Hostel was great. Hostel 2 was excellent... and now comes Hostel 3... and its pretty cool. When this sequel was announced without Eli Roth's involvement, all hope seemed lost. And then Scott Spielgel stepped into the director's chair and my excitement was perked. If you haven't heard from him, he's the guy responsible for introducing Quentin Tarantino to the world in the early 90s. He also co-wrote Evil Dead 2... directed Intruder and produced the first two Hostel movies (to scratch the surface). Hostel 3 is very much a Spielgel movie with loads of his trademark camera tricks. The story is switched from Europe to Las Vegas with a bunch of guys hitting the town for a bachelor party. They're lured to a seedy club and the Hostel carnage ensues. This instalment is not as graphic as the previous two films, but it's still as sadistic. The nature of the "elite hunting club" is slightly different with member's watching all of the killings from behind glass in a viewing lounge. They place bets on aspects of the kill. The movie doesn't pack the punch of Eli Roth's original vision, but it carries the spirit well. There is more of a thriller element to this story and it's riddled with red herrings which make it a more entertaining ride, as opposed to a sick and ugly one. Spiegel handles it well and it's a rare direct-to-dvd sequel that doesn't disappoint... well for me anyhow.