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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,…
"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…
“If you expect nothing from people, then you go through life being pleasantly surprised.”
Perhaps the fact that I went into this film with high expectations is the reason why I ended up feeling disappointed. I should’ve taken the hotel employee’s advice and not expected much from it and perhaps then I could’ve been pleasantly surprised. Although I hadn’t seen a film from Ti West, I had heard great things about him (and I did enjoy You’re Next, a film he had a supporting role in). It had also been well received by critics when it was first released and I can see why West’s visual style was appealing. There are some great shots and he takes his time to…
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.
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.
TI WEST STRIKES AGAIN! I truly believe he is the master of modern horror. Okay so just over a year ago I watched The House Of The Devil and I was surprised beyond belief. It scared me like nothing before and instantly became one of my favourite horror movies. Luckily for me, The Innkeepers is no different. Well, different story, same spine-chilling techniques. I'm usually not a fan of films that deal with ghost stories but West crafts a ghost story that actually works! Thanks to pitch-perfect sound design, truly shocking jumpscares and MY GOODNESS THE ATMOSPHERE. It's the kind of atmosphere and tension that makes me hold my breath for minutes, squeezing my fist, unable to look at the…
solid, I liked how they spent time developing the protags
Boring. Slow. No climax or resolution. I kept waiting for some moment of clarity or denouement and it never came. The only scary part was that a creepy picture I own was hanging on the wall of the ghost room at the end of the movie.
I saw The Innkeepers at midnight at the Music Box. It might not be a bad film, however it ain't no midnight movie.
Very enjoyable until it decided to be like every other horror movie. Props to the leads.
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i still can't get over how sara paxton's character was supposed to be into that guy??? like really??? really ti west???????
Awesome slow burn.
More like Ti BEST.
Solid, suspenseful spook story.
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