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…
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.
Director T. West has done no miracle here, that critics on RT have awarded positive 'consensus' for his movie. I did not find anything that might have given it certificate to be stretched 1hr.42mints. long. There are just COUNTABLE shots of horror-scenes, probably 3-4. Sara Paxton's acting is childish and irritating. Stay away from this, and utilize your precious time, over some other stuff!
Saw this awhile ago; can't believe I forgot to rate it! West is creating the new standard for low-budget indie horror with stuff like this. Compelling and down-to-earth characters and stripped down effects give this film an immediacy and accessibility that hails back to the early days of modern horror filmmaking. Not perfect, but very good.
I really enjoyed this slow burning ghost story from director Ti West.The film takes it's time setting the mood and introduces us to the main characters, Sare Paxton's Claire and Pat Healy's Luke, both actors are really good in their roles with Paxton being the stand-out as the goofy, accident prone girl who its easy too root for.
Towards the end of the movie i kept waiting for it to reveal some sort of twist but West makes the brave decision of leaving us to make up our own minds about the conclusion.
Overall this isn't necessarily a thrill a minute type horror movie but if you enjoy a good old fashioned ghost story, turn off your lights and there a lot of fun to be had here.
Director Ti West’s films always sit funny with me, like trying out the new Chinese restaurant in the area. I love the initial flavor, then find it getting a bit old and maybe even stale after a while, and then feel the need to run to the nearest bathroom afterward. Then the next day I tell everyone to try out the new Chinese restaurant in the area because for some reason I remember it tasting really good.
Film 14 of Project365, a project in which I watch a new film every day for a year.
Not entirely an original premise, but the atmosphere created by director Ti West is chilling and in the end makes for a pretty decent horror film.
"Let's go to the basement and find out what that fucking ghost's problem is."
I've noticed that this film is kind of hit or miss for people. I don't love it, at least not on a first time watch, but i thought it was pretty great. I also enjoyed house of the devil, so I guess you could say I'm now officially a fan of Ti West. I enjoyed the slow burn, and the overall creepy vibe of the movie is awesome. At times this almost feels like a "hang out" movie with the two leads and I enjoy that quite a bit. The main character Claire is refreshing in that she is kind of an eccentric weirdo and not your typical horror scream queen. Watching her take out the trash was quite entertaining.
Ligera decepción con The InnKeepers.
En lo positivo, la fotografía y el medido montaje consiguen mantener la tensión en muchos momentos y no solo cae en el susto fácil como hoy día, sino que crea atmósferas claustrofóbicas y densas.
Sin embargo la película se mueve a un ritmo excesivamente lento para lo poco que está pasando y casi da la sensación de que sobra metraje.
Además tiene un serio problema de foco a la hora del tono. Por un lado se deja ver una bis cómica que podría haber sido más explotada para tener un película más redonda; o todo lo contrario, hacer mucho más incapié en los aspectos terroríficos de la trama, sin embargo se queda a medias en estos dos aspectos.
Por último, los acontecimientos parecen estar preparándonos para una apoteósico final, que resulta no estar a la altura, es muy anticlimático, y bastante pobre.
Una lástima porque está brillantemente realizada.
Interesante. No aporta mucho pero lo cuenta bien. Sin grandes emociones.
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