Late to the game, but I have finally seen Hostel part II and quite liked it. I'd like to say Eli Roth finally knocked one out of the park, but that would be an exaggeration. It is a solid ground rule double, however, which is itself happy news. Happy news in a market of horror that can rarely even manage a respectable show at bat.
And hopefully happy news for Mr. Roth's future endeavor's, although his recent MySpace message suggests that his discouragement may cause a break in the steady rise in quality in his movies. This movie is also much more successfully a tribute to the great Sergio Martino than the first movie was a tribute to Takashi Miike. And the Ruggero Deodato cameo was much... tastier than the Miike one was.
The leads seem mostly cast to type, Bijou Phillips is the "bad girl" and Heather Matarazzo is basically a grown-up Dawn Wiener. This movie considerably enriches its narrative by adding to clients, played by Richard Burgi and Roger Bart.
There are some interesting review/discussions at Some Thoughts on Hostel Part Two by Jeremy Richey and Body Shop: One Last Look at Hostel part II by Dennis Cozzalio, notably by Kimberly from Cinebeats, and I don't have a lot to add to any of them at this moment.
I will say, that I think Roth may have, like Coppola did with The Godfather, part II, created a sequel that enriches its predecessor to an extent that watching the sequel makes the original movie even better. I'll need a few months before I can sit down with both DVDs and test this. Although frankly, I think someone should beat me to the punch and release a Hostel: The Complete Epic edition DVD that runs the first right into the second, fixing some of the hyperactive editing in the sequence refreshing us on the first movie.
But mostly I hope Eli Roth comes out of this critical and box-office drubbing punching. I'm quite enjoying seeing his growth as a moviemaker and I hope to see it continue.
And, by the way, the 30 Days of Night trailer is pretty dang cool on the big screen. I hope the movie lives up to it.