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.