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,…
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.
“Pessimism is just a higher form of optimism. If you expect nothing from people, then you go through life being pleasantly surprised.”
- Pat Healy as Luke in The Innkeepers (2011)
Let me start by saying The Innkeepers was a huge letdown. This is a movie that was directed by Ti West who also did The House of the Devil which I loved tremendously. The Innkeepers is no House of the Devil.
The acting could be down right terrible at times and to me the scares were far and in between. I don't really want to spend much time on this due to the fact that there really wasn't much to say about this but that it sucked. If you like bad acting, lame scares and 2 hours of boredom then give this a shot.
A fresh, clever set up for a horror, with a comedic undercurrent, but let down by it's devastatingly unsatisfying ending. Until then, the director does set up some effectively creepy scenes.
Always heard this was good and tried watching it on Halloween with the parents. Pretty good, but not what I was expecting. The film really captures what it feels like to slog through a boring, monotonous job. Great atmosphere and I liked the lead actors and their chemistry together quite a bit.
The problem was that I didn't find it at all frightening. The Clerks like hanging out moments worked far better than what were supposed to be the scary moments. Evidently some people find it terrifying, so maybe we just weren't in the right mood. Regardless, it's pleasantly enjoyable and I would recommend it as a low key hang out movie.
First thing I have to say hear is this is another one of those films that I've been meaning to watch forever and I finally did Halloween 2K14.
Innkeepers is about 2 quirky young adults working in a closing hotel on it's final week open and spooky things happen. With this film the words quirky and fucking insanely horrifying can both be used. The film has nice little cute and quirky moments and then it makes me so scared I regret living. The problem though is that these two themes cross at certain points and ruin each others effect. One scare inarticulate that the film builds up for over 30 minutes is mostly ruined by the quirky acting of Sara…
Thank you Netflix for keeping my movie library updated. I was searching a website a while back and they were listing the best movies on Netflix. The Innkeepers was on that list. So I added it to my Netflix but never got around to watch it. Fast forward a few months and there's a few lists out of the best horror movies since 2010. Low and behold The Innkeepers is on a few of those lists. So in order to make my own I had to get updated on my horror movies. And that meant finally getting around to viewing The Innkeepers.
The film follows two employees of an inn that is going out of business. They are also paranormal…
Enjoyable, but quite a few steps down from Ti West's masterpiece THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL.
Where THOTD had a clear, concrete, and understandable goal that drove the story and plot forward, The Innkeepers doesn't have that. and because most of the action in the film is unmotivated (or motivated in a weak way) and the conflict vague, the movie feels like it's meandering most of the time.
A simple way to fix this would be to give the character(s) something to work toward earlier on. Give them a concrete goal and put something at stake (like THOTD's lack of money for the heroine) so we're not just watching people sit around and be bored for half the film.
i liked sara paxton a lot in this, but it would've worked better as a short film. lots of build up and no real pay off, and not in an old school way? the score was too overwhelming and busy and got distracting a lot. but sara paxton and pat healy! i wanted it to be so much more because they were very enjoyable together.
Ti West's companion piece to THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE INNKEEPERS again places its characters in a creepily desolated place, with examinations into the history of its past and the people themselves occupying most of the plot. Sarah Paxton and Pat Healy star here, a mumblecore duo I recognized immediately from this year's CHEAP THRILLS. They each do solid work, but Paxton is especially great at portraying a introverted, bored, initially dismissive, but wholly vulnerable to being scared wage-slave. Like Jocelin Donahue in West's previous film, Paxton does most of the heavy-lifting, emotionally and narrative wise. Her investigations into the lore of the hotel, and dabblings with the guests provide the bulk of the comic relief and horror in…
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