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A ghost story for the minimum wage.
During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.
For some, director Ti West, is the saviour of the horror movie; a referential filmmaker who harks back to the glory days of the genre. For others, like me, he makes rather tedious, drawn out films that are devoid of terror or originality. The Innkeepers is more of the same, a film that carefully pays homage to the past masters whilst putting no new spin on proceedings. It is a movie that suffers from all of West’s usual problems, so wrapped up in the set decoration and ambience of the location that he practically forgets he is supposed to be making a horror film that might actually be scary.
A rundown hotel is a perfect location for a ghost story,…
Great supernatural atmosphere and nail biting suspense! I dug Sara Paxton and Pat Healy's genuinely human performances! The buildup had me hanging on every word, whisper or scream! I was really enjoying myself UNTIL the anticlimactic ending when I suddenly realized it was all for naught!
"It was a night much like tonight.... Here at the Yankee Pedlar Inn... The night was dead silent and the breeze cool and crisp. The ornate wood carvings, elegant paintings and oak smell in the ancient halls bore witness to a great tragedy. Death. Now the dark halls are said to be haunted by the weeping spirit of Madeline O'Malley. She wanders the Yankee Pedlar in her tattered wedding gown with rolled over eyes. They say you can still hear her cries in the night..;"
"And don't forget.... Never go in the basement...."
Sound like a old fashioned ghost story? Good. That's the point.
Ti West has been a guy that I've been growing increasingly fond of after I've had…
Ok, so this one's a bit of a mess.
I love a good ghost story as much as the next person, especially when handled right. Personally I love it when the focus is on things unseen, thus building atmosphere from which the suspense comes. (a thing Paranormal Activity and the classic The Haunting did so well). It doesn't need to be graphic or gory, but can be if dosed correctly.
Another approach I like is the over the top, light hearted fun approach, like in The Frighteners, or maybe even The Ghostbusters. That's why I was pleasantly surprised by the start of this film. Its poster and synopsis seem to suggest a full out scary ghost story, but it actually…
I've said it and I've written it before, but it must be said and written again. Sara Paxton is absolutely incredible in this film. Her performance as Claire is so fully fleshed out that it is basically impossible to separate the actress from the character now. All of her awkward mannerisms and quirks are perfection and I really hope that Paxton has a long and fruitful career. I'm completely honest when I write that her performance is one of my favourite performances ever.
Another winner for Mr. Ti West. Very effective. The slow build makes for many intense moments. I like that he isn't afraid to take his time.
Enjoyed the slow dread, charming performances--especially Sara Paxton's, and Ti West's way around a haunted house, but the film's potential is sapped by a dissatisfying ending.
Na moral, é meio incompatível reclamar do estado em que o gênero do terror se encontra atualmente, ao mesmo tempo que desce a lenha num filme como esse.
Digo isso porque -tendo em vista que a tendência atual do gênero de terror consista em tratar o espectador como um público cada vez mais impaciente, reprimindo o espaço para sugestão- o filme do mano Ti West e o jeito como o terror tem sido feito hoje são completamente opostos, e esse oposto tem vários aspectos lindos.
Alguns exemplos que eu poderia citar:
- O uso do plano holandês (câmera com o eixo torto) em momentos específicos onde a protagonista se encontra confusa, paranoica ou embriagada.
- Como os sons diegéticos diminuem…
What a cheap player piano. Can only play one note
This is one of my favorite modern horror movies. Watching this film alone in the dark, I got a real sense of dread. Put down your phone and pay attention to this film. You may miss something, otherwise.
The slow burn nature of the film, feels barely lit at times. Ti West's witty writing is there throughout and the characters keep you intrigued. The abrupt ending is not totally unearned but ultimately not scary enough.
I've become a recent fan of Ti West - starting with The Sacrament and then most recently seeing The House Of The Devil, I've been impressed with his ability to build dread and then just pull the ripcord on a chainsaw of horror in the final moments. This movie never finds that chainsaw in its final moments, and that makes the whole thing kind of fall apart. Like West's other movies, this movie has no twists or turns - it sets up a premise and then just slowly fulfills that very premise. This feels oddly original in today's film landscape, but it doesn't work here. I kept waiting for some sort of reveal that would make this otherwise ineffective horror…
An absolutely boring 70s style horror which unsuccessfully tries to build tension which always either leads to:
1. A friend popping up in a supposedly comedic "hey look it wasn't anyone scary after all" moment
2. a ghost that looks like a prop from a high school play
Put together with the almost hour long buildup, ridiculous plot, the so dumb it's almost funny character played by Kelly McGills (how fucking old is she by the way) and the complete lack of any scares whatsoever, this really isn't worth your time at all. Sorry to say it but Ti West seems to have used up every good film he had in him with The House of the Devil.
Playful and obviously a lot of fun to make, but The Innkeepers is at times far too slow. The scares are also purely of the jump variety, and for a movie that is ostensibly trying to play to discriminating horror fans this is a bit disappointing.
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