Jan 4, 2009

Vacancy 2: The First Cut

Let's go over the finalizing details of 2008 and the reincarnation of the DVD studio within early 2009. Let's take our first breath. The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe, Rest Stop 2, Vacancy 2: The First Cut, Pulse 2: Afterlife, Pulse 3: Invasion, Feast II: Sloppy Seconds, Joy Ride 2, Reeker 2, Without A Paddle: Nature Calling, Anaconda III, Alone in the Dark II, Boogeyman 2, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, The Eye 3, and many others. This list is representative of Hollywood taking a steep clique change. Where as remaking J-horror was the only function they had acquired from experience, alas, they now know how to milk a family for all it's worth.

Allow me to tell you a secret. I've never seen Vacancy, nor do I plan on giving it a chance. On the topic of the Hollywood myth of snuff material, 8mm was raw, coarse, and a damn fine film for that matter. I don't need a Luke Wilson vessel for a shady-business type deal. Besides, what kind of snuff film is one with little-to-no sexual activity. If I wanted to watch people being murdered without intercourse or fetishist values, I could open up a new tab in the wonderful browser of Firefox. 3 words in a search engine could get me my fix of boring sensationalism.

With only one character of the predated sequel (paradox?), Vacancy 2: The First Cut doesn't do much for the viewer who hasn't seen the original. The character of Smith is the only returning character which means that most of the villains are mere fodder. The idea of a snuff film is tossed around within the origin, but the whole scheme is so laughably conceived that it's incredibly hard to believe. "So wait. You're telling me people buy videos of people getting murdered? Well hot damn! Why didn't we think of this sooner?" Vacancy 2: The First Cut attempts to establish an "Argyle" character shortly within but falls short of steam.

For being apart of the Straight to Video DVD sequels that are squelching & soulless, Vacancy 2: The First Cut is an alright horror film. Well, not even really a horror film. The idea is suspense in itself. Devoid of strengths and lacking weaknesses, this prequel to Vacancy simply exists. At times it's enjoyable and acknowledgeable but at other times, the film is tedious, stuffed with clichés, and lacks nudity and violence. And we all know if all else fails, these "stocking stuffers" do strengthen a film.



thebonebreaker said...

I wasn't even aware this was out on DVD yet. . .

I thought the 1st one was all-right, and the trailer for this one intrigued me.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

"Vacancy 2: the first cut" is a superb film. By the way, i want to bugger agnes bruckner she is an incredible chick.