* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** The guys in the first one, but mainly [[JerkAssWoobie Paxton]]. Unlikeable self-centered douchebag or [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold genuinely brave and heroic guy, going so far as to risk his life for a complete stranger, even if he is a bit of a douche at first.]]
** Svetlana. Her reluctance to accompany Paxton and Natalya to the factory was seen by some viewers as sign she is morally conflicted about what she does while others see her as a villain with no remorse at all.
** The American Businessman that Paxton encounters. A metaphor for what would have become of Paxton and his friends if they had continued to be nothing but Jerkasses that want nothing but party and have sex, which would get to the point of them getting bored of it and then resorting to entering the Elite Hunting club and killing innocent people to get any sort of thrill, or just a pathetic attempt by Eli Roth of making the audience feel any sympathy toward the main characters by making an even worse person than them?
* {{Anvilicious}}: The bidding war montage in the second movie makes a strong point how wide-ranged Elite Hunting's clientele actually is. For bonus impact, several of the fat cats casually place their bets while hanging out with their families. We get it, every loving wealthy family man could be a murderous psycho...
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: A movie where innocent people traveling through Europe are captured, [[AuctionOfEvil sold to the highest bidder]] and then [[TorturePorn tortured to death]]. The potential {{Squick}} and NightmareFuel is enough to keep many viewers away.
* CastingGag: In part II the cannibal is played by Ruggero Deodato the director of ''Film/CannibalHolocaust''.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The children playing soccer with a severed head.
** Made much easier to watch because the person deserved it.
* DoubleStandard: The Slovaks were pissed off enough with the film portraying their country as an ensemble of [[{{Ruritania}} some of the most glaring and outdated East European clichés]] but they certainly didn't feel much better when director Eli Roth issued a formal apology... to the Icelandic Minister of Culture for having Eythor Gudjonsson star as a drunken Icelander.
* EvilIsSexy: The temptresses of Elite Hunting.
* HellIsThatNoise: Lorna's. Screaming.
* JerkAssWoobie: Paxton and Whitney
* LesYay: Between Axelle and Beth.
* LoveItOrHateIt: There are those who really love ''Hostel'' (and arguably ''Hostel Part II''), but there are those who hate the film series in general due to it's usage of TorturePorn and JerkAss characters, pointed out several times by {{WebVieo/Phelous}}. Others simply call it a decent film.
* {{Narm}}: Josh's screaming sounds ''way'' too much like [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Mr. Bill]].
* NightmareFuel: Just the idea that you could go backpacking anywhere and find yourself pulled into a torturous hell will make you rethink going backpacking, let ''alone travel anywhere''.
** The director's cut ending: [[spoiler: Paxton kidnaps the Dutch businessman's daughter to get revenge on him]]. That ''alone'' puts AdultFear all over, even if [[spoiler: the Dutch businessman did some horrendous shit.]].
* NauseaFuel: To the point where even the protagonists just can't help it.
* ParanoiaFuel: As mentioned under NightmareFuel above, many critics have commented that this movie did to backpacking in Europe what ''{{Film/Psycho}}'' did to showering in motels.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[Film/TheProducers Roger Bart]], who, ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' aside, tends to play bright and friendly roles as the villain of the second film. And he still mostly seems nice.
* TheWoobie: Poor Josh... [[spoiler: Sexually inexperienced and possibly gay man who's yet to explore his sexuality due to a fear of losing his closest friend. Not only that, but Josh is also the nicest person in the series and suffers one of the most horrific and painful deaths.]]
* WTHCastingAgency: The AxCrazy Sasha is played by... Milan Kňažko, ''former Slovak Minister of '''Culture'''''.