Vacancy ★★★★


From its Hitchcockian opening-credits, Vacancy is very much aware of its influences. Usually with these suspense riffs, the characters are so one-dimensional that they don't even bother with developing them, but the first act of Vacancy is entirely devoted to how much this couple, on the verge of divorce, despises each other. And even better, it's a sturdy screenplay - never do you feel that the character detail is superfluous. By the time it all goes to hell, it's gory and fun and intense, but it doesn't attempt to align itself with the new extremism or 'torture porn' of the time, and you empathize with the characters. A short and sweet little thrill-ride.