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Vacancy (film)

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Director  Nimrod Antal
Sequel  Vacancy 2: The First Cut
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Horror, Thriller
Screenplay  Mark L. Smith
Writer  Mark L. Smith
Language  English
Vacancy (film) movie poster

Release date  April 20, 2007 (2007-04-20)
Cast  Kate Beckinsale (Amy Fox), Luke Wilson (David Fox), Ethan Embry (Mechanic), Scott G. Anderson (Killer), Frank Whaley (Mason), Mark Casella (Le routier)

Tagline  Once you've checked in... The terror begins.
Similar  Snuff 102, 8mm (film), My Little Eye

Vacancy is a 2007 American horror film directed by Nimród Antal and starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson. It was released April 20, 2007, by the distributor Screen Gems. Early in the film's development, it was thought Sarah Jessica Parker would star; but, in September 2006, The Hollywood Reporter announced Kate Beckinsale had been signed instead.


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On their way home from a family party, David (Luke Wilson) and Amy Fox (Kate Beckinsale), who are on the verge of divorce after a family tragedy drove them apart, take a wrong turn on a remote mountain road. Once their vehicle ceases working, they discover there is no cell phone reception, and start walking back to a motel across the street from an auto repair garage they had stopped at earlier. Oddly, when they arrive, there are no cars in the parking lot. At the office, they hear piercing screams coming from the back room. The motel manager, Mason (Frank Whaley), appears and explains that the noises are coming from the television. They book a room for the night.

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In their room, the couple hear loud and insistent banging on their door and on the door to the adjacent room. They also receive anonymous phone calls, despite being told by Mason they are the only people staying there. David notifies Mason of the situation, and he says he'll take care of it. Back in the room, David looks for recreation, and takes a peek at the video tapes left on top of their rooms television. At first they appear to be horror movies, but, after careful observation, he realizes they are snuff films, which were made in their motel room. David then searches the room, finding hidden security cameras, and concludes they are being watched by Mason from his office.

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In the bathroom, the couple is astonished to find the apple Amy left in the car. They flee the room and head for the woods, but two men dressed in blue and wearing masks stop them, so they return to the room and lock the door. David runs to the motel's payphone and dials 9-1-1, but Mason answers. Within seconds, David escapes the phone booth in shock just before the men crash their car into it and chase him back to the room.

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Back in the room, David and Amy hear a truck pull into the parking lot. From the window, they attract the driver's (Mark Casella) attention, but Mason and the men in masks appear behind him; the couple realize he is a part of it and is there to buy the snuff films. David and Amy discover a tunnel from a trapdoor in the bathroom, which the men must have used to leave the apple. They follow it to the manager's office, where they find video monitors taping the entire motel. Amy then calls the cops, but suddenly gets interrupted by Mason before she can give the dispatcher any useful information, leaving them with a lack of help to track them down.

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Followed by two of the masked men, the couple sneak back into the tunnel and take a different route underground, ending up in the auto garage across the lot from the motel. They hold the trapdoor down with heavy items. Meanwhile, a Sheriff's Deputy (David Doty) responding to Amy's call arrives. Mason offers to show the officer around, but he leaves to fetch a different set of keys while the officer continues to search. He finds tapes in one of the rooms and, realizing the nature of the hotel, flees. David and Amy run to him, and they all get inside the police car. They find the engine wire has been cut; and, when the officer gets out to check under the hood, he is killed by the masked men and the couple flee into one of the other motel rooms.

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David hides Amy inside the ceiling, and attempts to venture out alone to get a revolver that was in Mason's office, but the killers surprise and stab David before he can leave, and he ends up collapsing in the doorway, seen by Amy who breaks down in tears. In the morning, Amy comes down and finds the killers' car. As she drives away, a killer breaks into the car from the sun roof and, in her effort to fend him off while driving, crashes the car into the motel, killing her attacker as well as another one of the masked men (revealed to be the gas station attendant (Ethan Embry) who "helped" the couple earlier with their car troubles) as he is crushed against the front of the car. Amy runs into the reception area where she finds the revolver.

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In an effort to reach the revolver, a hot-headed Mason grabs her neck with a telephone cord from his office phone. And as they fight, Mason assaults her severely. In his effort to get a good final shot with his hand-held digital video camera, Amy fights back, and Mason ends up throwing her within reach of the revolver she had dropped, and she shoots him three times, fatally wounding him. Amy immediately runs to David to find that he is still alive, but in serious need of help. She searches Mason's corpse thoroughly for the telephone cord he used, calls 911 again, and finally returns to comfort David while they wait for the cops to arrive.


  • Kate Beckinsale as Amy Fox
  • Luke Wilson as David Fox
  • Frank Whaley as Mason
  • Ethan Embry as the Mechanic
  • Scott G. Anderson as the Killer
  • Release

    Vacancy opened at #4 in its first week at the box office grossing $7.6 million at 2,551 locations. In its second week, the film had a 45.9% drop-off, falling to a #8 position. The film has grossed a total of $35.3 million worldwide.

    Home video

    Vacancy was released on DVD on August 14, 2007 in both fullscreen and anamorphic widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Special features include deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, the full versions of the snuff films, and a trailer gallery. It was also released on Blu-ray Disc and UMD for the PSP. Many versions shipped to Australia featured Sony DVD "anti-piracy" technology, which led to them being unreadable on most DVD players, including Sony DVD players. The DVD featured a commentary by Nimrod Antal, Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, all of whom said they thought the film was a great addition to the horror genre and for not using gore for scares but using psychological horror.

    Advertising and promotion

    The advertising strategy for the film made use of the Internet as well as a toll-free phone number. In addition to the TV spots and trailers shown in theaters and on television, the toll free number was made to sound as if one is actually calling the motel in which the film is set. In the background, screaming can be heard accompanying the voice of the proprietor, who informs callers about "slashing" prices and the "killer" deals that the motel has—if it has a vacancy. The voice of the proprietor is Frank Whaley's. As of August 7, 2015, the toll-free phone number is no longer valid.


    Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 56% of 120 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 5.5/10. The site's consensus reads: "Vacancy's restraint with gore is commendable, the thin characters and B-movie cliches less so." Metacritic rated it 54/100 based on 27 reviews.


    Vacancy 2: The First Cut was written by Mark L. Smith, and directed by Eric Bross. The film stars Agnes Bruckner and Trevor Wright. The prequel focuses on how the motel's employees started their tortures.


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