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.
Even better after a second viewing. Everything in this film is great. The sound is amazing, the shots are great and Sara Paxton is perfect in this. Easily one of best films I've seen so far in 2012 and one of my favorite horror films period. After this re-watch I think this is even better than House of The Devil which I also loved.
Meticulously paced with cunning shock-images and jumps. Too bad about the lackluster characters and an underwhelming leading actress.
Knowing nothing about this going in, it seemed to be loaded with potential. But this brain-child of Ti West, the writer, director, and editor of the film, is far short of even an average horror thriller.
Every bit West had the responsibility of producing came off as very amateur. There are unwarranted dutch angles and other unnecessary techniques from the camera. There's a reliance on cheap jump scares, and even worse, fake-out scares, that brings the experience down to a neanderthal level. But if I said there was no smart horror to be found in this movie, that would only partially be correct. I was scared in certain parts. And there was a lot of building tension and good timing.…
Película de casa encantada (u hotel) apta para menores de 3 meses de edad. Ni un susto, aunque lo intenta. Bastante lenta en lo que de verdad importa (ver algo que asuste) pero que te da un argumento pasable.
When The Innkeepers first came out I'm sure I read good things about it and since then it's been a film I've wanted to see. I wish I could remember where I read these good things because I would never visit that site again.
The Innkeepers feels like a made-for-tv movie with made-for-tv acting, with the two very annoying leads playing even more annoying characters. Also, the secondary characters are absolutely pointless. Most of the scenes in here take fucking ages and nothing happens, they just seem like an extended version of a scene where they add an extra five minutes of a person walking and being silent. And a horror film? Please.
All in all...Shit.
Slow in parts, full of cheap scares, zero connection to the protagonists, the usual senseless bits here and there, and not at all as smart as it thinks it is. Too many things had to be inferred, leaving a very loosely tied together plot. I felt cheated watching this.
I was so looking forward to this one, but what a let-down.
A great premise with so much potential, the film was a decent suspense horror, but it had too many false frights and not enough real frights to make it anything special.
Every bit as good as Ti West's previous film, The House of the Devil, and easily the best supernatural horror film I've seen in years. If Paranormal Activity is your idea of a ghost movie, it's probably best to avoid The Innkeepers, but if you're looking for a new spin on the old-fashioned ghost story, and you don't mind a film that takes its time to slowly ratchet up the tension and creeping sense of dread, then this is the film for you.
"WHAT WAS THAT?"
Ti West does it again by providing detail on creating and building up a great atmosphere. To have the full affect on this film you must be willing to be patient to catch and hear everything the way it's supposed to be.