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Vacancy -- A suspenseful, classic thriller, in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, starring Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale, that will keep you on the edge of your seat and your heart pounding!  A married couple on the brink of divorce is forced to stay at a roadside motel when their car breaks down.  Inside their room, the couple finds a stack of snuff films which were filmed in the very room they're stay...
Vacancy -- A young married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film
Vacancy -- Clip: I know exactly where we are
Vacancy -- Trailer: Phone
Vacancy -- Clip: Looking for mistakes


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Writer (WGA):
Mark L. Smith (written by)
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Release Date:
20 April 2007 (USA) See more »
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A young married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Kate Beckinsale ... Amy Fox

Luke Wilson ... David Fox

Frank Whaley ... Mason

Ethan Embry ... Mechanic

Scott Anderson ... Killer (as Scott G. Anderson)
Mark Casella ... Truck Driver (as Mark Cassella)
David Doty ... Highway Patrol
Norm Compton ... Snuff Victim

Caryn Mower ... Snuff Victim

Meegan Godfrey ... Snuff Victim (as Meegan E. Godfrey)

Kym Stys ... Snuff Victim

Andrew Fiscella ... Steven R

Dale Waddington ... Brenda B (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)
Ernest Misko ... Snuff Victim (as Ernie Misko)

Bryan Ross ... Snuff Victim
Chevon Hicks ... Snuff Victim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Dunigan ... Maricopa county sheriff (uncredited)

Chuck Lamb ... Snuff Victim (uncredited)

Cary Wayne Moore ... Snuff Guy #4 (uncredited)

Richie Varga ... Snuff Guy #3 (uncredited)

Directed by
Nimród Antal 
Writing credits
Mark L. Smith (written by)

Produced by
Stacy Cramer .... executive producer (as Stacy Kolker Cramer)
Glenn S. Gainor .... executive producer
Hal Lieberman .... producer
Brian Paschal .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paul Haslinger 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Sekula 
Film Editing by
Armen Minasian 
Casting by
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger 
David Rapaport 
Production Design by
Jon Gary Steele 
Art Direction by
Chris Cornwell 
Set Decoration by
Traci Kirshbaum 
Costume Design by
Maya Lieberman 
Makeup Department
Michelle Bühler .... key makeup artist (as Michelle Buhler)
Cydney Cornell .... hair stylist: Ms. Beckinsale
Yvonne Depatis-Kupka .... key hair stylist
Robert Hall .... special makeup effects designer: Almost Human
Eric Koo .... sculptor: Almost Human
Scott Patton .... special makeup effects concept designer
Erik Porn .... lab technician: Almost Human
Darnell Shepherd .... hair/lab technician: Almost Human Inc.
Vasilios Tanis .... makeup artist: Ms. Beckinsale
Production Management
Glenn S. Gainor .... unit production manager
Nicolas Stern .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ingrid K. Behrens .... second second assistant director
Adam Druxman .... first assistant director
Adam Druxman .... second unit director
Adam Ben Frank .... second assistant director: second unit
James Moran .... second assistant director
Marc Newland .... second second assistant director: second unit
Angela C. Tortu .... first assistant director: second unit (as Angela Tortu)
Art Department
Tony Bohorquez .... lead model maker
Claudia Bonfe .... set dressing buyer
Max E. Brehme .... property master
Paul Cunningham .... gang boss
David Eckert .... assistant art director
Rob Garlow .... construction foreman (as Robert Garlow)
Todd Harris .... storyboard artist
Brock Helfer .... set dresser
Vinson Jae .... stand-by painter
Richard W. Jones .... stand-by greens
Mark Kelly .... props assistant
Eric Koo .... sculptor
Holiday Landa .... art coordinator
John Markovich .... on-set dresser
Ray Maxwell .... stand-by carpenter
Johnny P. McIntyre .... labor foreman
Barbara Mesney .... set designer
Candice Muriedas .... art assistant
John Naehrlich .... lead man
Joe Ondrejko .... construction coordinator
Micah Roehr .... propmaker
William V. Ryder .... set designer
Christopher Schultz .... assistant property master
Trey Shaffer .... graphic designer
James E. Tocci .... set designer (as James Tocci)
Kevan Weber .... set dresser
Sound Department
Bill W. Benton .... supervising sound mixer
Gaston Biraben .... dialogue editor
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor (as Chic Ciccolini III)
Rickley W. Dumm .... sound effects editor (as Rickley Dumm)
Linda Folk .... adr supervisor
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Kurt Peterson .... boom operator
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Ed White .... sound mixer
Brian Williams .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Jason Dodd .... special effects foreman
William N. Greene III .... special effects foreman
John C. Hartigan .... special effects coordinator (as John Hartigan)
Roger Lifsey .... special effects foreman
Chris Walkowiak .... special effects coordinator (as Christopher Walkowiak)
Visual Effects by
Levi Ahmu .... visual effects artist
Casey Allen .... Flame artist
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects producer (as Raoul Y. Bolognini)
Kristen Branan .... head of production
Doug Cram .... digital compositor
An H. Dang .... technical assistant (as An Dang)
Spence Fuller .... digital compositor
Scott Gregory .... digital film colorist
Dmitri Gueer .... visual effects editor: Zoic Studios
Paul Hill .... digital compositor
Chris Ingersoll .... Flame artist
Chris John Jones .... creative director: Zoic Studios
Darren MacKay .... digital compositor
Brian Nugent .... Inferno artist
Brian Nugent .... digital compositor
Rocco Passionino .... visual effects supervisor
R. Matt Smith .... compositing supervisor
Jakris Smittant .... visual effects coordinator
Trevor Strand .... digital compositor
Sean Wallitsch .... Inferno artist
Loeng Wong-Savun .... visual effects artist
Zachariah Zaubi .... digital compositor
Thomas Nittmann .... visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
Edson Williams .... visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
Ryan Zuttermeister .... visual effects coordinator: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
Arturo Dickey .... stunt rigger
Donna Evans .... stunts (as Donna Evans Merlo)
Marvin Francis .... stunt rigger
Lance Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
Meegan Godfrey .... stunts
Michael B. Johnson .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt double
Diana R. Lupo .... stunt double: Kate Beckinsale
Matt McColm .... stunts
Dustin Meier .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
T. Ryan Mooney .... stunt double: Frank Whaley
Caryn Mower .... stunts
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Erik Rondell .... stunts
Peter B. Simpson .... stunt rigger
Kym Stys .... stunt performer
Glen Yrigoyen .... stunts
Jason Shupe .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jake Avignone .... second assistant camera: second unit
Gary Bevans .... camera loader
Julian de la Pena .... electrician
Matthew Fabian .... grip
Michael Herron .... digital video assist operator
Joe Hill .... grip
Mark Hochman .... computer/24 frame video engineer
Valentine Marvel .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Niles McElroy .... lighting technician
Marc Meisenheimer .... gaffer
Riggs Murdock .... camera operator
Riggs Murdock .... director of photography: second unit
Dwayne Platz .... additional grip
Lyle Robbins .... rigging electrician
David Schmalz .... second video assist operator
Josh Seifert .... grip rigger
Casey Sherrier .... assistant camera
Gene Abel Soto .... best boy grip: second unit (as Abel Soto)
Gene Abel Soto .... grip (as Abel Soto)
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
James 'Biff' Thomsen .... electrician
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam operator
R. Gern Trowbridge .... assistant chief lighting technician
Lance Jay Velazco .... additional video assist operator
Robert Zullo .... key grip
Julius Graham .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Billy Gunn .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Sean Tuell .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Haffner .... costumer
Heidi Higginbotham .... costume supervisor
Leah Katznelson .... costumer
Courtney Ormond .... key costumer
Kanani Wolf .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Scott Gregory .... digital film colorist
Blair Miller .... editorial production assistant
David Reale .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Mark Curry .... scoring mixer
John Jacobellis .... assistant music editor
Tracy McKnight .... executive soundtrack producer
Dave Porter .... composer: additional music
Brian Richards .... music editor
Brian Williams .... composer: additional music
Chris Newlin .... score production coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James G. Brill .... driver
Dan Brizendine .... transportation captain
Jayson Ehlers .... transportation co-captain
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Ron M Neil .... driver
Irv Press .... driver generator operator
Mike Storc .... transportation
John Yarbrough .... driver
Other crew
Lauren Abiouness .... production assistant
Sara Bartkiewicz .... production secretary
Jennifer Blair .... production coordinator
Nicholas Brown .... second assistant accountant
Randin Brown .... production assistant
Linda Brown-Salome .... unit publicist
Matty Cardarople .... assistant: Mr. Wilson (as Matthew Cardarople)
John Charles .... software manager: Sony DAC
Kate Clarke .... photo double: Kate Beckinsale
Missy Coggiola .... assistant: Ms. Beckinsale
Nicky Craft .... payroll accountant
Grant Cross .... additional set production assistant
Ricky Cuevas .... first assistant accountant
Bill Delaney .... production assistant
Erin Dicker .... assistant: Mr. Antal
Brian Dittmar .... production assistant
Caleb Duffy .... location manager
John Claude Fedrick .... production assistant
Matt Fuller .... production assistant (as Matthew F. Fuller)
Patricia A. Fullerton .... script supervisor
Danny Giles .... key set production assistant
Lindsay Hudson .... set medic
Henry Humphreys .... medic
Zachary Kahn .... assistant location manager
Jeff Ketcham .... production assistant
Jon Ko .... medic
Lauren Brooke Kurfirst .... assistant: Mr. Gainor
Cary Sato Lee .... assistant craft service
Sergio Manzo .... stand in/double
K. Lynn Martin .... script supervisor: second unit
Bonnie Mercado .... Stand In for Kate Beckinsale
Carla Meyer .... dialect coach
Caroline Miller .... second assistant accountant
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot
Jill Rosenblatt .... production accountant
Monica Sandstede .... story editor: Screen Gems
V.W. Scheich .... production coordinator
Charlie E. Scott Jr. .... craft service
Charlie Scott .... key craft service
Tim Seitter .... production assistant
Tyrrell Shaffner .... production assistant
Sue Smith .... assistant production coordinator
Katie Taylor .... assistant: Mr. Lieberman and Mr. Paschal (as Katherine Taylor)
Jacob M. Torres .... assistant location manager (as Jacob Torres)
Benton Ward .... RF technician
Kelly Williams .... assistant craft service
Sargon Yoseph .... production assistant
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
Vaughn Tyree Jelks .... assistant to director (uncredited)

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Rated R for brutal violence and terror, brief nudity and language
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Ireland:16 | Ireland:18 (DVD rating) | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:18PL | Netherlands:16 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R

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Shipped to theaters under the name "Temporary Arrangement."See more »
Continuity: When Amy and David climb out of the 'secret' door and into the little store, David places the cover back over the door and we see that the handle on the door's cover is closest to the table with the cash register, however when David knocks that table over and the camera pans back to the 'secret' door the handle is moved to the opposite side.See more »
[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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93 out of 135 people found the following review useful.
Worth Checking In, 18 June 2007
Author: Simon Parker from United Kingdom

Vacancy has Alfred Hitchcock's finger prints smeared all over it, in fact at several times, especially the quite nifty looking opening credits, seems a lot like a homage to the great horror maestro himself. Its true, that even many years after Hitchcok finished making movies, that his movie still stay in memory for longer than most of the recent Hollywood horror that has arrived. The Birds and Psycho are far more memorable than the House of Wax remake or The Reaping. Hitchcock's movies worked because he had great characterisation and also a great sense of atmosphere, you could sit and watch a Hitchcock movie and be terrified for half an hour before anything scary actually happens. The sense of foreboding and incredibly skilfully done atmosphere did that to an audience. Nowadays we get cheap jump out of your seat scares and torture scenes designed to sicken. Initially my thoughts towards seeing Vacancy were not great, the trailer looked alright, but my guess was it would just be another lame, modern slasher flick. So what a great surprise to say that Vacancy is a good little movie that actually has some genuine scares in it. The movie isn't gory, nor is it jumpy, the movie is unsettling and creepy. Now this is what a true horror movie should do in my eyes, if a movie can unsettle without resorting to jump scares then it is a success. Vacncay pulls this off, well it pulls this off for a majority of the time. The movie is an absolute success until the ending, at the ending it seems to flounder a bit and leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. But everything up until the ending is a joy to watch.

What surprised me most about Vacancy has to be the actual acting. When I saw the trailer and saw that Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson were the leading couple I nearly burst out laughing. For starters Luke Wilson is a comedy man, he's designed to make funny movies. Well when I say funny movies I mean if he has the right material as just recently I've found him as unfunny as can be. Kate Beckinsale just doesn't seem the type to be in a horror movie. But its this bizarre casting that pays off so well. Luke Wilson really proves himself in this movie, to the extent I want him to focus more on a serious acting career, he seems to be more at home here than he has in years with his comedy movies. Kate Beckinsale also proves herself admirably. The pair are believable, and you actually start to care for them. Wishing that they will escape the nightmare, hoping that they find a way out. Their performances are so much different from the usual stupid teenagers we see in horror movies today, its refreshing to see adults in this horrific situation. The villains of the movie are also quite menacing for the majority of the time, the hotel manager played by Frank Whaley is a good character. He's not on screen too often, but he does play a creepy little man very well.

So what of the scares then? Well as I've said the movie is at times pretty scary. Not for the first twenty minutes mind you, that is dedicated for set up and too increase the atmosphere. Those scenes work very well and once again its refreshing to see genuine character development in a horror movie, made better by the fact the two leads are great. However, the minute the couple enter the hotel room the focus shifts. Bangings on the wall and doors begin, the phone rings with nobody on the other end. From that point onwards the movie gets terrifying, the bangings on the wall really starts to creep you out at one point. Once the big bad secret about the motel is discovered, after watching some tapes, and the lights suddenly go out. The movie succeeds in terrifying. After the lights go out I guarantee you will be sitting on the edge of your seats. The movie does a couple of jump scares here and there, but it focuses mainly on the unseen terror. The minute the bangings stopped you aren't relieved, you're even more terrified because then you don't know what the people are up to. Its this sense of terror that makes the movie worthy of a recommendation. Its nice to see a horror movie try scaring and unsettling the audience once in a while. Its nothing a hardcore horror fan can't handle, but it definitely will unsettle the general population of people.

As I've said the movie isn't perfect. The ending being the major setback of the movie. After the brilliant set up, and the scary middle section, the ending seems to run out of steam. In fact it seemed like the writers wasn't sure what to do anymore and did a few obvious things and quickly ended the movie. It feels rushes and unlike the rest of the movie, unskillfully made. Its the ending that fails in making this a complete homage to Hitchcock, Hitchcock could deliver an ending, this movie doesn't really get an ending. The ending is enough to leave you satisfied, but in a movie that exceeds all expectations you expect more from the ending.

Vacancy is a good old fashioned horror/thriller. Its only let down by its pretty disappointing ending. The run time is pretty short, making the experience short and sharp enough to pack a real punch. Its really worth checking out just for the brilliant set up and middle section. But the ending really does make the movie suffer a little bit. Still this is definitely a good horror movie, and more horror movies made in this style would be a welcome relief.

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