a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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…
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.
Octhorror 2015 parte 9:
Al fin tengo la oportunidad de acercarme al cine de Ti West. Había leído grandes cosas sobre él, y algunos lo colocan, junto con Rob Zombie y James Wan, como uno de los salvadores del terror. Si David Robert Mitchell vuelve a incursionar en el género, es probable que entre en esta lista también, ya que su reciente IT FOLLOWS es una maravilla.
Con respecto a la película que nos ocupa, estoy seguro que a nadie le resultará ni sorprendente ni original, pero todo está tan bien logrado que vale ponerla en una lista de las mejores de los últimos años. Desde sus personajes (algo tan maltratado en la actualidad del género), hasta su atmósfera. El…
Much lighter than I was expecting for a Ti West horror. The juvenile naivety of Sara Paxton's character provided a lot of unexpected humour which really brightened the atmosphere whenever it seemed to be getting serious. It wasn't until the end that things really got spooky, but by that point I was pretty much viewing this as a horror comedy.
So rewatchable. Love this movie.
31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: Film 1
Its October and so the aim is to watch 31 horror films, mainly going for ones I've not seen before and Lovefilm sent this one through. I gave it a watch, didn't enjoy it and wondered if it was because I was so damned tired.
So I tried again. I still didn't really enjoy it anymore. The characters didn't move me one way or the other and I didn't find it scary enough.
It's a shame really that it came across as a little bit of a mess in the end because a ghost story in an old hotel has so much premise and is a storyline I can very much get behind.
Not the best start to this challenge.
Weird, tolerable, and strangely lighthearted for a horror film. I dig the ambition but it definitely struggled to find the right pace. With a little tightening and more focus, it could've been great.
I really wanted to love this, but found that it struggled to find it's voice. there was some good scares, and the lead was adorable. I just felt that by the time the movie started going, it ended.
Stupid people pointlessly doing stupid things. Is there a genre for these kind of movies yet? This is such a disappointment especially after just seeing House of the Devil.
"There are no beginnings. There are no ends. There are no ghosts."
Imagine if 'Clerks' took a casual detour into 'The Shining', and that is basically 'The Innkeepers' in a nutshell.
Although such a flippant description as that does a massive disservice to how creepingly insidious and chest-tighteningly eerie this film truly is.
But it is also genuinely hilarious.
But it's also not really a comedy-horror.
It's in its own weird little offbeat world.
One that manages to tread between the lines of hilarity and horror with masterful ease.
Sara Paxton and Pat Healy (pre- their much much MUCH more twisted reunion in 'Cheap Thrills') are the delightful slacker double-act at the heart of the movie.
Though it is…
Film 3 of Hoop-Tober 2.0 / film 1 from Ti West
Contrary to popular belief, Ti West is the man. Is he horror's knight in shining armor? No probably not, but he's what the genre needs. Because what is the biggest gripe people have with horror films, THEY'RE ALL THE SAME DUMB SHIT!!! Well haters, here you get a filmmaker whose style is completely different from everything else out there yet you still complain. Isn't this what you wanted, something different??? Regardless of wether you like his films or not, give respect when respect is due and Ti West deserves your respect. Ti West is the man rant over.
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