After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.
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
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 »
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 »
[after swerving while driving]
Son of a bitch!
What are you doing?
It was a goddamn raccoon in the middle of the road!
Well, better to kill us than get a little roadkill on the car, huh?
Well, we're still alive. I can tell by the pissy look that you're giving me.
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VACANCY -- This is a solid movie, it has good solid acting, wonderful direction and excellent Alfred Hitchcock style cinematography and lighting. The plot keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat throughout the entire movie.
I have to tell you that I didn't have high expectations going in to see this movie, I did not think that Luke Wilson would be able to pull it off but he did a very fine job. Kate Beckinsale was superb as always and the motel manager was awesome as was the entire cast - the service station owner and the policeman.
If you want to see this movie DO NOT READ ALL OF THE REVIEWS on IMDb.com as some of them give away the entire plot, just go see the movie.
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