he prepares for Hostel Part II to hit theaters next weekend (they finally set up a critic screening, so I will actually have a chance to see the movie before it opens), Eli Roth is saying that this is the end of the road for this franchise.

“I hate a lame third sequel, and I don’t want there to be one,” Roth told MTV Movies Blog (whose new design I just adore). “I wish ‘Beyond Thunderdome’ didn’t exist; I wish there was just ‘Mad Max’ and ‘The Road Warrior.’ I really wasn’t crazy about ‘Spider-Man 3.’ I wanted it after ‘Spider-Man 1’ and ‘Spider-Man 2,’ but with ‘Spider-Man 3’ I was really disappointed when I saw that film; that will never happen with ‘Hostel.’”

Of course no one has driven that dump truck full of money up to Roth’s house yet, but much like Matt Damon preemptively eschewing a fourth Bourne film, it’s refreshing to hear Roth claim that he won’t let his franchise get milked to death. He’s moving on to Cell next, and after that? Not Hostel Part III apparently. Although I wonder if Sofia Coppola becomes available to play the daughter of the torture guy from the first film, will Eli change his mind?