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,…
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.
I kind of wanted to hate this. But for some reason found myself laughing out loud at quite a few parts. Even Lena Dunham couldn't ruin it for me. Maybe I was in the right mood or something.
A clever, funny, and horrific movie all at once. I'm fairly certain I saw some nods to Kubrick through direction and set design, which is ballsy, but done so seemingly in an ironic sense, so it works. This is a tidy little horror movie, recommended.
It's a little bit like Ghost World with actual ghosts in it. Might lack the style and punch of House of the Devil, but I still like West's patient and restrained approach to building atmosphere.
The Innkeepers appaears to be a fresh entry into the haunted house once it starts rolling. A protagonist couple that is delightfully self-aware of all that ghost mumbo jumbo, joking and teasing each other about rumours circulating about the inn (a hotel) they stay in. Yet, if you expect some sort of Horror film 2.0, you will be dissapointed once the whole shebang (very late into the film, talking about a long build-up) starts hitting its top-haunting speed. The last third is a very formulaic rundown of spooky chlichees with a typically "edgy" conclusion that pretends to leave lots of mystery left to for the imagination to gnaw down on, but in the end, it just a cheap one-trick pony.…
“Pessimism is just a higher form of optimism. If you expect nothing from people, then you go through life being pleasantly surprised.”
- Pat Healy as Luke in The Innkeepers (2011)
Let me start by saying The Innkeepers was a huge letdown. This is a movie that was directed by Ti West who also did The House of the Devil which I loved tremendously. The Innkeepers is no House of the Devil.
The acting could be down right terrible at times and to me the scares were far and in between. I don't really want to spend much time on this due to the fact that there really wasn't much to say about this but that it sucked. If you like bad acting, lame scares and 2 hours of boredom then give this a shot.
A fresh, clever set up for a horror, with a comedic undercurrent, but let down by it's devastatingly unsatisfying ending. Until then, the director does set up some effectively creepy scenes.
Always heard this was good and tried watching it on Halloween with the parents. Pretty good, but not what I was expecting. The film really captures what it feels like to slog through a boring, monotonous job. Great atmosphere and I liked the lead actors and their chemistry together quite a bit.
The problem was that I didn't find it at all frightening. The Clerks like hanging out moments worked far better than what were supposed to be the scary moments. Evidently some people find it terrifying, so maybe we just weren't in the right mood. Regardless, it's pleasantly enjoyable and I would recommend it as a low key hang out movie.
First thing I have to say hear is this is another one of those films that I've been meaning to watch forever and I finally did Halloween 2K14.
Innkeepers is about 2 quirky young adults working in a closing hotel on it's final week open and spooky things happen. With this film the words quirky and fucking insanely horrifying can both be used. The film has nice little cute and quirky moments and then it makes me so scared I regret living. The problem though is that these two themes cross at certain points and ruin each others effect. One scare inarticulate that the film builds up for over 30 minutes is mostly ruined by the quirky acting of Sara…
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