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Old 12-24-2012, 01:51 AM   #61
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Finally got around to watching this, thanks to Netflix.

I think West may be my favorite young director working these days. Granted, that's based on only this and HotD. But, both showed a lot of care and intelligence and a good understanding of how horror works.

Most everything that I would say has been said by others, but I'll still echo the well written characters, fantastic skill at building tension and atmosphere, and great use of sound and music.

My only complaint is that it seems like West is either held back or holding back. Both this and HotD seemed to lack a bit once the climax comes around. The resolutions aren't bad, it's just that they both seem to suffer from the energy put into all the previous tension. Particularly considering how effective the few scares that come up are. I don't know if it's a budgetary thing or if West only can focus on one thing at a time.

In many ways I am reminded of Val Lewton's comment (which I may be messing up) that all a good horror film needs is good characters and one truly scary scene to be successful. In that respect, West's films end up being more like "The Leopard Man" and less like "Seventh Victim" or "Cat People"

So, I end up really liking Innkeepers a lot. But West has yet to cross the threshold into making a film that ranks up there with Session 9, Ringu, or Shining. But, I will definitely look forward to whatever he does next.

Oh, and I think he used the Dutch tilt way too much. I found that really distracting.

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Old 12-24-2012, 03:24 AM   #62
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Oh, and I think he used the Dutch tilt way too much. I found that really distracting.
Being a big fan of "The Third Man," I can overlook it's use here. I'm glad you appreciated this film as much as I did. Many people were turned off by the slow pacing, but I think it helped me appreciate and care for the characters. It also led to genuine scares.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:04 AM   #63
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I loved House of the Devil and The Innkeepers scared the HELL out of me. I honestly can't remember the last time a movie had me as scared as this one did.

Ti West is my favorite horror director right now, I can't think of anyone that knows how to work atmosphere and suspense like he's done on those two flicks.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:15 AM   #64
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I just watched this, and really loved it. Absolutely loved it. However, I agree with those who thought it wasn't very scary. It wasn't. Or at least, the ghost-bride wasn't. until maybe the very end. The old man was pretty scary, though. some great shots of him. but honestly, that didn't detract from my enjoyment one bit. it's just a really great ghost story with fantastic characters.

and i agree with whoever mentioned the dumpster scene, that was fantastic.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:07 PM   #65
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I just watched this, and really loved it. Absolutely loved it. However, I agree with those who thought it wasn't very scary. It wasn't. Or at least, the ghost-bride wasn't. until maybe the very end. The old man was pretty scary, though. some great shots of him. but honestly, that didn't detract from my enjoyment one bit. it's just a really great ghost story with fantastic characters.

and i agree with whoever mentioned the dumpster scene, that was fantastic.
I'm glad that this film is starting to get a following. It's very underrated. The suspense is fantastic and I love that the inn is less than two hours from where I live. My wife refuses to go there though.
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #66
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Watched this a while back and found it very charming. I like House Of The Devil a bit more to be honest.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:38 AM   #67
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I just watched this recently. My review -

Innkeepers -

This is a good one. I wanted to see it for a while. It's old school horror and I like how they broke the movie into acts. I think a person's enjoyment of this one depends on how much they like the main character. If they don't then I can see a person disliking this movie. I think it was a stong performance by the actress. The other characters are played well too. I was surprised by how old the actress from Top Gun looks. I almost didn't recognize her. I think the director is saying something about modern versus classic horror movies in Innkeepers. There is a modern reference and without spoiling anything something in the final shot. All horror fans need to see this one.
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:28 AM   #68
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I just watched this recently. My review -

Innkeepers -

This is a good one. I wanted to see it for a while. It's old school horror and I like how they broke the movie into acts. I think a person's enjoyment of this one depends on how much they like the main character. If they don't then I can see a person disliking this movie. I think it was a stong performance by the actress. The other characters are played well too. I was surprised by how old the actress from Top Gun looks. I almost didn't recognize her. I think the director is saying something about modern versus classic horror movies in Innkeepers. There is a modern reference and without spoiling anything something in the final shot. All horror fans need to see this one.
The main actress is absolutely gorgeous. They did their best to make her look "ordinary."
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:35 AM   #69
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The main actress is absolutely gorgeous. They did their best to make her look "ordinary."
Yeah she's cute in this. Either you find yourself attached to her quirks or not. That's really the heart of the movie.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:10 AM   #70
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The main actress is absolutely gorgeous. They did their best to make her look "ordinary."
I don't think it's her face anyone looks at just saying. She could wear a paper bag and you would never notice.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:45 AM   #71
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Just watched this movie tonight - I really like this one - I also love The House of the Devil he directed as well - both movies gave me the creeps without needing a bunch of gore and boobs - not to say there is anything wrong with gore and boobs though lol
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