Ain’t It Cool News is ringing in Halloween 2006, with a report from the Prague set of Eli Roth’s Hostel Part Two. I got an email from AICN’s Quint about something unrelated while he was in Prague, when I realized that the film is still in production. Originally slated to be released in January, it looks to be delayed as they haven’t wrapped. Plus, I was originally supposed to be in Prague last week for a festival, and assumed I would’ve just missed Eli and company all the same. When I ran into Eli last June, he was hyping how much fun Prague would be during their shoot. Now, I’m sorta bummed I didn’t go… Anyway, here’s an excerpt from Quint’s first dispatch:
I didn’t get more than a few steps before I was hailed by Eli. He was setting up the first shot of the morning and had a group around him needing his verdict on things from lighting to effects. He told me to stay where I was, that I wasn’t allowed to see the set until he got his ducks in a row and could lead the tour.
It wasn’t long before he came back and started showing me around the rather impressive construction. Eli said that he was adamant about filming on location for the majority of HOSTEL PART 2, just like he did on the original, but his set designer asked to be given a chance to sway him. And the set he built changed Eli’s mind, at least in regards to filming the torture room stuff. My understanding is they did a ton of location work at the beginning of shooting, including a week in a tiny town near the Austrian border, population 700 or so.