Box art for Vacancy

Vacancy

horror, thrillers


A suspenseful, classic thriller, in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, starring Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale, that will keep you on the edge of your seat and your heart pounding!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    56%
  • Audience Score
    42%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5

Taut, grisly horror movie has unexpected bite.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this horror movie isn't for kids, even those who like star Luke Wilson based on his romantic comedies. The violence is bloody and, once it starts, incessant. The prelude is even worse (snuff tapes show horrific attacks on victims with big knives, with screaming women's breasts exposed). The female lead takes prescription pills to combat depression; language includes lots of "f--k"s and plenty of other swearing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the fact that many horror movies use a familiar formula -- protagonists stuck somewhere terrifying -- to put viewers in another familiar place: being afraid at the movies. Why do people like being scared at the movies? What makes some horror movies better at accomplishing this goal than others? Does it matter that many of them end in similar ways? Families can also talk about how Amy and David's experience in the motel brings them back together, as their past becomes less important than their efforts to survive.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    56%
    reviews counted: 11
    see all Vacancy reviews
  • Audience

    42%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten:

- Brian Marder, Hollywood.com, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fresh: Vacancy is a no-nonsense, no ambition thriller, but sometimes that's more than enough to please.

- Christian Toto, Washington Times, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Wasnt bad decent idea. I think the ending seemed just off a bit and not sure why.

- jmanard52, Saturday, August 23, 2008

3 stars

Well, a little surprise knowing that the critics like it better than ordinary people for a type of movies like this... As a horror thriller movie, Vacancy was pretty good... At least the terror they gave in here was scary and I thought that the audiences can feel that too... Casting Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale for this movie was a brilliant strategy, their performance were good in this movie, even the supporting cast that just a small number was giving their best in this movie... I can't say Vacancy was a good movie, but it wasn't a bad one too... So an average rating was a good deal because I was enjoy while watching this movie, even the story could be a little much better...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Thursday, July 29, 2010

4 stars

Vacancy is one awesome film to watch for a good scare. The Concept is very creative, and is one chilling and original film. Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson deliver strong performances and so does Frank Whaley who plays the creepy motel clerk, he's no Norman Bates, but he's still pretty good. Vcancy is an awesome horror film with tense, creepy moments, this is one of Kate Beckinsale's better films as she hasn't done anything that great in the past. Vacancy is definitely not without it's flaws, but for the most part it's a film that returns to the roots of classic horror, meaning the film doesn't use any special CGI effects and trick. The film relies primarily on a solid story, filled tension and suspense. A good enough film to enjoy, and a fine return to classic horror.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, June 10, 2010