May 15, 2012

Vacancy 2: The First Cut (2008)

"Three young people check into the Meadow View Inn for a night's rest, fully unaware of the inn's sick-minded employees and their nefarious intentions."

Well, after four attempts to make it through this below average prequel to a slightly more than average original, I finally watched "Vacancy 2".

I'm not sure why I kept falling asleep to this movie other than it obviously being quite boring and routine after the 40 minute mark, but I'd also blame the fact that it wasn't really anything more than yet another slasher with all the usual tropes.

Although it started off quite well, had a good setting, and even the acting was pretty decent for something put out by Sony Entertainment, it all felt like a made-for-cable movie rather than even a straight-to-DVD release.

There weren't any scares (or shocks even though there was plenty of blood everywhere rather than gore) and that was probably the deciding factor for my brain to switch off. Some of the effects were good although completely unoriginal. The suspense scenes, however, were handled very poorly which was a shame.

I'm not going to pretend that I know who anyone was in this since I barely even recognised Agnes Bruckner from "The Woods". I sort of wish that she'd taken her clothes off properly (and that the potential shower scene hadn't been completely wasted) but another part of me is glad that she didn't. As an aside, she is now in the allegedly much better film, "The Pact" (2012) which I still have to pick up.

If the characters had been more likeable or attractive then I probably could have coped with all the close-up shots right on their skin pores and moles, but they weren't. I also found the "shakycam" nonsense to be annoying considering that the rest of the film had mostly quite high production values.

The bad guys in this film were slightly more interesting than their victims but not by much. Nobody went for well-rounded here especially not the script writers. It was all somewhat superficial with the stupidest financial motivation for the motel owners and no explained motivation at all for the main killer apart from him being a psychopath.

Everybody and everything was just disposable in this film and it makes me wonder why crap like this is made at all. They must have had some idea that it wasn't going to be all that great going in to the project as I know that I did before even putting the DVD in the player.

At least I had pizza before Suzi got to it which kept me going during the badly filmed chase through the woods scene. I'm still wondering why the killer's camera was obviously so crappy though as even the $20 Jazz cam which I own takes better shots (as you can see above).

The ending of "Vacancy 2" wasn't completely predictable but it was still awful and the spinning camerawork of the final minutes almost made me throw my dinner back up. Fortunately, now that I've completed my review, I will never have to watch any of it ever again.

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