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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: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    10
    Vacancy has very stylish suspense. The movie will have you on the edge of your seat until the finale.
    The movie has many scenes where you
    can't predict the next scene. The suspense is very intense
    given that most of the movie takes place at the motel. Usually the best thrillers work in one location,
    or when the characters are confined to somewhere and they have to escape. Vacancy is a perfect
    example of this type of suspense.
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  2. SteveS.
    May 1, 2007
    10
    My wife and I loved it! And no gore to boot. Great acting, and very relatable characters. Unmarried twenty somethings might hate this film, though.
  3. Sep 8, 2014
    9
    Anyone who enjoys intense thrillers will like Vacancy. The movie is a fun ride with genuine scares.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  4. MichaelL.
    Apr 26, 2007
    8
    With more plot holes than Swiss cheese, you can't really take "Vacancy" seriously. That said, it still scared the living daylights out me. It's good old fashioned creep-out suspense--not the usual blood and guts stupidity of today's slasher films. Not that I'm comparing "Vacancy" to Hitchcock's "Psycho", but it's clearly a lowbrow homage--from the opening credits, to the locale, to the creepy desk clerk (played by Frank Whaley, who seems to be performing in a different film, he's sooooooo over-the-top Snidley Whiplash), to the almost total lack of bloodiness. The last point is key--horror can still be achieved without gore, with a tidy idea, excellent leads (Beckinsale and Wilson are great) and effective cinematography. Not to mention the best credits I've seen in a decade. Expand
  5. RobertI.
    Aug 18, 2007
    7
    Good scary flick, at a time when too much that passes for a nail-biter acts more like a manicure. Hold somebody's hand.
  6. Jun 16, 2012
    5
    Must resist 'Psycho' motel references. *cough* Oh, hi. I didn't see you there. Anywayz, 'Vacancy' is... well, rather average. It's not so much of a bad film as it is pretty boring. It neither expands the genre nor offers anything new or fresh. The acting performances were alright (at best) but these lead actors weren't exactly believable as a married couple which repelled me from further from enjoying the movie. The production values are cheap but that simply might have been the intention to further point out that this isn't the Hilton Hotel by any stretch. 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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