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Vacancy [DVD] [2007]


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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 (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SNUQYO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,090 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A suspenseful, classic thriller, in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, starring Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale, that will keep you on the edge of your seat and your heart pounding! 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 whomever is watching them can finish their latest masterpiece.

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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, Amazon.com


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3.6 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on 21 April 2012
Format: DVD
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 on 29 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
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 By Kay-arne Hansen on 25 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
I liked Antal's "Kontroll" when I saw it on the TIFF festival a few years ago, and this one is another positive experience.

The most common letdown with films like these are the too-stupid-to-live 'heroes' and 'heroines' that the film demands a continuous string of idiotic decisions from, since there could not conceivably be any other way of pushing the plot forward and/or create suspense.

Not so here - the main characters are surprisingly (but still within the believable range) resourceful in the face of danger, and thus you are actually able to give a damn if they die or not. The flick is suspenseful and spooky enough to leave your hunger for such suitably satisfied.

Minor inconsistencies like having wall-to-wall carpets in your kill-otel snuff suite (the blood's gonna be a bitch to get out!) and not exactly super-original setting (but what is original *and* good these days? Not a lot!) fails the film from reaching the full five stars...but still all in all a very positive experience after what I expected to be a rather so-so flick.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Cronin on 13 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Westenberg on 21 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
I thought this movie was exciting and heart stopping from start to finish, the very cleverly build up of terror in the viewer is created by suspence rather than gore bloody violence which is perfect for anyone like me who loves a good thriller but not the blood gore grusum scenes that some times go with those type of films.

I would recommend this film to most age groups who love to be thrilled and at the edge of there seat the whole wAY THROUGH BUT ARE LEFT SATISFIED BY HAPPY ENDINgs. My 14 year old daughter watched this with me and we both loved every minute of this fim.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 5 Dec 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Couple Amy and David Fox(Kate Beckinsdale and Luke Wilson) are forced to leave the interstate and after hitting an animal encounter problems with their car. They come across a garage and the mechanic seemingly fixes the problem. However, a mile down the road and the car breaks down. They return on foot to the garage, but the mechanic has gone home.
They see a motel across the road, and are greeted at reception by creepy Mason(Frank Whaley) who offers them the honeymoon suite for the night. They accept the offer and attempt to settle down for the night.First off, they hear loud knocking on the door of the room, and on the walls, David tells Mason and it stops. Then, David who cant get the television to work, decides to put on a video that he finds on top of the goggle box. Its a home video.People are being killed in it. The room looks awfully familiar. Then theres another knock at the door...
When I watched the superb opening title sequence that brings to mind Saul Bass's best work for Hitchcock, I thought I was in for a real treat. Okay, its an enjoyable enough thriller, with a couple of creepy touches, but it did dissapoint with its lack of scope. It builds up a very tense situation, only to turn into a routine cat and mouse thriller with a lame duck ending. The two leads give good performances, and theres excellent support from Whaley, but I found it all a little familiar.Maybe its just that I'm a little jaded and was over expectant as to what I would see.
Still, an entertaining enough watch, and those opening and closing title sequences sure are good. 3 out of 5
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