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.
Great at building and releasing tension, lots of humor, fun relationships, exquisite sound design - then it turns into a pretty routine and kind of muddled horror movie at the end and I lost interest completely.
It seems like the best female characters often appear in horror films:
Ellen Ripley, Clarice Starling, Carrie, Laurie Strode, Susy Hendrix, Heather Donahue, Amy Dunne, Sally Hardesty, Pauline Parker, Suzy Bannion, Miss Giddens, Veronica Quaife, Debbie Jellinsky, Jennifer from 'I Married a Witch', Carol from 'Repulsion', She from 'Antichrist', Anna from 'Possession', and Betty & Rita from 'Mulholland Drive'.
And those are just the most notable. However, there have recently been two female characters in the horror genre which didn't get the recognition they deserved; Samantha from The House of the Devil, and Claire from The Innkeepers. So, what makes these characters so interesting? Well, being that they were both written Ti West says a lot.
Ti West is probably my…
Gotta hand it to a film that was put together well enough to somehow string me along for 100 minutes before basically ended with "...and then I found $5 dollars."
Rating up a little from my disappointed first viewing. Still like this movie better in theory than I do when I'm actually watching it. The motivations behind ghost-hunting (one character trying to fill a life stasis, the other just trying to get laid) and the boredom of actually doing it are both nicely rendered. And (getting spoilerish) am I wrong, or is the pressing of a single piano key at the center of the film the sole instance of supernatural phenomena in the entire thing (obviously setting aside Claire's seeing ghosts, which ghosts never interact with physical objects and are never seen by any other character)? So the final "encounter" is potentially explained by Claire being drunk and suggestible, falling…
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Ti West seems to be a polarizing figure with both fans and detractors of his style of filmmaking, this is the 3rd (4th if including that's not my cabin fever) film of his I have seen and again I seem to fit into neither camp. Although its a horror thriller, it spends the first 1/3 as a clerks-esque hotel comedy with focus around the banter and day-in day-out meaninglessness of work in a small time hotel. There hobby is 'researching' the supposed haunting of the hotel with amateur enthusiasm and shoddy equipment. The actors are solid with good chemistry and for the most part manages to make the lighter moments fit with tonal consistency.
Cute and smart, but it gets too cute and isn’t perhaps smart enough. It sometimes feels like a movie for the whole family, which doesn’t really work in horror... But it plays nicely with clichés, especially the ’don’t go down in the basement/going down in the basement’ one. And I was kind of scared at times, movies about ghosts are the spookiest.
"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.
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