The Innkeepers (2011)
So this guy Ti West, some snot-nosed kid (okay he's 32 but that's a kid to me) decided to write, direct and edit his own ghost story. Good for you son, keep practicing and you just might get it right some day. This movie tries to be stylish, suspenseful, give you a good story and a bang for your buck but then they abandon the story and the bang is more like a thud. It was probably rated 'R' because, hey, if it had been PG-13 the millions of viewers who saw it might have passed it up. I mean you saw it, right? No? How about you over there? A dentist appointment? At night? How about the shy one in the back... no? Well then the rating was for naught because apparently nobody saw this thing and that's probably good.
Note: I think I've had more comments on how dense I must be to not see the genius of this movie than any other. I've watched it several times and still have been unable to find anything redeeming about it (except that it was well shot) from beginning to non-plot to end. However, in the interest of I-don't-wanna-do-a-new-review-today, here's this review with a few updated opinions.
|The actual Yankee Pedlar Inn in Connecticut|
Yeah, this comment got me more than a few angry responses. My favorite is one person who says that I must think that only I make good movies... honey, thank you for that. The idea that you thought a amateur blogger could be a movie maker gave me the giggles and still does whenever I think about it. You hate me but I think you're just darling.
This was filmed in Connecticut, using some outside scenes of an actual inn called the Yankee Pedlar Inn. They don't state where the inside shots come from, but the overall feel is definitely like he was trying to copy the atmosphere of the Overlook Hotel (more The Shining references) when presenting this extremely lame (and ultimately never explained) ghost story:
|A Ghost Story For the Minimum Wage|
On my horror movie worksheet (patent pending) I have a list of rules of my own and it includes a medication list. On that list is asthma medication. I knew a couple of kids with asthma in school and guess what? They ALWAYS had an inhaler with them. They didn't lose them, they had a backup just in case, their parents made sure it was always with them... but in horror movies if you have asthma, you NEVER keep your inhaler either with you or with enough medicine in it.
Is this supposed to be like if she has to use her inhaler that must mean something scary is going on? Both are trying to start a website claiming the hotel is haunted because in their years there if they are alone, they sometimes 'hear' things. In an old building? With people in the rooms? That's just shocking. But to get this website off the ground, they need something solid in the way of 'proof', but (thank you Mr. West very much) they do NOT have a camera or camcorder so we don't have to worry about a lot of jerky scenes of nothing - just a lot of very steady scenes of nothing.
|Watch out! The corpse bride is.... ah never mind.|
|She's only <mumbles> years older than me...|
Yeah, I got some flack for that one too. And well deserved I might add - after all, I'm not young and I never looked as good as she did and does so who am I to throw stones? It just gives me the giggles remembering that she did a love scene with Tom Cruise.
But when Claire hears voices and the piano plays by itself, she runs into Leanne who confesses she's actually in town for a psychics' convention, and that she herself is a medium. She warns Claire not to go into the basement, and says there's 'three' spirits but she can't tell what they want. We get the 'There is no real there is only a state of being' type of gobbledygook medium-speak.
|OMG Kelly McGillis|
So we forget about him and Leanne for a while and have to put up with Luke and Claire going around the place getting EVP readings (but again, thankfully, no hand held cameras). Watching them go around looking for strange noises in a very old building takes a looooong time and is a part of why this clunker was 101 minutes long.
I got real flack for this comment too - what I interpreted as a waste of film watching two soon-to-be-jobless employees wandering about a very non-scary hotel with a plain voice recorder was for other people a 'slow build up of suspense and great storytelling'. Okay maybe, but it was still boring as hell.
|Wheeeereee's Myyyyy Tooowwwweeellsss?|
|Corpse bride, corpse bride, corpse bride...|
|Judging from her expression I think she was bored to death...|
Leanne tells Luke that Claire couldn't have been saved because hey, something had to happen in this clunker. You're sure not going to find out for sure if the old man was the groom, who the 'three spirits' Leanne spoke of were, why music kept playing, nothing.
Now, I watched the ending three times very very carefully. The camera moves towards the room Claire was staying in, and we get to watch her empty room forever and then finally as the BOO moment the door slams. Oooh, that was really, really scary (heavy sarcasm).
But the wiki version of this movie says that Claire's spirit faintly appears before the door shuts. I call BS on that one. I have a large computer screen, I looked very closely, even had my husband watch too, and there was nothing. Absolutely nothing. And that's appropriate because that's what this movie was - absolutely nothing.
So hate away all those who thought this movie was a piece of genius because even after several viewings I still saw it as a piece of...