Reviewed by: Chris Sosa
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Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem?
|Featuring:||Luke Wilson, Kate Beckinsale, Frank Whaley, Andrew Fiscella, Dale Waddington Horowitz|
|Producer:||Brian Paschal, Stacy Cramer, Hal Lieberman|
Let me begin by saying that this review will be brief, as “Vacancy” contains little to no plot and has nothing of value to discuss.
The plot revolves around a couple experiencing severe marital problems. They have recently lost their only child, and are now stranded in the middle of nowhere. To make matters worse, after swerving to avoid an animal in the middle of the road, it seems that their car is experiencing problems. After stopping at a nearby gas station, they are assured by the friendly owner that they will be able to make it to their destination without any serious car problems. However, this does not seem to be the case as their car breaks down a little ways down the road. They walk to a local motel, and after registering for a room, they decide to get some rest. So of course they watch the video on top of the TV, and as horror movies such as “Vacancy” go, it turns out to be a snuff video. And not just any snuff video… This video was filmed in the same room in which the couple is staying…
As far as violent content, this movie is brutal. While not as incredibly gory as many recent horror films, this film revels in realistic brutality. Stabbing and heartless murder are at the center of this twisted story. To be honest, brutal gore would probably be preferable in the eyes of many to the cold-blooded realist murders of “Vacancy.”
Sexual content is very tame for a horror film, as only a comment or two are even made. However, there is one scene contained in a snuff video of a topless woman being murdered. The woman may have possibly been revealing more, but it was difficult to tell, as the camera was very frantic.
Language is pretty average, maybe a little below average. There is quite a bit of strong language, but it is certainly not the most worrisome element of this film. However, it is pretty strong, with numerous uses of the strongest language, and many uses of moderate language.
Christians looking for something of value in this movie will find absolutely nothing. This movie is nothing more than an excuse for an audience to watch a vicious bloodbath, so searching for any moral of love, redemption, or the like would be a complete waste of time. While one can pull some moral out of nearly any movie, this isn’t one of them.
So in closing, just skip this movie. It’s dull, stupid, and utterly worthless. Horror films can be excellent escapist entertainment, and can even have redemptive values, but this is not one of them. I spent most of the time checking my cell-phone clock to see how much longer I’d have to sit through this bore.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Heavy