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.
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!
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.
"I'm not even supposed to be here today!"
October Horror Marathon: #13
Does for the quarter life crisis what Rosemary's Baby did for pregnancy. Goes down joyously like a bag of halloween candy (I thought of that before reading it in a ScreenRant review! It must be a very true feeling).
The Innkeepers is another strong outing from indie horror maestro Ti West. Horror is a genre with a lot of devoted purists, so it takes a lot to earn your stripes. There are plenty of Ti West naysayers out there, and I can understand why- his films are slow burning pressure cookers, in no hurry to get where they're going, and the climaxes are often over and done with before you really understand what you've seen. West…
Slick, enjoyable, spooky chiller with enjoyable turns from Pat Healy and Sara Paxton.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Innkeepers isn't as slow paced as some are claiming as it's constantly moving forward, but that being said, it is still slow. By the time it's finished though, you patience is rewarded as the film ends up being a brilliantly acted, engaging and eerie movie with moments of high tension.
Check into this hotel for a spooky good time!
Sure, the film relies on a few too many "jump scares," but the rest of it is so good I can overlook that.
It's a simple set-up and acted really well. I even forgot that the painfully annoying Lena Dunham has a small part by the end! That's how good it was!
I think I have a new crush in Sara Paxton. Do you think she'll go out with me on a date?
Anyway, the movie may take too long to get going for some, but the dialogue feels so natural, and the characters were so fun I didn't mind.
Now where's my towel?
With a mixture of slow burn haunted house storytelling and quirky humor, Ti West's follow up to HOUSE OF THE DEVIL is solid and very enjoyable. The two leads are great and the Yankee Pedlar Inn makes for a great location.
The thing that hurts the film the most is it's a lot of build up for a abrupt and unsatisfying ending. Still like it a lot but more effort should have gone into the script for the third act.
It was a nice surprise to find right from the start that I was really enjoying the film. Until of course the last 20 minutes happened. All of a sudden the cast started behaving in ways that were completely contradictory to what the bulk of the film had set up, and things started land-sliding sloppily. It was annoying, and the end results disappointed me a lot.
A slow-building film that did not pay off is a justifiable way for me to have sat through the duration.
Tho Paxton and Healy were great and fun to watch. Would have been a cute movie if the story had stuck to their friendship, and avoided the element of paranormal danger altogether.
At first I couldn't get into the extremely slow pace of this movie. After about 45 minutes into the movie the subtle charm of the characters and ghostly possibilities grab a hold of you draw you in for the big finish. The camera work in this movie was astounding and refreshing straying from the typical horror movie jump scares and letting the story speak for itself. I would definetly recommend this movie for any horror fan or weekend ghost hunter.
- 13 Sins
- 100 Bloody Acres
- The ABCs of Death
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…