Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Vacancy 2: The First Cut Review
I'm not sure why I must do this, but I do it. I watched the straight to dvd sequel for Vacancy. Vacancy 2: The First Cut is probably one of the worst films that I've seen in recent memory, that wasn't suppose to be terrible. I mean, Vegas Vampires is one thing, but this thing is not in the same caliber.
Here is a trailer for the film Vacancy 2: The First Cut:
The movie opens up much like the first film, with a couple on a road trying to get to a hotel. They are newly weds, and eventually land at the Motel. The camera's turn from professional to lower grade to show that there are voyeurs in the motel. If you're a fan of sex scenes, you'll be glad to know that this film puts things into full gear right away with sexual situations. While this is somewhat out of place, the movie then gets into slasher mode. The film really gets disjointed at this point and from the first slaying, caught on tape, to the second couple that shows up to the motel, you really aren't sure what's going on.
The overall storyline is that people are trapped at a hotel, and the hotel is filming snuff films. However, where the first film had a good set up with some great payback at the end of the film, this one really struggled to get its bearings and really never finished off that way, it was just a long painful set up to what should've been some unnerving action.
The film struggles to place itself into a story line that is similar to the first film. While the first film was creepy and had some major hits, this film suffered from a lot of things. From bad acting, bad sequencing, and very poor edits, the film really has few redeeming qualities.
The only great part to me, in this film, was when a couple of teens run into a strangers home for help. The people at the house help them, but once the motel owners show up tension gets high. I won't ruin the scene for you, but this was definitely a highlight for me.
I admit, I wasn't expecting much out of this film, and it delivered less than that. This film is a terrible movie, and I really didn't like it. The ending was ok, with the first snuff tape changing hands and continuing the storyline ripe for a third film.
Where the first film was heavily character driven, this film was plot driven and really done poorly. I won't even debate whether or not this film is scary, because it's not worth it. It's worth checking out if you're curious, but Vacancy 2: The First Cut fails on all levels. It really bored me, and while I found some of the scenes weren't half bad, the overall film is just poorly done and executed.
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