- 3/2/2009 12:00:00 AM by The_Void
The original Vacancy was a rather simple but also rather effective andwell done little horror film; and while it certainly wasn't brilliant,I did at least enjoy it. I do have to say that I never really thoughtthe film needed a follow-up, and after finding out that Vacancy 2 wouldbe a direct to video release, I did abandon all hope...but to mysurprise, the film is better than I thought it would be an almostqualifies as being a decent horror film. Naturally I was expecting thisfilm to be more or less the same as the original; but actually it doestake a (slightly) more unexpected route. This film is actually aprequel to the original. The plot begins with a seedy motel where theemployees spy on couples having sex and then sells the tapes to amarketer who gets rid of them on the black market. Things are turnedupside down one day when a man arrives with a prostitute, and killsher. The hotel owners then hatch a plan with the murderer to make snufffilms instead of sex tapes.
The film attempts to explain how exactly the staff of the motel in theoriginal film got into the business of killing people; but due to thebizarre plot decisions spread throughout the film, Vacancy 2 actuallycreates more questions than it answers. For a start, why set it adifferent motel all together? Also, I don't remember seeing ANY of thecharacters of this film in the original. The saddest part is that mostof these changes are put in place because of the ending, which couldhave been a lot neater if only the filmmakers were a bit braver! Still,on its own merits; the film is entertaining, if shallow and silly,entertainment. The victim characters are just your average horror filmfodder and neither invokes any emotion towards them nor do they reallyprovide any interest. The team of killers is slightly moreinteresting...though not much more. Still, it would be silly to go intothis expecting anything more than just a throwaway ninety minutes andthe film was at least more entertaining than I thought it would be. I'dsay it's just about worth a look if you liked the original.
- 1/25/2009 12:00:00 AM by Claudio Carvalho
In 2004, the redneck managers of the Meadow View Motel Gordon (DavidMoscow) and Reece (Brian Klugman) use room 6 to videotape the intimacyof the guests to sell porn movies. When the mysterious Mr. Smith (ScottG. Anderson) checks in with a young woman, they witness the sadisticpsychopath guest stabbing and killing his mate. The footage is asuccess and they decide to make other snuff movies with Smith. WhenCaleb (Trevor Wright), who is traveling from Chicago with his fiancéeJessica (Agnes Bruckner) and his best friend Tanner (Arjay Smith),decides to rest in Meadow View, they have a nightmarish night and tryto survive from the sick intention of the gang.
The underrated "Vacancy 2: The First Cut" is a decent prequel to theoriginal "Vacancy" (which is also a reasonable movie, nothing more thanthat). There are some stupid scenes, like for example Jessica beatingon the window instead of escaping; or the attitude of Tanner in thehouse of Otis and Doris; or the conclusion with the police finding noevidence of the murders; but the final result is not bad or mediocrelike mentioned in some reviews. The screenplay and the story could bebetter but work on DVD. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Temos Vagas 2 - The First Cut" ("Vacancy 2: The FirstCut")
- 11/29/2013 12:00:00 AM by Leofwine_draca
A direct-to-DVD sequel to the surprisingly successful VACANCY, asupposed horror/thriller that I wasn't too fussed about if I'mtruthful. I felt that VACANCY was a film I'd seen a hundred timesbefore, and the same can be said for this low budget sequel which takesthe form of a prequel set in another motel.
The story is very predictable and aimed at the torture porn market. Atravelling group of three teenagers end up staying at a remote motel(is there any other type?) and fall foul of a group of weirdos whodecide to make a snuff film. There are no shocks or surprises here, andthe writing is merely perfunctory. The characters act dumb and stilted,and the worst thing is that there's no sense of empathy; you never careas to who lives or dies.
Agnus Bruckner (THE WOODS) is the typical pretty blonde heroine but hercharacter is severely underwritten to the point that the villains aremore interesting than the supposed protagonists. The direction isinsipid and uninspired and despite the plentiful chase sequences thereisn't an exciting moment in the whole movie. Can't say I'm toosurprised...
- 1/25/2009 12:00:00 AM by ozlifter
I was really surprised by this one. As far as direct to DVD films go,this one's much better than average. It has pretty good acting andproduction values. I'd say it's comparable in quality to Joy Ride 2, ifyou've had a chance to catch that one.
Since it's a prequel, the conclusion is mostly foregone, but thewriters did offer up a few nice twists that keeps this from being awaste of time.
Not a lot of gore. It (thankfully) skips most of the torture pornconventions, and mostly offers up a nice companion piece to the firstmovie. If you liked the original Vacancy, give this one a chance.
- 10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM by Adam_West_as_Batdan
A prequel to the 2007 movie, which starts out decent enough, with thefirst 20 minutes or so putting the biggest focus on the bad guys whichit should have kept doing through out the running time of the movieIMO.
Cause let's face it, this is a prequel... And we know this from thebeginning so already from then that doesn't really bode well for any ofthe good guys in the movie, but still 20 minutes in the focus is turnedaway from the bad guys we've gotten to know slightly in the beginningand on to their unsuspected victims instead.
Which results to it feeling immensely predictable with a lot of reallydragged out scenes that are suppose to feel suspenseful but just feelsboring instead.
And the characters aren't interesting or likable enough to make up forit either, and I usually like Agnes Bruckner.
In the end you just completely run out of interest and just want it tofinish already.
Just watch the first movie again, there's nothing in this movie thatwasn't in that and that wasn't done a lot better either.