Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
A ghost story for the minimum wage.
A horror-thriller centered on the last two employees at a haunted hotel that's going out of business.
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…
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.
While trying not to go insane in the wait for CHEAP THRILLS, I needed a Pat Healy fix so I thought I'd check into the Yankee Pedlar Inn for a 4th or 5th time. It's great when actors of his ilk are afforded meaty roles and can flex their chops for more than a couple of scenes. One of many reasons why this strange horror genre is so precious. Ti West has a habit of getting really good performances out of his cast. See also about 5 of his THE SACRAMENT actors.
Every time I watch this, I'm drawn in by the adorable Sara Paxton (also in CHEAP THRILLS. Fuck). She is central to proceedings, but the friendship her character has with Healy's is by far my favourite aspect of the film. Natural, believable and enough to carry a film on its own.
But I like the spooky stuff too.
A mi me dejó bastante frío. La mezcla de generos no me convenció demasiado, tal vez porque me esperaba algo mas de terror.
Director Ti West has a reputation for offering throwback horror gems, starting with his excellent 2009 flick, The House of the Devil. His follow-up, The Innkeepers, attempts to revive the old-fashioned ghost story and succeeds...mostly. Set on the last week of operation for a small New England hotel, the film focuses on the paranormal adventures of the last two staff members: Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy), a pair of dropouts trying to find proof of the hotel's hauntings before it finally closes down. Like West's other work, this is most definitely a slow-burn horror movie that takes time to dole out its scares. It starts off as a light hangout movie where the nature of the haunting is…
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The Innkeepers scared me more than most horror films. I have never been so tense during a horror film before. I usually find it very easy for me to sit relaxed and poised while my girlfriend hides her face. But I think I may have been even more scared than her this time around.
The movie has this wonderful charm that is carried out by its lead played by Sara Paxton. There is a constant sense of humor that lasted through the whole film. The funniest moment being when Luke scares Claire by saying "I don't want to scare you, but I'm standing right behind you."
I would say there are no more than 10 scares in this film, but…
Solid camerawork and a few interesting character quirks serve to elevate this somewhat.
As usual, it's easier to imagine a movie I'd like more than this with just a few subtle changes.
It's been a while since I've really enjoyed a horror movie. Not really my genre, I guess, because this seems like a pretty good one and I'm still not huge on it.
Average. This movie just kind of happened. It did have a few creepy parts and the end. There is a fine line between a slow burn and boring. This movie gets slow burn but its close. Too many movies have a clever twist. This movie needed one. I know the kid and the actress where behind it the whole time. Would have added a half star.
There's a really interesting tonal shift in this movie - it's quite hard to pinpoint exactly where it happens, but you get a growing impression that the light-hearted opening has been substituted for a pretty terrifying experience. Having the 'horror' element of this film gradually sneak up on you like this is pretty effective, and the rest is just good genre work. Worth checking out if you feel like something spooky.
Hilarious. Creepy. Fun. Sadly The Innkeepers kind of disappoints with its ending. But other than that I really enjoyed watching this film.
Plus, not many films can scare you and make you laugh at the very same time - The Innkeepers does, even if only for the first few scares.
The main stars give good and enjoyable to watch performances. The guy is funny and the girl is cute (and also funny) it's sad that she, oh sorry, you'll have to see this for yourself, I'd hate to spoil it for you.
Overall, a decent and at times very funny thriller (it's more thrilling than it is scary, so I'll call it a thriller). If you can enjoy a laid back spook-tale that doesn't take itself too seriously and has a good amount of mild humor than The Innkeepers is sure to please, even if only for a first time viewing.
More formed than West previous efforts but takes to long to start and although it gets very tense, it never delivers on its promise. Sara Paxton however is very good in this one. The cliches here are almost unforgivable.
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