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Vacancy [DVD] [2007]

Kate Beckinsale , Luke Wilson , Nimrod Antal    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson, Frank Whaley, Ethan Embry, Scott G. Anderson
  • Directors: Nimrod Antal
  • Producers: Hal Lieberman
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Colour, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi, Italian
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,773 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A confined setting is a useful tool for thriller-makers, and Vacancy is definitely boxed in: a run-down 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, World Trade Center) 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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Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Frank Whaley, Ethan Embry, Luke Wilson
Director: Nimrod Antal
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Ent.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A neat and compact horror thriller. 13 Jun 2010
I really enjoyed this film and felt so satisfied after watching it. David (Luke Wilson) and Amy Fox (Kate Beckinsale) have car trouble and waltz into a motel thinking that they will have a restful night. They watch videotapes of murders that were carried out in the very room they are in. Very tense and psychological mind games follow as David and Amy have to outsmart the killers headed by the slimy motel manager (Frank Whaley), to make it through the night alive before they wind up as the next victims on the tape. Okay, this is a simple formula but it is well carried out and there is lots of action. I like the way the film uses little gore and violence in favour of suspense and atmosphere, this makes the film genuinely more scary and exciting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "..COOL THRILLER.." 21 April 2012
This was a fun movie to watch, great cast, cool story and played out quite well til the end.. the open credit sequence to the movie is also rather cool. Its definatly worth a watch, Dont expect blood and violence, it drives you more on shocks and chills!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Grieving over the loss of their son, David and Amy Fox are driving thru the night heading towards their destination...the signing of the divorce papers!. David unwisely leaves the interstate looking for a short cut and swerves to avoid hitting a raccoon, this causes engine trouble and eventually they have to settle for staying at a grotty roadside motel until the car can be fixed in the morning. Upon attempting to relax in their dirty and poorly decorated room, they are disturbed by loud banging on the doors to their room, this is merely the start of a night of terror as the Fox's will be forced to fight to stay alive in the confines of this Horror Motel!

Seen it before? Yes we all most certainly have, from proto slashers to Euro terrors, the couple under siege formula is as old as the hills themselves. But Vacancy has such a sense of fun and a unique use of its plot setting, that even a terribly formulaic cop out towards the end is mostly forgiven. The setting is one dirty hole of a motel, but the dirt is not merely confined to the structure and basic house keeping of the place, the worst dirt comes in a terrifying form that is fully formed from the moment we meet the creepy motel manager (a wonderfully cheesy Frank Whaley). From here our intrepid couple, very well played by Luke Wilson & Kate Beckinsale, must use the most basic resources to hand, to hopefully escape the clutches of masked assailants intent on gutting them in the name of entertainment.

What follows is the usual jumps and perilous set ups, and a quirky line in labyrinth adventure. But then that ending that almost derails the whole picture, it does hurt it because we the viewers can only feel let down that the makers chose to not stay with what would have been an impacting turn of events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT THRILLER 27 Aug 2012
By Ali M
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This movie has everything you could want from a thriller, tension, excitment, well paced, excellent actors, characters you care about. Another plus point (in my opinion) is that the movie does not have much violence and instead relies on suspence and storytelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 29 April 2012
By lori29
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What can i say "i loved it!! This is one of the greatest films ive seen in a long time it has everything you want to see in a horror movie.The 2nd one however was rubbish.
This one actually scared me through out i was on the edge of my seat many times.
I would definatley recommend this to horror film lovers youll not be disappointed!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "One last little adventure together..." 12 Jun 2011
So, this bickering couple leave the interstate and promptly find themselves in an isolated motel with cockroaches in the bathroom and a manager who's like Ned Flanders in a 'Treehouse' episode. Which isn't good. You'd think people would have learned by now: never, EVER leave the interstate! But anyway, they do, and before you know it, there's mysterious banging, videotapes, masked men, knives, blood, and lousy room service ...

Okay, we've seen it all before, us jaded horror fans. Yet despite its lack of originality this little movie is surprisingly effective. It takes its time to introduce the couple. It doesn't give them, individually, a great deal of depth or detail. We don't learn what jobs they have, for instance, or where they live. It's more about their relationship, which is explored with a surprising amount of delicateness. Beckinsale and Wilson genuinely feel like a thirty-something couple whose marriage is on the rocks. We learn that they are returning from a parents' wedding anniversary party, that they are tired from the strain of having to pretend to be a happy couple; and we think, yes, they'd be like this. It's probably for this reason that we really start to care when there is a knocking on their door at a very antisocial hour.

From then on, it's played straight. It doesn't try to be funny, or camp, or clever, and it certainly doesn't push any barriers. It just gives us a lot of good, honest scares. It is an old-fashioned slasher flick boiled down to its basic elements, and served up without irony.

Only the ending is disappointing; the film goes out with a fizzle. You are waiting for the climax, only to see the credits roll. Even a small-scale, unassuming film like this needs something bigger. Apart from that, this is all good stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good horror!
Really good horror film that keeps you in suspense, I'm a huge fan of horrors and have watched some rubbish ones in my time but this is one of my faves! Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Chinnock
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth checking in
'Vacancy' is a very American, and certainly above average thriller. It starts off very good, and has enough scary moments throughout to keep you interested. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ReviewBlog51
1.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting
I have p a I'd for this 21st's 10th April now and I'm still waiting,,it looks so good..pity I can't track it,,,hope to receive it soon,,,,,,
Published 5 months ago by carol mcnulty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film.
This film didn't disappoint. At first I thought it was going to be like another motel slaughter plot, but it actually wasn't, & kept us gripped all the way through. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mazzybabe
5.0 out of 5 stars VACANCY DVD (2007)
Fantastic film ! this is some good, clever acting here from both actor's Kate Beckensale (Amy) & Luke Wilson (David) get lost along a dark long stretch of a road they stumble... Read more
Published 11 months ago by jaide coquelin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value
This DVD arrived within a week of ordering and was in a very good condition. Although this film is relatively old now it is still a great scary film, if nothing else it will stop... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michelle M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service.
Consistent with a great service as always. If only evryone could provide service like this. Will continue to use without any hesitation. With thanks.....A+.
Published 13 months ago by Slashley
3.0 out of 5 stars Typically American
I'd happily watch Kate Beckinsale watch paint dry......

Ok, maybe not, but this is a film I found painful in places to watch. Read more
Published 16 months ago by HayWayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior!
s i m p l y d o e s n ' t g e t a n y b e t t e r !
Published 18 months ago by Christian Edlmayer
4.0 out of 5 stars Vacancy
This is a great film, very creepy and has some jumpy bits. Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson are great on screen together and play their parts very well. Well worth a watch.
Published on 26 April 2012 by MissCxx
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