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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):
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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
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
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)

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Rated R for brutal violence and terror, brief nudity and language
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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Sarah Jessica Parker was originally selected for the film, but dropped out and was replaced by Kate Beckinsale.See more »
Factual errors: When the electricity is turned off and on, the TV turns back on and the VCR begins playing again. In reality, they would both remain off until manually turned on again. Even if they could be programmed to start right up as soon as power is resupplied, the video would pick up right where it left off before. In the shots that show the TV as power goes off and back on, when the picture comes back it shows a different scene in the snuff tape, giving the impression that the VCR was running when nothing else was.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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115 out of 159 people found the following review useful.
Linear Thriller, Avoids Pitfalls of Genre, 22 April 2007
Author: gswanson17 from Minneapolis

Amy (Kate Beckinsale) and David Fox (Luke Wilson) are returning from an arduous family reunion, on their way to Los Angeles. On their trip they encounter car problems and inevitably pull into a motel Norman Bates could feel right at home at. After some awkward exchanges with the owner, they reluctantly decide to spend the night. Upon viewing some tasteless horror films in the room, David begins to suspect their authenticity, and that these are actual murders taking place. Furthermore, he is led to believe the room that these events take place in is none other than the room they are currently residing. With this initial set-up, Vacancy wastes no time launching the audience into an engaging, gripping, and somewhat macabre story while borrowing sparingly from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and managing to side step many land mines other horror films fail to see.

Vacancy has both positives and negatives going for it, however the negatives don't seem to affect the narrative as frequently as in other films. The first thought that came to my mind was its running time. At eighty five minutes, the film may move at too brisk of a pace for some, and at times it feels like it should be part of a short horror film festival, rather than a stand alone feature film. The clichés are very apparent as well-the broken-down car, the mysterious stranger, the out-of-range cell-phone, and the creepy hotel are included, but rather than using them as a crutch for a poor script, the film seems to celebrate their existence. It epitomizes all horror films where the main characters are stranded, encounter mysterious people or creepy locations. The film also fails to successfully flush out the "snuff" film aspect that was so heavily advertised and anticipated. The screen time of these films is very limited and the focus on them is brief. They serve as an fundamental set-up, but after their initial appearance, they fall out of sight and out of mind.

What makes the film much more successful than the average "teen slasher" horror film is, ironically, the absence of teens in the film. In recent years the most successful horror films, in my opinion, like The Sixth Sense, What Lies Beneath, Stir of Echoes, and Hide and Seek all revolve around families, and in particular, the relationships between adults. In Vacancy, Amy and David are a married couple one argument away from a divorce and unlike an amorous, oblivious, teenage couple about to become mincemeat for an axe-murderer, the tension between David and Amy puts them on edge throughout the whole film and translates to tension in the audience while the film builds its suspense. The build of the film also differs from the main pattern set by modern "slasher" films. Winding like a key, the tension never lets down, and unlike the ups and downs of "slasher" films where there are multiple apexes of horror, there is a ratchet effect in Vacancy, where there is no relief and each scene is built upon the previous one. The other very obvious asset to the film is its relative lack of violence compared to most other modern horror films. In recent years, films such as the Saw series, Hostel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Hills Have Eyes have lazily resorted to the shock factor to scare their audience rather than rely on the old saying "It's not the bang that is scary, but rather, the anticipation to the bang." That's not to say that the film isn't violent free, there is some definite violence involved, but in comparison to other films it seems, dare I say, minimal or practical.

The references to Hitchcock's Psycho are refreshingly flattering rather than annoying. In Disturbia, a recent loose remake of Hitchcock's Rear Window, the similarities become annoying and the film loses its intrigue. In Vacancy, the nods to Psycho are very slight. The Pinewood Motel itself is the most obvious example which, like the Bates Motel, is in serious need of redecorating. The beginning credits also throw back to Psycho with its vertical bars violently moving around to forceful string instruments. There are similar references to Halloween as well, but the one thing the film lacks is the characters' emotional dilemma and their feelings of guilt involved in their situation. In Psycho it is Marion's (Janet Leigh) moral dilemma over stealing the money, and in Halloween it is Laurie's (Jamie Lee Curtis) feelings of social inequity. Amy and David do not share this external baggage-their troubled relationship is seemingly repaired through this trial that they are put through and not manifested by a killer such as Michael Myers or Norman Bates. There is no name given to whoever pursues them and there is no correlation that can be drawn between the characters and their tormentors.

All in all Vacancy hits a few high points and is a smart enough film to stay clear of areas where previous horror movies have failed (horrible twist endings such as in Identity). Vacancy has a decent build of suspense, the exclusion of gratuitous violence helps, and the characters are more likable than those of the average horror movie. The letdown is that the film doesn't take any substantial risks. It follows a very linear path, with no deviations, and stays almost exclusively at the motel. It is a film that will entertain, but won't allow for too much out of the box thinking.

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