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.
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…
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.
Very slow paced - a lot of promise with not a lot of pay off. A cool, simple story line with only a couple of real moments of tension. An awesome performance by Sara Paxton in the lead role, however.
A young guy and a girl are working on the front desk of a *supposedly* haunted hotel, for the few days before it finally closes down. It is quiet, and there are only a couple of guests and they gradually get a bit spooked out as they try to record the ghosts for his website...
Really excellent little horror film, the two kids in it are funny and play well off each other, and there are countless genuinely hilarious moments, as well as plenty of good scares, but most of al the film just retains a real freshness; great considering it's filmed in a dusty, crappy old hotel.
This is easily Ti West's most accessible film but I am still a big fan of The House of the Devil. The best thing this movie has going for it and what makes it better than a lot of other indie horror films is how surprisingly funny and light on it's feet it is in the beginning and how enjoyable Sara Paxton and Pat Healy are to be around. Unfortunately once the film starts ramping up the scares (which are effective) in the third act is when it starts to feel rushed and loses momentum.
Every time I watch this I fall In love with it some more one of the finest Films of the last 5 years
Uno de los directores contemporáneos de terror que más me genera confianza y expectativas es Ti West, y de por sí, todos los involucrados en el mumblegore. Pero en especial Ti West tiene este sello direccional donde prioriza el suspenso y la lenta construcción de la trama para darnos lo que esperabamos en el último tramo de la película, cuando ya estamos lo suficientemente asustados. Y como siempre, vale la pena esperarlo. Eso es The Innkeepers. Además, tiene a una bella Sara Paxton y a un divertido Pat Healy como protagonistas
I'm not even sure why I added this to my netflix. It's an indy horror film about an old haunted hotel that's closing soon and scary things have to happen in those final days of course. The 2 main characters are the employees of the hotel and they are obsessed with finding evidence that the place really is haunted to keep it open. Frankly, this movie is pretty dull. I normally like the slow build up in a horror movie as long as the climax pays off. This was just bland. The 2 main characters are annoying and the dialogue is pretty terrible too. Other than having a few creepy moments, this movie was very bleh. Don't waste your time
Pretty much all horror films can be broken down into a half dozen or so major categories, making it nearly impossible for up and coming filmmakers to come up with something truly original. Ti West has come close several times, and I firmly believe the guy will make great movies someday, but unfortunately, "The Innkeepers" is yet another near miss.
It's a ghost story, and it relies far too heavily on the trie and true cliches without being terribly fresh or noteworthy. We get the shocking dream sequence and even the ridiculously reliable jumping animal, and it's disappointing because it's such a good-looking picture.
Much like the director's "House of the Devil," there's a refreshingly old-fashioned feel to it, and…
There's a class of directors out there (Ti West and Rob Zombie come to mind first) who seem to have an interesting visual aesthetic and talent for directing but struggle as storytellers. [Mr. West, if you're reading, please stop writing your own movies. And stop editing them, too. Thanks.]
I LOVED both Sara Paxton and Pat Healy. Add good casting to West's skill set.
Enjoyed the slow dread, charming performances--especially Sara Paxton's, and Ti West's way around a haunted house, but the film's potential is sapped by a dissatisfying ending.
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