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Vacancy (2007)

A married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They soon realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film.

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David and Amy Fox find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere when their car breaks down. Luckily, they come across a motel with a TV to entertain them during their overnight stay. However, there's something very strange and familiar about the Grade-Z slasher movies that the motel broadcasts for its guests' enjoyment. They all appear to be filmed in the very same room they occupy! Realizing that they are trapped in their room with hidden cameras now aimed at them filming their every move, David and Amy desperately find a means of escape through locked doors, crawlspaces and underground tunnels before they too become the newest stars of the mystery filmmaker's next cult classic! Written by alfiehitchie

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How can you escape...if they can see everything? See more »

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Rated R for brutal violence and terror, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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20 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,603,376 (USA) (20 April 2007)

Gross:

$18,986,844 (USA) (25 May 2007)
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Trivia

The advertising strategy for the film made use of the Internet as well as a toll-free phone number. The number was made to sound as if one is actually calling the Pinewood Motel. In the background, screaming can be heard accompanying the voice of the proprietor, who informs callers about "slashing" prices and the "killer" deals that the motel has-if it has a vacancy. The voice of the proprietor is none other than Frank Whaley's. The toll free phone number for the ad is 1-888-9-VACANCY (1-888-9-8222629). As of August 7, 2015, the toll-free phone number is no longer valid. See more »

Goofs

The bathroom window has three panes of glass. When David uses the towel bar to break the window, he breaks the center pane and then the bottom pane. A few seconds later, he appears to smash the bottom pane and then the center pane again. See more »

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[first lines]
David Fox: [after swerving while driving] Son of a bitch!
Amy Fox: What are you doing?
David Fox: It was a goddamn raccoon in the middle of the road!
Amy Fox: Well, better to kill us than get a little roadkill on the car, huh?
David Fox: Well, we're still alive. I can tell by the pissy look that you're giving me.
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Promising Beginning, Corny and Commercial Conclusion
20 February 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While driving during the night, David Fox (Luke Wilson) leaves the interstate and takes a shortcut through a lonely road. He is in a divorce process with his wife Amy (Kate Beckinsale), who is sleeping in the car, after the loss of their son Charlie. In order to avoid hitting a raccoon, David breaks down the fan of his car and the couple finds stranded in the road. Without any other alternative, they decide to spend the night in a nasty low budget motel in the middle of nowhere. While watching some amateurish slash movies in the VCR, David realizes that they have been shot in their room. Sooner they discover that they are trapped in the place and surrounded by sadistic filmmakers of snuff movies.

"Vacancy" has a promising and claustrophobic beginning, with the scared couple stranded in a lonely place with a weird manager of an awful motel and listening to aggressive beats in the doors of their room. The development is also tense and good. However, the corny and commercial conclusion like in a television film spoils the story. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Temos Vaga" ("Vacancy")


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