I wish this were being done out of hostility to Hostel II but it’s because of the popularity of the Lionsgate horror franchise. First, bootlegs turned up on Los Angeles street corners. Now stellar workprints of the torture porn pic, albeit with an annoying bar at the bottom, are making the rounds of the Internet available at many of the movie download sites. Even the $5 DVD copies circulating are studio-grade. Hard to imagine this won’t have a financial impact on the horror flick’s June 8th theatrical release. I say, fine: Lionsgate deserves to feel the effects of piracy (not to mention the wrath of mankind) for distributing such a disgusting film. I always support a moviemaker’s right to make whatever creative project he wants. But when businesses profit off uber-violence, the marketplace shouldn’t reward them.
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