Tonight I’m trying to fill a vacancy in my life with the movie Vacancy from 2007. Vacancy follows a man and woman who are soon-to-be divorced. They get lost on their way home from an anniversary party and are forced to stay at a motel.
Motels have a long and varied history in the United States, but for me it has always seemed more dangerous than a hotel. As a traveling woman, there is a sense of security that comes from the added layer of security cameras and hallways.
Motels also have a long history in horror. If you’re older than 20, you probably know about Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. It’s almost impossible to watch a movie set in a motel and not imagine that someone is watching through a peephole in the wall. Vacancy doesn’t wait long to reveal that you are right to suspect this. There are cameras everywhere and our troubled couple is the subject of a limited release horror franchise.
Well Vacancy has certainly made me happy that I will not be staying in anyone’s motel any time soon! This movie does a great job making me care about these characters. I want them to escape and maybe even find a way to heal from the past traumas that ruined their relationship in the first place. You know what they say, right? Nothing like new trauma to get over old trauma.
No one says that. No one should ever say that.
Because of Covid-19 many people have been supporting motels over hotels as they are safer in terms of air quality. (Although I think this is probably one of those “feels safer” kind of things.”) So I’m happy that I won’t be pressured into staying in a motel any time soon!
Things I learned tonight:
- Teamwork makes the dream work.
- Don’t leave the interstate without access to functioning GPS.
- Know how to read a map.
- If no one is staying at a motel, there’s probably a good reason for that. Just sleep in your car. You’ll be safer.