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Vacancy (2007)

A movie directed by Nimród Antal

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  • May 20, 2012


When this film was first released in trailer format I was kinda excited because it looked extremely interesting. I was also interested in seeing how the stars they went with would perform in this film. Still even if they were not all that great I had a feeling the story alone would be cool. I was very right as it turns out because I love these types of flicks, they feel so real since stuff like this actually happens. Now that sucks and I hate that so don't get me wrong here, but these things can and do happen.

A couple is on the road and like these things tend to do their car breaks down. This leads them to have to stay at a motel. This place is run by a man named Mason and while a little creepy all seems alright for the two. That is until they try to watch a video in the room VCR. It starts out and it seems to be a snuff film, even worse this film was made in the exact room they are in. As the tension rises the couple realizes that they are the next to star in one of these productions.

I absolutely love the idea of this film, it just seems like it could really happen [and it may have]. These types of films have always brought me in and for the most part have delivered. With this film it falls into middle I guess, I know people who love it and others who hate it. I fall in between because I like it. As far as the filmmaking I really enjoyed this flick and even from the killers themselves. The thing that got me a little was two lead cast members, Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson. Don't get me wrong they both did fine but a film like this really felt like it need some unknown or indie actors. The miscasting of the lead roles held this back a little for me.

Don't get it twisted I did not hate this flick but I did not love it either. To me it also felt a little like an old school horror flick which helped it. Frank Whaley struck me as the scene stealer here as he did a great job as the lead villain. Writer Mark Smith crafted a good story here and director Nimrod Antal let it play out well.

Like I said before I liked this film while I know others did not, but honestly it is not bad. The thing that I am sure most will agree on was the miscasting. Lesser known actors would have been great here I am sure. This is one of those flicks that with a less preconceived image of an actor you go in with the better the film will feel. At least that is what I think, who knows, could be wrong.



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May 20, 2012
yeah. I would rate this one a three myself. I saw this more than once because of Beckinsale who may be the hottest woman on the planet LOL
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Quick Tip by . May 20, 2012
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The thing that I am sure most will agree on was the miscasting. Lesser known actors would have been great here I am sure. This is one of those flicks that with a less preconceived image of an actor you go in with the better the film will feel. At least that is what I think, who knows, could be wrong.
review by . October 02, 2007
Director Nimrod Antal broke out the Cliff's Notes on Hitchcock when he put "Vacancy" on the screen. From the frantic music in the beginning to a story littered with bizarre angles and dark corners, you'll see the legend's thumbprint throughout this film. Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale play a couple on the edge of divorce who's car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. A friendly (perhaps too friendly) mechanic (Ethan Embry) fixes them up just enough to make it to a larger town. Unfortunately his …
review by . August 16, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
VACANCY may not be the best thriller of the year, though it does provide three good performances from Kate Beckinsale, Frank Whaley and a surprise serious role for fine comedian Luke Wilson, but it stands apart from many by the fact that it unveils a piece of the underbelly of crime by addressing the creation of snuff films (films made by strange minds that show the death of the actors, and whether or not we like to believe it, there is an audience for that!). The fact that the film (as shown in …
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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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Director: Nimród Antal
Screen Writer: Mark L. Smith
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
Runtime: 85 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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