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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,…
"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…
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.
This not only made me laugh a lot but scared the shit outta me!! Even better than House of the Devil imo. Sara Paxton is perfect, and I guess im officially a Ti West fan.
Way too slow to get going, but it definitely had its moments and the director did set up some nice shots and scenes. Overall, a bit plodding, and the resolution was a bit arbitrary.
For a horror film this really lacked any kind of suspense or atmosphere and wasn't even slightly creepy. In fact it was kind of dull and boring. If you are looking to watch a Ti West film then The House of The Devil is a much better choice.
I am virtually speechless. How did I even choose to watch this one? I don't remember what compelled me to record this over the others in film4's horror season. But clearly this was the right one. I have never before seen a more perfect blend of comedy and horror. The lead character is wonderful. Without her this wouldn't be anything special. The actress playing her does a fantastic job. All the characters and the interactions between them are highly entertaining. The setting is the next great thing about this. It's not quite The Shining but it's the next best thing, and could be seen as a homage. I loved the tone established early on which made this a very fun…
A great choice of flick for Halloween as two amateur paranormal investigators try to contact a witch in the run down hotel they work in.
It's a real slow burner, with a couple of truly creepy moments, which is ultimately let down a bit by overlength and a bit of a 'something and nothing' ending.
I think this movie is deeper than it seems. I've seen it twice now and I still haven't cracked it. There's something here about identity and adolescence and the universe and death and grief and obsession and gender and sex but I'm not sure it totally works. I trust that Ti West knows what he's doing here, I just wish it was a little less obtuse.
I like the idea that these employees are fading out of existence due to the fact that they weren't living their lives but the film did a poor job of expressing that. It was slow, dull and going to a place most of us have probably already been to. Enjoyed watching it mostly because of my experiences working at old hotels and inns.
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A terrific performance by Sara Paxton and the Director of Photography. Ti Wests directing outshines his sense of pacing here, but to hell if it's not easy to get wrapped up in all this.
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
I'm a sucker for a positive list of modern horror movies.