Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NO VACANY (aka The Helpers)

No Vacancy Movie Review

A group of equally annoying friends get stranded at a gas station and motel in the middle of the desert. Things only get worse when they discover the group of people running the establishments are psychopathic killers. This movie is a low budget mashup of Saw, Vacancy, and Wrong Turn, only not nearly as good as any of those films. The acting is about what you would expect here, though oddly, every character in this movie seems on the same level of awfulness--no one is any better than the rest, and no one actor sinks to the worst of the lot. I'm not sure if that's good or bad...or even relevant for that matter. Another note on the cast--the black guy's real first name is Black, and one guy looks like some odd combination of Matthew Lillard and a media professor my my college days.

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The story explaining why the group are all killers, and how they trapped the friends, is beyond ridiculous. There is a good bit of bloodshed to help make up for the shortcomings, but again, practically every scene involving a killing borrows heavily from much better movies. And, of course, the one character in the entire film who is at least somewhat likable is the first one killed. No Vacancy really isn't a horrible movie--a bit more creativity and less trying to be like other films, coupled with likable victims and interesting killers, would have helped this one out a lot---just don't ask the killers for help.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 4

No Vacancy Movie Trailer

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