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,…
"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.
While trying not to go insane in the wait for CHEAP THRILLS, I needed a Pat Healy fix so I thought I'd check into the Yankee Pedlar Inn for a 4th or 5th time. It's great when actors of his ilk are afforded meaty roles and can flex their chops for more than a couple of scenes. One of many reasons why this strange horror genre is so precious. Ti West has a habit of getting really good performances out of his cast. See also about 5 of his THE SACRAMENT actors.
Every time I watch this, I'm drawn in by the adorable Sara Paxton (also in CHEAP THRILLS. Fuck). She is central to proceedings, but the friendship her character has with Healy's is by far my favourite aspect of the film. Natural, believable and enough to carry a film on its own.
But I like the spooky stuff too.
Enjoyable, if not actually scary.
I initially wasn't sure how I felt about this film, but on subsequent rewatches I realised how intelligently the whole film was set-up. It's the sort of film which invites a second and a third watch, partly because of how well the ideas come together, but also because of Sara Paxton's excellent performance as Claire, the awkward college drop-out. All her emotions are open for anyone to see and she's clearly lacking in confidence, often seeming unsure how to organise her own limbs. There's a scene of her trying to throw some rubbish into the skip round the back and what should be a fairly mundane moment becomes hilarious because of the actress's expert physical performance.
I often hate ghost…
I have never seen a Ti west movie before. I saw him get shot in the head in You're Next but that's about it. So when I heard the hype about him I thought I should give one of his films a go. I was split between this and House of the Devil but this has Sara Paxton in.
Immediately I noticed how impressive Sara Paxton was as Claire. Her quirks, her behaviour is portrayed brilliantly by Paxton. I was generally invested in her and wanted her to have a happy ending. The rest of the cast are fine but all pale in comparison next to Paxton.
I will say the movie is slow to get going and the scares…
wow. this movie is like watching a dream. actually, i was dreaming. because i fell asleep halfway through. boring as shit.
I wish the intensity of the final sequence could have started from the beginning.
This is one of those movies where I just don't get why people like it. This movie has good acting and some parts are pretty creepy, but the movie has one of the dumbest characters in horror in a movie. The movie is not that scary to me and the movie is kind of slow at parts.
It's not unusual for a horror film to start with an interesting premise or story and then balls it all up with one-dimensional characters, a dumb script, poor acting and lacklustre direction.
What is bizarre is getting all the hard stuff right and then have a story which goes nowhere interesting really slowly.
I was surprised by the low aggregate reviews this movie has gotten. It's actually a very interesting film and not at all what I expected. The characters are quirky and very real. There are people that I know that are just like the characters in this movie. The "taking out the garbage" scene seriously made me laugh out loud. I have totally done that, in real life, repeatedly. By building up their characters and slowly turning up the "creepy" knob, this film really delivers. The last 3rd is a little dodgy, but I still enjoyed the movie overall. Also, it was very weird to see Ti West in "You're Next" and then see his director credit on this film.
I could watch Sara Paxton being scared over and over again. She's hilarious.
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