a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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,…
"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.
One day Ti West may make a good horror film. He might have to relinquish the casting and screenwriting to someone else to get there based on this very tedious and annoying 90 minutes.
This movie was better than expected because of the strength of Sara Paxton's performance and the director's focus on building tension. It easily could have devolved into a low-budget jump scare film, but instead created an interesting atmosphere mixing the tediousness of reality with the danger of the supernatural.
It suffers in comparison to Ti West's masterpiece The House of the Devil, but the delightful Sara Paxton helps keep this slow burn alight.
I also discovered that my hair comes dangerously close to matching Pat Healy's here, which is... a thing I'll have to come to terms with.
Ti West knows how to pace a fuckin' movie. Hot damn.
"Pessimism is just a higher form of optimism."
The Innkeepers successfully managed to lower my expectations just enough to be okay with it. While it had some awesome set pieces, great chemistry between Sara Paxton and Pat Healy, the hotel employees working the graveyard shift, and some great tilted low angle shots, they don't ever seem to add up to much. Based on the haunting score and spooky shots of the inn in the opening scene, I had high hopes that this was going to be a proper haunted house movie, especially after seeing House of the Devil. What could have been a very chilling and atmospheric film felt largely unrewarding, and just not that scary.
The one redeeming scene was the one I'll refer to as "taking out the trash." Brilliant.
Hotel rating: 2 used towels out of 5
Very well acted, and well written characters are what make the movie. However, it has very little in terms of "horror".
A me Ti West e tutta la nuova generazione di autori americani di horror non piace. Trovo che nella migliore delle ipotesi siano capaci di ricreare alla perfezione atmosfere del passato ma che non abbiano nulla di personale. Al di là di ciò lui e James Wan hanno maestria tecnica e capacità di creare tensione non comuni. Questo The Innkeepers è a suo modo un piccolo gioiello nel riuscire a tenere in piedi una inquietudine costante di fatto sul nulla, motivo per cui, come del resto anche gli altri suoi film, non è di certo un horror da pop corn e patatine. Ti West è un intellettuale dell'orrore, una specie di radical chic dello spavento che credo a tratti finisca…
"I'm a realist", says the avid ghost hunter.
For some reason, I really wanted to watch this film. I'd heard reviews of mediocrity, mostly mentioning its status as a cult film. But I didn't care. Something was drawing me to it, some sort of visceral, intuitive pull. There must be something decent about it if I feel so strongly, I told myself. On this day I realized that I in fact possess no otherworldly powers, and am not to be trusted.
Gimmicky and lame, 'The Innkeepers' tedium failed to keep me interested for the majority of the plot. While it could indeed be my charcoal heart, I found the characters very difficult to relate to, or even like. Sara Paxton…
"Horror is one of the most readily dismissed genres from critics and film buffs, yet is, arguably, the…
This is a makeshift list until more movies are seen or until 2020, when I can do a full-decade one!…