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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…
“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…
One-Line Review: I enjoyed the film West is clearly talented and I enjoy watching his films and seeing what he’s doing but at the moment his films play almost like the opening acts of Carpenter’s work. If West escalates and concludes a movie like Carpenter can he has classics waiting to happen in him.
Full Mini-Review here: themovierat.com/2015/09/02/mini-review-the-innkeepers-2/
It's hard to describe this one, so I will just say "heartwarming paranormal romantic comedy". I can't criticize this one at all, despite hoping that it was going to be scarier, I just loved the two characters so much. Their chemistry was organic. I love when actors are comfortable with each other like this because it sucks me in. I didn't even care if they found ghosts or not...their pursuit of them was just as interesting.
Creepy & well-made, some good scares and atmosphere, fantastic sound design, ultimately both a little unsettling & a little unsatisfying.
An enjoyable enough time. And I do love that poster. Ti West has his aesthetics down if nothing else.
[...] Daran scheiden sich scheinbar die Gemüter, für die einen stellt diese Herangehensweise die ultimative Langeweile dar – kein Thrill, keine Action, kein wirkliches Finale – für die anderen ist es die Revolution, die Wiederauferstehung des echten Spukes. Zweites ist aus meiner Sicht vielleicht etwas hoch gegriffen, überdurchschnittlich, weil sich so sehr seiner Stärken bewusst ist dieser Film aber definitiv, denn West weiß seine sparsamen Schockmomente überaus passend über die Laufzeit zu verteilen und scheut es nicht, auch mal frech mit dem Zuschauer zu spielen: Endlose Suspense, die auf den großen, zerstörerischen Moment zusteuert, gipfelt ab und an auch mal in einem finalen… Nichts! Verarscht, ätsch, umsonst auf den Fingernägeln herum gekaut und die Fingerknochen des Sitznachbarn zum Bersten gebracht. [...]
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Fine characters and design, but some scares would have been nice, too.
A couple of schmoes (Sara Paxton, Pat Healy) work their last shifts at a bankrupt—and possibly haunted—New England hotel in the latest from low-key throwback horror specialist Ti West. The essence of West's style is a reversal of the usual ratio of drama to genre action: the shocking stuff is reduced to a compact minimum (in this case, the last 20 or so minutes), and build-up and details are expanded upon until they nearly swallow up the whole movie. West knows how to craft a creepy, suspenseful sequence (one scene involving Paxton wandering the hotel's first floor with a microphone comes to mind), but even more impressive is his willingness to apply his chops to more mundane stuff; in many ways, this is one of the most accurate portrayals of what it's like to work a boring, repetitive minimum-wage job to make its way to American screens in some time.
A ghost story about a haunted hotel. While dark and unsettling things occur in the characters' pursuit to make contact with spirits, I found it to be strangely lighthearted.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ehhhh. Ti West is quickly becoming one of those directors I can’t trust. He does great things in V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, then does a movie like this. And I’ll probably piss off a lot of people when I mention how I really, really, didn’t care for The Innkeepers.
See, here’s the problem. Ti West is the next Eli Roth. There, I said it. And while every horror fan/critic seem to want to elevate Eli Roth to top tier / God status, he’s always been 50/50 as far as I was concerned. Great in Cabin Fever, horrible in Hostel (I’ve mentioned many times that I can’t stand horror porn) and so on… I think the best thing he’s…
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