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Vacancy [DVD] [2007]

Kate Beckinsale , Luke Wilson , Nimrod Antal    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,350 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
I saw Vacancy at the cinema and was so impressed I bought the bluray. The story is very simple - lone couple in a hotel have to fight for their lives as a pack of snuff film-makers try to murder them to continue their sick business. The plot is very concise - we are given some brief back story about the couple (their marriage is breaking down due to bickering after they lost their child), and the atmosphere is masterfully built through the introduction of the creepy hotel manager. After that, its pretty much all action and no exposition. It brings to mind the horror/slasher movies of the '70s, such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre, where the action is entirely the focus. Like those films, the movie ends at daylight, and there is no mention of what happened next. If you approach this as the B-Movie it is, you will enjoy it. Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale are forgettable in the lead roles - indeed, I think it would have benefitted from using unknowns. The hotel manager however is brilliantly malevolent and well acted.

I should mention that the bluray of this doesn't offer a particularly exceptional picture - if you have a decent upscaling DVD player you are probably better off getting the DVD and saving yourself a few quid. For some reason some movies (e.g. Casino Royale, Dark Knight) look truly exceptional in HD, whereas others look only marginally better than their standard def counterparts. In some cases, bluray can even have a detrimental effect, leading to juddering etc. That's not the case here, but I did not feel that the picture quality of this movie was a particularly shining example of the capabilities of bluray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Red9
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I am rather surprised at some negative views of this film, because as a fan of thriller/horror movies that grab your attention and keep you on the edge of your seat, Vacancy delivers big time.

The story starts, I agree as pretty formula stuff - couple come off the highway, drive in the dark in remote countryside, meet a helpful guy at a rundown petrol station/motel, car breaks down they head back on foot and then you know something isn't right.

It's at this point (unless you have read the other detailed reviews), I will explain a little about what is to follow as this is a no spoiler reviewer. The couple check into the motel and it's isolated, dead, weird and genuinely scary.

It soon becomes apparant the pair have been set up and face an almighty horror situation at the hands of the Motel corrupt staff and they have to escape for their lives, which becomes a thrilling and edge of the seat scary journey.

Vacancy may not have been as much of a gore fest as some horror fans would have liked, and there are definielty plot directions that could have been extended or carry more depth, but there is no denying that Vacancy is a quality, scary and tense thriller that if you don't over analyse will genuinely scare and entertain you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good edge of your seat film worth watching
Published 2 days ago by Anita Hall
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 2 months 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 4 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 6 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 14 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 17 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 19 months ago by Christian Edlmayer
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