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A confined setting is a useful tool for thriller-makers, and Vacancy is definitely boxed in: a rundown motel way, way off the Interstate, the kind of place where unsuspecting movie characters go to get stabbed to death in the shower. If Vacancy doesn't quite live up to its Hitchcockian forbears, at least it provides 80 minutes of well-designed mayhem. You know somebody's paying attention just from the opening credits, a clever vortex with pounding music by Paul Haslinger. Then we meet unhappy couple Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale, driving along in the dark and forced to stay at the Pinewood Motel after a car breakdown. There's a night man (Frank Whaley, decadent) in the tradition of Dennis Weaver's Touch of Evil gargoyle, but the real mess of trouble is waiting in room number 4. Director Nimrod Antal, who scored a stylish international hit with the Hungarian thriller Kontroll, squeezes maximum juice out of the Route 66 atmosphere of the motel, although the movie doesn't get under your skin the way Kontroll did. Wilson and Beckinsale are a little too marquee-namish for this kind of heavy-breathing work, and the script doesn't give them much to play with. But hey, it's not that kind of movie. Where it really belongs is on the top half of a drive-in double bill, or maybe as a nightmare-scenario TV movie from the Seventies. Either way, it works. --Robert Horton
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"Vacancy" provides the viewer with a very suspenseful ride pretty much throughout the entire movie.
A very interesting premise indeed for a horror film, well-shot, and well played by the lead actors, but sadly culminates to an anticlimactic ending.
Starts off at night as usual, car breaks down as usual, and they have to go to a run down place with creepy people that try to murder them..
This movie isn't one people think of watching when they want a horror or thriller but it should be. Good casting and acting. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Brando G
I don't know why everyone is always hating on this movie, sure it's not like hostel with all the gore, but it is terrifying with the psychological horror. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael
Great movie! Great condition. Definitely one the of the best thriller/horror movies that a lot of I know have never seen!Published 2 months ago by Lisa
I would call the 2007 film Vacancy a Thriller more than Horror. The movie begins with a young married couple named David and Amy driving down a road in the middle of nowhere. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Horror Freak