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No Vacancy (2012)

The Helpers (original title)
R | | Horror | 1 January 2012 (USA)
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Seven friends on a road trip break down near a rest-stop motel, where they encounter a seemingly helpful group of people. Convinced to stay overnight, the friends wake up in their rooms to a gruesome and bloody terror.

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Jordan (as Alfred Thomas)
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Anna
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When their car breaks down, seven friends on a road trip are forced to stop at a roadside motel for help. With no other option, the friends are convinced to spend the night but soon realize they are trapped, then are tortured and killed off one at a time. Now, they'll need to work together and fight to survive the seemingly helpful group of people who have turned their overnight stay into a dreadful, gory nightmare. Written by Grindstone Entertainment Group, LLC.

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We are the helpers, we help put people out of their misery. See more »

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Rated R for brutal bloody violence, strong sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Warning: may contain elements of 'found footage' genre
14 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sometimes you have to wonder whether there are any American teenagers left in the country. Another car-load of them has only gone and broken down in the middle of nowhere and found themselves fall foul of... whatever the latest crop of psychos lie in wait for them.

It's nothing new, but then horror has little 'new' left in it, but at least we can hope for an entertaining ride. Sadly, 'entertaining' isn't a word I'd use to describe 'The Helpers.' The word I'd use is 'annoying.' We're used to annoying teenagers running right back into the clutches of the killers instead of sprinting for the hills as fast as they can. But, here we have not just the stupidest seven teenagers ever (yes, expect all the clichés, i.e. not bothering to actually kill the baddies, only running away leaving them to get up again and continue the pursuit), but also the most annoying baddies ever.

It's actually hard to tell the difference between the annoying teens being stalked and the annoying teen killing them. It's like a convention of shrieking MTV presenters being doused in red paint. The killers have no credibility about them. They're not scary, just irritating. And their backstory regarding why they're like they are doesn't really hold up.

Then, to add final insult to injury, the film-maker includes many sections of 'found footage.' If you don't know what that is, then you obviously haven't been watching enough low budget horror movies these days. It's basically the most overused technique in film-making that allows a slender budget to try and be stretched to the breaking point.

The Helpers adds nothing new to the horror genre. It borrows elements of far better films, such as Hostel, The Hitchhiker and Vacancy. My advice: watch one of them instead.


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