Yesterday, unlike last year, I actually didn’t go out and float a krathong. Instead, I stayed home and watched Hostel 2 – what a waste of time that was. After all the reviews I’d read, I was expecting something shocking – something truly grotesque that would churn my stomach. All I got was boredom and a feeling that I’d wasted my money on an awful movie.
I thought the first Hostel movie was great. Despite what the critics said, it really encapsulated that feeling of helplessness you discover when you find yourself in a strange, unknown place. The movie was dark and mysterious. In spite of its flaws, it really chilled me.
Hostel 2, however, was just overkill. It ruined all the suspense and fear of the original with limited dialogue, idiotic characters and excessive exploration of territory that would have needed a better director and writer to really get into. There was even a clumsy reference to Thailand. Each death scene was dull and uninspiring, to the point where I didn’t care who lived and who died.
The whole movie was just awkward and pointless. I think the horror genre in the West is dead. I started watching Saw 4 today and that was even worse. Everything has just become excessive. The Asians seem to have horror movies nailed far better than the Americans. There’s no psychology in anything that comes out of Hollywood any more.
It’s a great shame because I used to be a big fan of horror movies, even though I’m totally squeamish. Has anyone seen any decent horror films recently?