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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.

Director:

Nimród Antal

Writer:

Mark L. Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Amy Fox
Luke Wilson ... David Fox
Frank Whaley ... Mason
Ethan Embry ... Mechanic
Scott Anderson Scott Anderson ... Killer (as Scott G. Anderson)
Mark Casella Mark Casella ... Truck Driver (as Mark Cassella)
David Doty David Doty ... Highway Patrol
Norm Compton 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 Ernest Misko ... Snuff Victim (as Ernie Misko)
Bryan Ross 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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Once you've checked in... The terror begins. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel sin salida See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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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

The Pinewood Motel was actually built specifically for the film and was not a pre-existing location. Moreover, the Pinewood Motel was actually two entirely separate sets, one interior and one exterior. Director Nimród Antal remarked that the attention to detail by the production designers was astonishing, since they were able to take an entirely new structure and make it look like a run-down dive motel. He remarked that, after shooting each day, he felt that he needed to "shower off" the feel of the set despite it actually being quite clean in real-life. See more »

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when Amy wakes up in morning and crawling towards David then one of those killer appears behind her. next to him there is a mirror in which a crew man get visible. 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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Referenced in Entourage: The Dream Team (2007) See more »

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Now that's quite esnuff of that, thank you very much.
21 January 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Grieving over the loss of their son, David and Amy Fox are driving thru the night heading towards their destination...the signing of the divorce papers!. David unwisely leaves the interstate looking for a short cut and swerves to avoid hitting a raccoon, this causes engine trouble and eventually they have to settle for staying at a grotty roadside motel until the car can be fixed in the morning. Upon attempting to relax in their dirty and poorly decorated room, they are disturbed by loud banging on the doors to their room, this is merely the start of a night of terror as the Fox's will be forced to fight to stay alive in the confines of this Horror Motel!

Seen it before? Yes we all most certainly have, from proto slashers to Euro terrors, the couple under siege formula is as old as the hills themselves. But Vacancy has such a sense of fun and a unique use of its plot setting, that even a terribly formulaic cop out towards the end is mostly forgiven. The setting is one dirty hole of a motel, but the dirt is not merely confined to the structure and basic house keeping of the place, the worst dirt comes in a terrifying form that is fully formed from the moment we meet the creepy motel manager (a wonderfully cheesy Frank Whaley). From here our intrepid couple, very well played by Luke Wilson & Kate Beckinsale, must use the most basic resources to hand, to hopefully escape the clutches of masked assailants intent on gutting them in the name of entertainment.

What follows is the usual jumps and perilous set ups, and a quirky line in labyrinth adventure. But then that ending that almost derails the whole picture, it does hurt it because we the viewers can only feel let down that the makers chose to not stay with what would have been an impacting turn of events. But for a film that's homaging films (and thriller maestros) from the past and clearly doing what it set out to do, it's to me a forgivable error. It's not taking itself too seriously, and you shouldn't too, just check in with the Fox's and get involved with the thrills. 6.5/10


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