REAL REVIEW

An entertaining movie, much like a good meal, is worth the price you pay. And even though a bad movie, unlike a bad meal, probably won’t give you the runs, paying $10 dollars to see it will make you feel like shit.

Vacancy

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Some movies you go into expecting the world, and when you are instead confronted with mind numbing mediocrity, you tear up the ticket, and lambaste the film to anyone who will listen. I think films like Waterworld fall victim to this. Waterworld was not a good film, but it wasn’t Earth-shatteringly bad either. However, the expectations got the best of it, and it quickly became the whipping boy for big budget bombs.

With the above situation in mind, I went into this movie with little to no expectations. I had heard the movie wasn’t great, the marketing campaign for the movie was short and unimpressive, and the entire movie appeared to take place in one setting. Those three things warned me that this wasn’t going to be groundbreaking movie making. As such, when I watched the movie, I was surprised that I actually had a pretty damn good time.

The movie starts in the car of a broken couple, David and Amy Fox, as they try to fight through the loss of a child. The initial scene is simple back-story, with the two in the car, bickering, dropping hints as to how their relationship has deteriorated. David apparently combats his pain over his child’s death with sarcasm, and Amy does so differently, with prescription medication. When David steers the car clear of a raccoon in the road, he apparently, and ever so conveniently for a horror movie, “breaks” the car. The couple then mindlessly bickers until they reach a garage.

The repairman, mysteriously ‘fixes’ the car, only to have it stall a mile down the road. The two walk back to the mechanics garage to find him gone, with only one hotel in the area, and all rooms Vacant. It is here where the two find snuff tapes in the hotel room, and realize they are the stars of the very next production.

The movie from here provides some decent jumps and sincerely scary moments. However, it is simple, the storyline is predictable, and the setting… you guessed it, one broken down Motel room after another. The characters do progress nicely over the course of the film, even if they do so in an extremely predictable fashion. That being said, they end up likeable, even if they didn’t start that way.

All in all, this is a good movie to curl up to on a slow night. It won’t scare the hell out of you, but it’s short, well paced, and enjoyable. Keep the expectations in check, and you’ll enjoy this movie.

Average - DVD Bargain BinThis is a likeable movie that you should rent as a Bargain Bin Rental. If you are a fan of the horror genre, then maybe give it a look on New Release DVD.  (Looking at Kate Beckinsale for an hour and twenty is great fun as well)

~Jared

 

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