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DVD Review: 'No Vacancy'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
June 30th, 2014 11:10am EDT

No Vacancy

Need some help?  Be careful what you wish for!  We’re checking out the new to DVD thriller "No Vacancy" out July 1 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  We review the room with a deadly view below!

 

No Vacancy

   Title: "No Vacancy"

   Grade: 2 1/2

   Cast: Kristen Quintrall, Cameron Diskin, Braxton Davis

   Director: Christopher B. Stokes

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 81 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

   Website: www.lionsgateshop.com

 

The Flick: The main problem with the convoluted horror thriller "No Vacancy" (no, not the Kate Beckinsale/Luke Wilson flick "Vacancy!") is that the killers are way more captivating than the victims, which makes it hard to root for the good guys.  On the one hand are these dim young folks holding no memorable qualities that find themselves stranded at a local motel and on the other there are the staff of said motel consisting of an eerie glasses wearing weirdo (think the brother of Frank Whaley in "Vacancy!"), a charismatic Eric Bana looking psychotic and a hot bubbly blonde chick all looking to inflict damage merely the fun of it – not exactly a match made in equal quality character development heaven, huh?  Not to mention the flick gets bogged down by way too much detail and plot and also has a glaringly inane ending that throws all logic out the window.  But for the few blood and gore sight gags plus our evil hosts, you could do worse.   

Best Feature: No features and since this sucker was originally titled something else and was supposed to be release back in 2012, I’m sensing trouble in movie paradise nobody wants to talk about.  (A shame – those make the best interviews/commentaries folks!)

Best Hidden Gem: Again, I like the calm and creepy work by Braxton Davis – subtle, yet so wonderfully off.

Worth the Moola: More bad then good, this one is reserved for viewing when everything else is out.  (And even then proceed with caution!)

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment