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Vacancy (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 53

Vacancy's restraint with gore is commendable, the thin characters and B-movie cliches less so.

53

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 15

Vacancy's restraint with gore is commendable, the thin characters and B-movie cliches less so.

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Movie Info

When David and Amy Fox's car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they are froced to stay at the only motel around, with only the TV to entertain them... until they discover that the low-budget slasher movies they're watching 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

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Mark L. Smith

Aug 14, 2007

$19.0M

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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (53) | DVD (19)

It's not pretty, but it's certainly vacant.

June 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Vacancy may be trying to bridge both worlds, but it ends up straddling the fence.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Vacancy, in the end, simply offers a particularly aggressive brand of couples counseling.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's welcome to see another movie that relies more on apprehension and suspense than torture chambers. Vacancy might not get Mr. Hitchcock smiling from above. But he won't be spinning in his grave, either.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Packs a lot of old-fashioned shocks into its taut 80-minute running time.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The point of Vacancy is the terror, not the torture. Horror is vastly more effective when left to the mind's eye and it is what we can't see in Vacancy that truly frightens.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Once the fight-for-their-lives plot kicks in, unfortunately named director Nimród Antal keeps the action intense and well paced.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

An unpleasant and hardly entertaining creepy horror road movie that comes up as vacant as an empty room.

September 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[Director Nimrod] Antal does such a good job that you almost overlook the absurdities built into the screenplay.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

Vacancy is a no-nonsense, no ambition thriller, but sometimes that's more than enough to please.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Very creepy.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

All things considered, not half bad. Indeed, it's much less than half bad.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Un pasatiempo eficaz que recupera parte del espíritu de la clase B al servicio de un relato tenso y por momentos perturbador, sin mayores pretensiones.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Vacancy isn't a commentary, just another graphically violent horror movie, traveling a well-worn path -- urbanites wandering into the countryside and being accosted by rural weirdos.

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Comments (2)
Philadelphia Daily News

It's only in the last act that things begin to get a bit flaky but up till then VACANCY does what it sets out to do without any pretenses.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Vacancy may not be the most wholly original thriller but it has some heart to it and is directed with gritty, old school style by Nimród Antal. Coupled with the good work done by the leads, Vacancy is worth checking into.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Vacancy is an enjoyable, pleasingly old-fashioned thriller with strong performances and some expertly handled suspense sequences. Recommended.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

This more than slightly familiar scenario doesn't give the principals much scope for acting.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Vacancy's an audience divider - a predictable yet occasionally classy film. Depending on your mood it's an efficient exercise in popcorn frights, or a cynical B-movie...

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

director Nimrod Antal settles for a more generic horror-ride as the imperatives of stalk-and-escape take hold. For a while, though, this is first-rate second-hand material.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Terrific turns by all make this a tense, if slightly predictable, treat for terror fans.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

With shades of Psycho and The Birds, Vacancy sure isn't up there with The Master's finest work but, given that we haven't had a decent horror all year, it's a pleasantly creepy surprise.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Kit out the Bates Motel with surveillance cameras, replace Anthony Perkins with the ineffectual Frank Whaley, and you'd have the location for this irritatingly cheapjack snuff-horror thriller, starring Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale as a depressed couple

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

well, however much I wanted to love it, the same old sorts of things happen, and the rigorous plausibility and consistency on which everything depends are thrown away.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

I know, you couldn't make it up. But someone did.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

An effective assembly of familiar chills diminished by its unfortunate mainstream feints.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for Vacancy

It's commendable that Vacancy attempts to leave the audience in total suspense while keeping the gore at a bare minimum. Not to mention the opening credits were pretty darn cool.
But the film tries way too hard to get the characters into the creepy motel; so much of the opening thirty minutes screams contrived. David and Amy Fox (played by Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale respectively) can't stand the sight of each other any more, not since their son died. This tragic act has caused David and Amy to act like total assholes to each other, never passing on the opportunity to make a passive aggressive mark. It's hard to really connect with these two.
Once they enter the room and realize they're actually in a room where assailants will soon come and torture them to death, they attempt an escape. What ensues are mostly uninspired chase scenes that occasionally succeed in executing a good scare or two, but for the most part feel cliched and reminiscent of too many other movies. It feels long and drawn out even though its 85 minute running time is barely feature length. While the references to Hitchcock are aplenty, Vacancy is nowhere near the same league. You'll forget having seen it as soon as it's over.
September 19, 2013
MovieGeek13

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Poorly cast, badly acted, script?, cliched, seen it all before but better etc etc. There isn't even a redeeming twist ending to make it all alright. Your husband has just been stabbed, do you a) Wait for the stabber to leave and then help him b) Attack the stabber c) Run like crazy and get some help or d) Have a little nap in the attic. If your answer is D this movie was made for you. About as scary as a pair of fluffy slippers.
February 27, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

OK what's the point of this??? lol! its so stupid and hardly scary a tall. For a start it has Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale in it...now forgive me but Wilson is a comedy actor right? Beckinsale is an English rose with a vamp streak but hardly 'Hostel' style horror victim. Neither of them fit the part of this film in the slightest, it just doesn't work, simple.
The main baddie is laughable, not in the least bit scary, more 'Basil Fawlty' really lol! and his drones aren't explained either, why do they kill people? how they got into it, where they come from etc...they just turn up looking like 'Mike Myers'.

There is no logic to the film, how could a motel survive when they kill their guests? where do they put the bodies? surely its abit suspicious? where do they put the dead guest's cars? the smell? and on top of that there are numerous occasions when Wilson and Becks could escape easily or take down some of the nutters, but all the time your just waiting for Wilson to say something silly and funny.

The bottom line is the film just ain't scary, tense, creepy or gory in anyway and that includes the somewhat lame snuff movie clips you see, the whole film sinks with no survivors.
February 9, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

    1. David Fox: [having seen a snuff movie] At least they could've provided us with a little bit of porn.
    – Submitted by Bria M (2 years ago)
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