After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.
David and Amy Fox find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere when their car breaks down. Luckily, they come across a motel with a TV to entertain them during their overnight stay. However, there's something very strange and familiar about the Grade-Z slasher movies that the motel broadcasts for its guests' enjoyment. They all appear to be filmed in the very same room they occupy! Realizing that they are trapped in their room with hidden cameras now aimed at them filming their every move, David and Amy desperately find a means of escape through locked doors, crawlspaces and underground tunnels before they too become the newest stars of the mystery filmmaker's next cult classic!Written by
Writer Mark L. Smith stated that he used to live in Colorado with his wife and they would frequently drive down to New Mexico. During these drives, they would see all these isolated motels in the middle of nowhere that never seemed to have any customers. Smith started to wonder how these empty motels stayed in business, and that is how he came up with the idea of an isolated motel that was actually a front for selling snuff films of its travelling guests. Smith also mentioned that New Mexico was the original setting for the film, however, this was not made apparent in the film, as the location of the Pinewood Motel is never exactly specified. It is still entirely possible that the Pinewood is located in New Mexico as it is mentioned that David and Amy live in California. The Pinewood could also be located near the Sierra Nevadas in California or Nevada since it is mentioned to be "by the mountains" and David and Amy are apparently on the last leg of their trip. The film's prequel, Vacancy 2: The First Cut; also written by Smith, is mentioned to take place in North Carolina. However, it is never specified whether or not the motel in the film is the Pinewood. North Carolina is also home to the Appalachian Mountains, which would fit the description of "by the mountains". See more »
Early in the movie, just after checking into the motel, the handset is put back on the phone at an angle. After it rings a second time, and he goes to pick it up, the handset is back in the correct position. See more »
[after swerving while driving]
Son of a bitch!
What are you doing?
It was a goddamn raccoon in the middle of the road!
Well, better to kill us than get a little roadkill on the car, huh?
Well, we're still alive. I can tell by the pissy look that you're giving me.
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'Vacancy' is skillfully made, tense and surprisingly scary
Vacancy;; Vacancy opens as a typical horror film, following a soon to be divorced couple, Amy and David Fox, driving down a winding road, in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. Car troubles lead them to an abandoned motel where the manager informs them the mechanic will be back early in the morning. He seems friendly at first, and offers them a discount on the Honeymoon suite. Amy is resistant, but David convinces her.
Amy's first impression of the Motel was right on target, as a series of creepy events lead David and Amy to watch a video tape in which various guests at the same hotel are murdered. Soon after, David finds hidden cameras in the vents. Suddenly, the lights go out, and David and Amy must fight to find a way to escape... or end up getting slaughtered on tape like everyone else.
I am an avid horror movie fan, although lately I have run into the problem of not getting scared during these so called "scary movies." I am pleased to report, not just to horror film fans, but movie fans alike, Vacancy is actually scary. And that is just about the biggest compliment a movie such as this could get.
Throughout the 80 minute running time of Vacancy, I jumped a few times, gasped once or twice, and had white knuckles for almost the entire time. Luke Wilson and Kate Bekinsale give good performances as the bickering victims, and direction is particularly well-done. Director Nimrod Antal makes a wise choice, veering from torture, blood and guts, and relying mostly on putting these characters we care about in taut, tense situations.
Vacancy is a fun, frightening horror movie. 3 from 4.
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