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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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Killer (as Scott G. Anderson)
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Truck Driver (as Mark Cassella)
David Doty ...
Highway Patrol
Norm Compton ...
Snuff Victim
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Snuff Victim (as Meegan E. Godfrey)
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Brenda B (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)
Ernest Misko ...
Snuff Victim (as Ernie Misko)
Bryan Ross ...
Snuff Victim
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Storyline

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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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hotel sin salida  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,603,376, 22 April 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,363,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,300,645
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Mark L. Smith stated that he used to live in Colorado with his wife and they would frequently drive down to New Mexico. During these drives, they would see all these isolated motels in the middle of nowhere that never seemed to have any customers. Smith started to wonder how these empty motels stayed in business, and that is how he came up with the idea of an isolated motel that was actually a front for selling snuff films of its traveling guests. Smith also mentioned that New Mexico was the original setting for the film, however, this was not made apparent in the film, as the location of the Pinewood Motel is never exactly specified. It is still entirely possible that the Pinewood is located in New Mexico as it is mentioned that David and Amy live in California. The Pinewood could also be located near the Sierra Nevadas in California or Nevada since it is mentioned to be "by the mountains" and David and Amy are apparently on the last leg of their trip. The film's prequel, Vacancy 2: The First Cut; also written by Smith, is mentioned to take place in North Carolina, however it is never specified whether or not the motel in the film is the Pinewood. North Carolina is also home to the Appalachian Mountains, which would fit the description of "by the mountains". See more »

Goofs

When David discovers the trap door in the bathroom floor, the mat is flat over the door, however one of the bad guys had already been in and out of the room through the trapdoor. There would be no way for them to lay the mat back flat after the door was closed. See more »

Quotes

[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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A couple checked in to a motel, will they check out ?
21 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Vacancy is a shot of thriller mix with a shot of horror served straight up,no ice, in room temperature. A great great movie for this type of genre OBVIOUSLY not for everyone, but if you are a fan and feel a little down about many other so called horror, thriller movies that are simply S*@T, movies that are relying on fancy special effects or remakes of other films from the past or different country LATELY, well, this would be the one movie you won't feel crappy paying full price for.

Luke Wilson and Kate Beckensale ( perfect cast ) play a couple who check into a motel after a long drive,the rest is an intense ride That will glue you eyes to the screen.I see the movie as a tribute to the 70's thriller/horror/action ( home invasion, psychotic killer type of films )You can see this right from the opening credits. There are moments where Vacancy could go bad and disappointing ( I was actually waiting for it )but it did not ( a bit on the ending being cliché, but I was OK to give it a pass ).WELL DIRECTED, WELL CAST, AND WELL SHOT.


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