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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Taut, grisly horror movie has unexpected bite.

Movie R 2007 80 minutes
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Cool horror, movie kids 13+ is okay, this movie can be violent but is perfectly fine for that age my rating suggested rated R for strong horror violence, sexuality

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Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (7 ):

VACANCY opens with a bracing credits sequence that's all hard angles, stark colors (red, black, yellow), and terrific, '60s-style score. It's an efficient introduction to a movie that knows just what it is: Eighty minutes of mostly entertaining tension punctuated by violence engineered by a nerdy creep using criminally outdated technology.

As contrived and regular as the couple's situation soon turns (they tearfully reunite in jeopardy, potential saviors don't work out, every door leads to another yucky room, etc.), the movie maintains a nervous pace and a lively look made up of skewed angles, ooky lighting, and all sorts of handheld commotion. Neat in its own grisly way, Vacancy delivers what it promises.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 20, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: August 14, 2007
  • Cast: Frank Whaley , Kate Beckinsale , Luke Wilson
  • Director: Nimrod Antal
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 80 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: brutal violence and terror, brief nudity and language.
  • Last updated: October 2, 2023

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