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|VACANCY (director: Nimród Antal; screenwriter: Mark L. Smith; cinematographer: Andrzej Sekula; editor: Armen Minasian; music: Paul Haslinger; cast: Luke Wilson (David Fox), Kate Beckinsale (Amy Fox), Frank Whaley (Mason), Ethan Embry (the Mechanic), David Doty (Highway Patrol); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Hal Lieberman; Screen Gems; 2007)|
creepy horror road movie that comes up as vacant
as an empty room."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
An unpleasant and hardly entertaining creepy horror road movie that comes up as vacant as an empty room. Nimród Antal (Kontroll) directs and the writer is Mark L. Smith. The only thing this trite thriller has going for it is plenty of gore. Supposedly the pleasure it offers is that the violent pervs get taken down in the third act by their vics.
Amy and David Fox (Kate Beckinsale & Luke Wilson) are an unhappy verbally sparring couple lost late at night and with car trouble get stuck in the middle of nowhere after riding off the Interstate. They are forced to stay in a seedy motel that unknown to them has hidden cameras in all the rooms. The innocents are unaware that the creepy motel manager (Frank Whaley) is operating a snuff-film ring and is helped by a sleazy local (Ethan Embry) posing as a car mechanic.
With the beleaguered
motel by their demented tormentors, it becomes a
survive the night. The technically efficient B film
thriller is filled
with gratuitous violence and should appeal mostly to
with a stomach for excessive brutality and a mindset
for trash. It's a
wannabe old-fashioned Hitchcock thriller (supposedly
aiming for a
setting) that turns out to be nothing more than a
tawdry bloody slasher
film with no redeeming social value. Its message seems
to be that one
never late at night get off the Interstate for the
scenic route. Its
message might well be that if at home to not bother
like this if they are on cable late at night when most
anything else is
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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