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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…
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.
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…
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.
This is a fun movie it doesn't scare me but it's fun thank you Ti West love you hun
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A great ghost story - someone's seen 'Whistle and I'll Come to You'. The building up of the friendship at the start is well done, I wish more 'horror' movies did that.
I get the feeling the film is about a generation's struggling to work out what they want to do - this is specifically asked at one point - the older characters know what they want to do, and they don't need to defend themselves, like the old man who wants his room or the actress who has got into spirituality. I read all the 'supernatural' events to be in the ladies head - it's a symptom of how she's looking for meaning, or to be 'the one' to find proof of the supernatural. I don't know why this would ultimately have to kill her though - that seems a very bleak outlook. Pessimistic or realistic?
if you want a film thats 'jump out of your skin' scary this probably isn't for you but thats not to say it isn't scary... The Innkeepers displays a subtlety and lightness of touch uncommon in scary movies focusing much more on the story on the 'innkeeper' the things that go bump in the night are ever present but they're kept very much in the back ground, part of the aesthetic of the old hotel. As the story progresses we are treated to a descent in to personal, metaphorical and literal hell. I was utterly mesmerised by the performances and the story. A film I have come back to several times.
A very scary film that uses every trick in the bag. The film is very heavy on story telling and very subtle on actual story. The story of the ghosts are almost completely unexplained except for the general setup. Which works in creating a interesting setting, but there's virtually no explanatory description so there's nothing to be implied. Unless I completely missed something. It's still very scary and fun to watch. Though ultimately it is a tad hollow.
After seeing something so brutally by-the-numbers as The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (this is your title, movie, you're stuck with it forever), it was refreshing finally checking out The Innkeepers, a movie that, while flawed, holds an identity of its own, though a bit similar in structure to Ti West's earlier movie, The House of the Devil, which I liked better. Uneventful begninning, good acting, little things that simply seem, not exactly scary, but just off and weird gradually building tension and all the actual horror at the very end.
The problem is, this one didn't seem to know really what to do with itself. Many scenes don't feel like they're coming together to form a story,…
Ti West definitely knows his genre. Akin to a skilled pianist he traverses the ivory keyboard of tropes with stunning precision and punctuates perfectly. He would then throw in something oddly off-rhythmic that sounds wrong at first, but a well-versed viewer will know that it was no accident, nor was it a slip-up.
Watching Ti West's "The Innkeepers" really felt like listening to a jazz musician improvising on a known standard. Imagine Greg Howe doing his interpretation of Gershwin's "Summertime", but instead of Greg Howe think of Ti West; and instead of Gershwin's beloved standard take a haunted house story, or better yet - a haunted hotel.
"The Innkeepers" is done by a filmmaker who knows what's effective and has…
Taken from FrightFest 2011 Diary first published by Little White Lies
"Look closely, I missed it the first time. It's gonna blow your mind. Really heavy."
Ghost geek, porn enthusiast and amateur web designer Luke (Pat Healy) is showing his co-worker Claire (Sara Paxton) an on-line clip of a haunting, in which the camera stays fixed and focused on an equally immobile rocking chair in a room, until - very suddenly – a face in ghoul make-up appears howling in the foreground. Claire jumps alright (as we do) at this old jack-in-a-box gag, and she can only breathe properly again after resorting to her inhaler.
As this sequence amply demonstrates, saying 'boo!' at the right moment is all it takes…
Nothing happens in this film until almost an hour into it ... and it doesn't make a bit of difference. The characters are so quirky and real that I was able to connect with them and I appreciated the character build up much more than if the action had been non-stop. Scary, no. The cover art is misleading and even when it's supposed to be frightful... it ain't.
Many seem disappointed by the ending. Perhaps the mystery of the ghosts of the hotel wasn't paid off at the end but I don't see it as a problem. I didn't care about the ghosts... they were real. I cared about the two hotel workers and that is why that hour at…
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