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.
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…
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,…
Even better after a second viewing. Everything in this film is great. The sound is amazing, the shots are great and Sara Paxton is perfect in this. Easily one of best films I've seen so far in 2012 and one of my favorite horror films period. After this re-watch I think this is even better than House of The Devil which I also loved.
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.
A film that is more about characters then any ghosts. If you look at the poster of the movie though (unless it's changed) it will give you the wrong impression about the film. It's mostly all atmosphere and character with very little special effects or anything else for that matter.
That's the thing though, the film could have just been an indie comedy about Luke (Pat Healy) and Claire's (Sara Paxton) last weekend working at the Yankee Pedlar Inn and I would have still loved it. Especially the character of Claire is just a joy to watch. Sara Paxton really gives a great quirky little performance here that just makes the film work.
It's more effective when it doesn't show anything, it creates such a great atmosphere throughout for nothing. It seems the scares are quite effective but they could've been a bit better and the final part explained a bit more. Sara Paxton is a good actress, why isn't she in more?
A slow burn is great if it eventually leads to something combustible. But this... I respect going for creepy menace over shocks and gore, but man! This could have used more shocks and gore!
Just your run of the mill generic haunted house film. Nothing special about this whatsoever.
"This is pretty fucking terrible" I said to myself, as I struggled through what seemed to be the longest 100 minutes of my life.
"Written/Directed/Produced by Ti West"
The term "less is more" certainly holds true here, and Ti West has proven himself as being a master in slow-burning subtle horrors, first with 2009's The House of the Devil and then with 2011's The Innkeepers.
Great acting (Sarah Paxton is WONDERFUL), interesting camera shots, amazing sound, and a decent enough story leave me with no real gripes.
Really enjoyed this!
An actual frightening horror movie is a rare thing, and this movie is filled with long scenes that constantly ramp up the scares. It also thankfully does not rely on jump scares.
Horror generates from being bored at work; tell me about it.
I must admit I was rather disappointed with The Inkeepers. It focuses too much on the build up and tension Ti West manages to capture, and while it deserves praise it just feels like that's all there is to it. With so much build up the ending didn't at all feel rewarding which I couldn't help but feel as if it was rushed.
The performances from the two leads did however surprise me, especially Sarah Paxton as Claire. She steals the show, assuming the role of her character 100% and a lot of the success in creating such a tense atmosphere is solely down to her gritty and admirable performance.
I guess I am just someone who craves for those proper scares in horror.