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…
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…
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.
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.
Playful and obviously a lot of fun to make, but The Innkeepers is at times far too slow. The scares are also purely of the jump variety, and for a movie that is ostensibly trying to play to discriminating horror fans this is a bit disappointing.
Two employees of a closing Inn try to record the happenings of a ghost that lived and died at the Inn decades ago.
Ti West makes really good looking movies. Unfortunately, his movies just aren't as good as they look. While The Innkeepers isn't half as boring as House of the Devil, it's still pretty tedious.
While there are a few things that keep your interest here and there, there ultimately just isn't enough. I'm sure if he was interviewed, West would say that he's "building suspense" or "creating mood", which is important to a movie, but it can't be the only element to the movie. I did notice that in the beginning of the movie, Ti West is listed…
West does the job effectively, but to no real end
A slowly building ghost story that is expertly executed & terrifying.
I watched this in increments over the last few days, so don't take my ramblings too seriously on this one.
It has been awhile since I felt so apathetic towards a film. Not bad. Not particularly outstanding. Just sort of shrug-able. This is where I find myself with The Innkeepers. Save for perhaps two moments, I felt completely blasé about what was happening (or, more accurately, what was not happening).
It's a classic horror set-up and goes about executing it with a no-frills (no-thrills) sensibility. The Yankee Pedlar Inn is entering its final week of operation and Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are on hand to man the front desk. The owner is out of town. Two rooms…
I loved this! And I have a crush on Sara Paxton now, she is so adorable and real in this movie. All of the conversations between her and Pat Healey were great. I'm definitely going to rewatch this again soon.
Entiendo perfectamente que las películas de "terror" no son puros sustos, pero tampoco se trata de que te aburran toda la película para que en la recta final se ponga buena.
Lastima, estaba entusiasmado por verla, era la única que me hacia falta de la lista "Cinema Horrorama: Las mejores películas de terror 2010-2014".
To give a brief refresher, the only Ti West films I had seen before last night (when I saw his last two full length works on Instant) was his shorts in VHS and The ABC's of Death, which I thought were atrocious, and The House of the Devil, which I thought was poorly shot, boring and had an awful final act. Yet, many people sing his graces. Maybe I am brave and maybe I am a masochist but I decided to give his other movies a shot.
I now wish I didn't.
I will admit that this was better made than Devil and actually had things happen throughout. I was OK with it taking its time introducing the characters and…
Finally got around to watching this, an excellent and understated horror anchored by a couple great little performances by the two leads.
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