How soon will it be before pleading about their family? Will the person doing the kill use a drill or knife first? I guess in this way everyone gets to enjoy the kill. With all this in mind, enter Scott (Brian Hallisay) and soon to be wife Amy (Kelly Thiebaud). Scott is getting ready to leave with his friend Carter (Kip Pardue) for one last get away with friends before the big day. Carter promises Amy that he will keep and eye on Scott and that he will keep the strippers away because there aren't any on the golf course. Of course once they drive away, Scott learns they are actually going to Vegas to meet up with friends Mike (Skyler Stone) and Justin (John Hensley). They are eventually invited to a party way off the strip by Kendra (Sarah Habel) and Nikki (Zulay Henao), which turns out to be an actual party, until one of their friends go missing. We all know that once your friend goes missing and you try to find them, you go missing too!
Hostel: Part Three was a film that slipped under the radar. I had no idea a third film was being made, late alone out there. When I learned of it, I went ahead and added it to my Netflix queue, and bumped it up. I can't say I was real excited to see it, but being a fan of the first two films, I was curious. It had two strikes against it though. Eli Roth is no longer part of the series. That may be good news for some, but it wasn't for me. Instead of Roth as director, Scott Spiegel steps in. And the other strike was that it was a direct to DVD movie. I gave it a chance though, considering we just don't see many sequels on the big screen anymore. Hostel: Part Three starts off okay even though they don't show what happens to a minor character at the start of the movie. The Hostel films are much like the Saw films in that I'm just curious to see what they will come up with to kill people with now. If you watch these movies for the same reason, they you will be just as disappointed as I was. Some kills aren't even shown, while others happen just off camera. The low budget of this film actually hurts it some since everyone expects a gory film, and they don't really get one.
Not to say there isn't any gore, just not enough. The kills can be kind of lame at times. One person gets the skin from their face cut off, which was kind of gross and the camera angle could make it harder to watch it happen. Bu that shouldn't have killed the person, unless they died from the shock of it. We will never know though since we see the person screaming one minute, and then dead much later on. There is also an arm that gets cut off, but considering that it took a few chops to do it, the cut looked way to clean. The acting wasn't half bad this time around. I didn't really have a problem with the acting but I did have problems with the dialogue at times though.
I guess working out of Vegas helps the Club in some ways. According to one character, Vegas police won't take a missing person case seriously until said person(s) have been gone for a week. That would give the Club plenty of time to cover their tracks of course. Still though, considering they show everyone coming out of one hotel room, you would think someone would notice. It wasn't just the gore that hurt Hostel: Part Three, but also some of the plot points. There was an interesting twist late in the film at least. If the movie had been better, maybe I would have been more impressed by it. See, we get a scanner that is supposed to scan the Club's tattoo, but the tattoo is always pointing away from the scanner when used. The ending is easy to see coming, but it was just stupid they way they went about it.
I didn't outright hate Hostel: Part Three. I just felt that compared to the previous two films, this one dropped the ball. Hopefully if there ends up being another film, they will get back to what the films are known for. I know a lot of people turned their nose up when they found it this one was taking place in Vegas, but only part of it does. They take people from Vegas, which is rather stupid of them anyway, and go somewhere else. Not saying that these people, or others, should reconsider this one, but I just found it to be a silly reason not to give a movie a chance.
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