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Surprisingly good - 3.5 stars
on 6 March 2009
Although it doesn't have the big names in like the first film, I found `Vacancy 2: The First Cut' to be a much better movie. The story is based 3 years before the first and begins with the owners of the Meadow View Motel secretly video-taping guests having sex for profit, but one guest murders the woman that he is with and the owners have it on tape. They capture the guest and after discussing what to do with him they realise that there may be more of a market for snuff films, so they blackmail him into helping them murder the guests in exchange for them not handing the tape over to the police. A young couple and their friend are then the latest "stars" of their movies.
I wasn't expecting much from this to be honest as I wasn't that impressed with the first film and straight-to-DVD horrors (particularly sequels) tend to be pretty rubbish, this however was very tense, good storyline, well acted and was generally just much better than the one that actually made it to the cinema. One of the things I didn't like about the first film was that there was no real reason for them making the snuff movies but in this one it explains why and actually makes watching the first one again more enjoyable. Again, it's not all that gory and the murders are very subtly filmed, which I liked as it gave it a more Hitchcock's Psycho feel about it.
Overall this is one of the better horror thrillers I've seen recently and is well worth checking out even if you're not a fan of the first film like me. I was very surprised at how good this film was and floats somewhere between 3 stars (the camera work wasn't that great and the story isn't that original) and 4 stars (still impressive and very exciting) so I'll give it a 3.5 star rating.
NOTE: Amazon's synopsis of this product has nothing to do with 'Vacancy 2' and I have no idea which film they are talking about, so ignore it!