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Vacancy [Blu-ray] (2007)

Luke Wilson , Kate Beckinsale , Nimrod Antal  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale, Frank Whaley, Ethan Embry
  • Directors: Nimrod Antal
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (PCM)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RGN2IY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vacancy [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Alternate Opening Sequence
  • Checking In: The Cast & Crew of Vacancy
  • Deleted Scene
  • Mason's Video Picks: Extended Snuff Films

Editorial Reviews

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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When David (Luke Wilson) and Amy Fox's (Kate 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 videos they find in their room 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 they end up the next victims on tape.

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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful
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If you've seen every horror movie out there, maybe this one won't do anything for you. It definitely kept me watching for these reasons:

1. The couple, Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale, are having marital troubles. This is a nice twist on the formulaic "couple is in love, has sex, gets killed" theme. You won't find that here.

2. They end up in a really run-down motel run by a truly whacky guy.

3. Things get very frightening and it isn't the usual slasher flick. There are some nice twists and turns here...well, maybe not nice..but definitely riveting.

4. I was surprised several times and screamed my head off. You don't really want me to reveal much more, do you? If you're looking for a horror film, I assume you want to know if you're likely to get scared silly. Based on my reaction, I'd say yes. I also wanted to know how this was going to affect this couple's marriage. I mean, stick two estranged people in a motel with a psycho and see how that changes their perspective...

I do have to add that this isn't the BEST horror movie I've ever seen but it does the job.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
After their car breaks down somewhere off the highway at midnight, a young (and bickering) married couple Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson check into an old motel. When they think they are the only guests staying there that night, strange things start to happen, including some banging noises from the next room.

With its nice opening title back and score that strongly remind us of Hitchcock, "Vacancy" is an old-fashioned thriller that does not rely on gores to raise its tension. That works to some extent with the effective performances from the leads and atmospheric photography by Andrzej Sekula. Hungarian director Nimród Antal ("Kontroll") manages to make us jump with several scary moments at first, but the film's tension slowly vanishes as the story unfolds.

For what "Vacancy" shows remains (for me) very familiar. The story here belongs to the territory of urban legends including disturbing images recorded on old VCRs, but slick as it is, the film fails to show a newer angle to tell this old story told in the past.

The film's second (and weaker) part suffers from the lack of originality in storytelling, making the whole situation which was so far pretty intriguing, just incredible. I cannot reveal too much about it, but probably you will think as I did when watching these characters making worst choices. "Vacancy" has its moments, but overall just an OK thriller.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect modest adult thrills--then sit back for a treat December 2, 2007
As an adult horror/thriller film viewer for *&^% decades, I am disappointed in most everything that comes out these days. VACANCY is a pleasant surprise, but I think one's expectations need to be modest. Also, the film requires a mature, savvy viewer who is tired of teenagers getting in trouble and being stupid, then heroic, then stupidly heroic. Adult thrills done with an aesthetic sensibility and yet delivering something palpable and strong are hard to come by these days. If you agree, catch VACANCY. (Also, watch the alternative opening under special features--hard to believe they shot this and had the integrity and audacity not to use it.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Why? May 7, 2013
By Fred
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... why was I in the mood to watch this? I'd watched it on Crackle for free once and for some reason in my remembrance it wasn't so bad. It's awful, just painful to watch the directors idea of two individuals trying to survive a horrific ordeal by displaying NO SURVIVAL INSTINCTS WHATSOEVER. They can't break a chair and use the legs as stakes or clubs, they can't use the giant metal flashlight as a make shift weapon, they can put up a fallen metal shower curtain rod but don't think to use that as a weapon either, then later the husband rips off a metal hand rail in the bathroom to break a window out, yet tosses it aside rather than use THAT as a decent weapon after being terrorized throughout the night. Why go on, the premise is ok, but it's just so badly realized that it's infuriating to sit through.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Too Simple May 11, 2007
Vacancy's preview is just too tempting to pass up especially with Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale as the main characters. No review should be too long when this movie is the topic because there really isn't much to it. The movie starts with a married couple David (Luke) and Amy (Kate) are driving down a road and realize that they don't exactly know where they are. Their arguing might be the main reason why they are miles away from the road they're suppose to be on.

They pull into a gas station only to find nobody around but then all of a sudden someone comes out of nowhere. Who else would it be but the guy that owns the station and garage or so he says. David and Amy tell him where they are trying to get and asks him for directions but of course he tells them to take this secret road "sound familiar?". The guy doesn't let them go until he checks their engine to make sure they can make it to where they're going and sends them on their way.

While driving on the secret road the car brakes down and the closest garage just happens to be the place they just came from. The garage owner is gone but there just happens to be a motel right next to it and David and Amy are stuck there for the night. Once in the motel room strange things start to happen like someone banging on the door from the next room over. What do they do when they find out that there is more to the motel then they thought?

The pros in "Vacancy" are basically in the acting because without the good cast this movie would be nothing. The cons are that there are no twists, what you saw in the preview is pretty much what you're getting when you go to the theatre. "Vacancy" even bites off of other movies to makes its story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie is disgusting..
All the violence the people had to endure makes this movie really unwatchable and I don't know why they
made this movie!
Published 5 days ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I loved this movie a thriller horror very scary would not recommend for younger ones this DVD arrive on time and as described thanks again
Published 2 months ago by nancy
3.0 out of 5 stars a hollywood money maker
It was somewhat entertaining while seeming far-fetched. I got the impression the idea was hatched with making money as the only goal.
Published 3 months ago by jim bruskewitz
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
I love this movie alote I seen it when it came ot an had to wait to buy it till it came out on dvd
Published 3 months ago by R. froman
4.0 out of 5 stars Soon to be a vacancy at this motel.
Screen Gems presents Vacancy (2007). Rated "R". Running Time: One hour, 24 mins.
Directed by Nimrod Antal. Written by Mark L. Smith. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Give these guys a break!
I loved this one! I've seen motels like this not far from where I live on a stretch of road that doesn't get major traffic anymore. Some folks live in those rooms. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Susie Q
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll Never Look at a Hotel the Same Way Again!
The next time you are on a trip and need to stay at a hotel, you may just think twice (and end up sleeping in your car!). Read more
Published 6 months ago by I'd rather be at the Beach
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Prepared to be Scared!
The scariest part about this movie is that it could happen to anyone!While I'm ordinarily not a fan of contemporary blood/gore/slasher types of movies, this is one I wanted to add... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert E. Jopson
5.0 out of 5 stars Vacancy is the scariest movie ever
Vacancy is the scariest movie ever I was so freaked out by the movie. I would recommend
the seller and the movie to anyone wanting to watch a scary movie.
Published 6 months ago by Leelee Sheed
4.0 out of 5 stars What if it really happened?
something like this is actually something that could really happen. Not all of it but the basis of it is there. i love kate beckinsale, and she did a good job as usual. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jeona
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