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  • Summary: When David (Wilson) and Amy Fox's (Beckinsale) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they are forced to spend the night at the only motel around, with only the TV to entertain them... until they discover that the low-budget slasher movies they're watching were all filmed in the very room they're sitting in. With hidden cameras now aimed at them... trapping them in rooms, crawlspaces, underground tunnels... and filming their every move, David and Amy must struggle to get out alive before whomever is watching them can finish their latest masterpiece. (Sony) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. It's a sordid but expert shocker.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Stylish and surprisingly effective thriller.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    70
    Antal smartly adheres to the no-frills demands of B-movie horror, eliciting impressive chills from old-fashioned suffocating dread rather than the now usual gore. And Wilson and Beckinsale superbly execute everything that's required of their characters--namely, yelling and running.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    Vacancy could have been some sort of satirical masterpiece had this whole scenario been finally revealed as an extreme form of couple's therapy designed to get Beckinsale and Wilson back together.
  5. While the sadism doesn't stoop -- rise? -- to the level of the "Saw" horror-thrillers, Vacancy does have a name cast.
  6. It is a fairly routine exercise in New Millennium movie mayhem.
  7. This is a no-cable, no-wake-up-call, cash-only dump of a film, where you breathe through a hankie and bring your own Lysol.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. Dec 26, 2011
    10
    To put it plain and simple, This is horror. Vacancy not only keeps you on the edge of your seat but it also manages to suck you in and keep you interested every step of the way. I loved it. Expand
  2. KathrynnM.
    Apr 24, 2007
    10
    Guys. You have to go in cinema and watch Vacancy!!! They released so many terrible horror movies (Hitcher, Black Christmas, Dead Silence, Messengers, Reaping) in the last months that I didn't expect to see a good horror movie in future. But Vacancy is just amazing! It's a bit different from the trailer. This is a scary movie. Thanks Nimrod Antal for this awesome movie! Expand
  3. OrdepZ.
    Apr 26, 2007
    9
    I loved it I absolutley loved it! It was great. A classical suspense/thriller that had me trying to bite my nails and want to scream at the screen for someone doing something dumb. Of course although the movie was good there were alot of cliche mistakes made that although they were cliche made the movie that much more interesting. But generallyu speaking I loved the movie. The ending was horrible, I dint agree with the way the movie ended simpley because there was no action, no hand moving after a supposed kill, no karma for a stupid move. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Apr 20, 2007
    8
    For anybody who's been lucky(well...) enough to see the faux-documentary "Man Bites Dog", will recognize the snuff films David(Luke Wilson) and Amy(Kate Beckinsale) discover as nihilistic examples of neorealism; and its maker, a deranged auteur(he has an editing bay), who like Vittorio DeSica("The Bicycle Thief", "Umberto D.) or any filmmaker with a realist aesthetic, utilitzes real people and real locations in an economically depressed area. "Vacancy" questions the motivations of a filmmaker that seems to fetishize violence(like Eli Roth; you wonder about that guy) and the audiences who derive pleasure from watching innocent people being put under constant sadistic duress. Seen through Mason's cameras, Amy and David are the unenvied stars of a schlocky exploitation film like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Like Remy Belvaux and Andre Bonzel's 1992 masterpiece("C'est arrive pres des chez vous", or "Man Bites Dog"), "Vacancy" puts you in the shoes of Mason(Frank Whaley), who is watching one of his "films" in another room when the bickering couple rings his motel bell. If you were watching the very same film(out of the context of "Vacancy"), you'd praise the director for its realism. "Man Bites Dog" was a seminal film about the darker side of vouyerism because the Belgian production estranged audiences from the hurtful acts against humanity we've been conditioned to dismiss as "movie violence", as opposed to the real violence that we'd normally revile. It asked us if there's something unnatural about watching people getting killed for entertainment. "Vacancy" soft-pedals the faux-documentary's ideas, but if you equate the realism of the snuff films with the potential fate of the Foxs, the horror movie cliches they exhibit seem more like primal fear instead of a stock character's imbecility. Expand
  5. Nov 18, 2011
    6
    Good acting, good pacing, well filmed and an interesting idea. Not that memorable though, I mean its not the kind of film you're gonna watch over and over again, or even twice. I'm only watching it again now as it happens to be on TV and I'm wondering why it doesn't blow me away. I think it's because it's so far fetched. View to a kill's starting now on another channel and I'll be switching over. Vacancy is THAT kind of movie Expand
  6. KevinL.
    Sep 30, 2007
    5
    Vacancy wasn't the best horror movie I've seen and its not the worst. Its unoriginal plotline and its predictable events rarely keep me in tact. Expand
  7. RyanM.
    Apr 20, 2007
    1
    This bootleg piece of sh.t.damn last night i took a sh.. and i think vacancy came out of my ass ....literally..out of my ass....luke(no one cares about me because i suck at acting) wilson cant act worth anything...kate beckinsale...looks like a beatup house wife.who in fact gets beat up..for not making din din...it should of been straight to sci fi. Expand

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