Watch and Be Horrified: The Griswolds Return in ‘Hotel Hell Vacation’

Ride along as The Griswolds hit the road again. This time they’re on their way to see Rusty at his vacation rental. They stop at a hotel and typical Griswold madness ensues.

Okay, I’ll bite. My love for the National Lampoon’s Vacation series of films is well-documented. Remember that Christmas time Movies We Love article I wrote about Christmas Vacation? I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve been following the journeys of Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his accident-prone family for years. In fact, when my family used to go on road trips (back when people drove places that were further away than 8 hours, unironically) we used to quote and sadly, emulate the lives of the Griswolds.

So when I saw a little Super Bowl commercial advertising a new 14-minute short film featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as one of cinema’s great married couples, I didn’t even care that it was a shameless plug for HomeAway, a service that sends me about five emails a day asking me if I’d like to rent a lakeside cabin in Montana for $29 a night. I still don’t want to rent the cabin, but I would like to see the short film.

And so, it exists below. Lets watch together:

Pretty rough, eh? It follows the same formula as the previous Vacation films, but lacks that certain Je ne sais quois that the films possessed. Perhaps it has something to do with motive. I don’t know. And what in the hell happened to Rusty? The only saving grace is the still existent chemistry between D’Angelo and Chase. They should make another movie, but with a better writer. Or not. Maybe we should let John Hughes rest peacefully and not touch this property ever again.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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