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Old 09-26-12, 04:18 PM
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"The Innkeepers" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 26






The Innkeepers (2011)



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Old 10-13-12, 02:56 AM
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Re: "The Innkeepers" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 26

I am looking forward to revisiting The Innkeepers, while reading about it on another forum I found a tidbit about the end that I'll look for assuming true would have otherwise missed; SPOILERS:
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Apparently at the end you can see Claire's ghost just before the door slams and the credits roll... "right before the door slams shut you can just barely see her ghost appear, looking out the window and then and she turns to face the doorway, the door slams shut. She will be standing by the right side of the window, with the pulled/tied back portion of the curtain behind her. Look at the upper part of the curtain." -credit to Omen2002 from blu-ray.com


Also, I am surprised by the prevalence of the ghost in both the poster and video cover... it seems counter-intuitive to be so blatant about what I consider to be a big part of the payoff.
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Re: "The Innkeepers" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 26

Looking forward to watching this for the first time in the next couple of days. I've never seen that poster. It's really cool.
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Re: "The Innkeepers" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 26

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Old 10-24-12, 02:15 AM
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Re: "The Innkeepers" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 26

I liked the setting and characters but found the film to be extremely slow. A lot of time is spent developing the characters while little else is happening. The film held my interest throughout but I only found the last 5 minutes exciting.

Probably not something that I would re-watch.
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I LOVE this film. It, like director Ty West's previous film The House of the Devil, takes its time getting to where it's going, but the fun of the film is not really in the payoff--it's in the ride.

I know that we don't have to have spoiler tags in this thread, but I think that it would be better if I used one for this comment:

Spoiler:
A friend pointed out to me that if you watch the film closely, there's no evidence that any haunting is going on. All of the spooky stuff happens only to Claire, with no other witnesses. The film can be read that everything that happens to Claire is only a result of her overactive imagination. Watch it again and see if you concur.
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I LOVE this film. It, like director Ty West's previous film The House of the Devil, takes its time getting to where it's going, but the fun of the film is not really in the payoff--it's in the ride.

I know that we don't have to have spoiler tags in this thread, but I think that it would be better if I used one for this comment:

Spoiler:
A friend pointed out to me that if you watch the film closely, there's no evidence that any haunting is going on. All of the spooky stuff happens only to Claire, with no other witnesses. The film can be read that everything that happens to Claire is only a result of her overactive imagination. Watch it again and see if you concur.
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Ill have to rewatch it with this mindset, but the end scene before the door slams is a definite sighting and thats seen from the viewers perspective
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Originally Posted by terrycloth View Post
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Ill have to rewatch it with this mindset, but the end scene before the door slams is a definite sighting and thats seen from the viewers perspective
True, but that doesn't negate the possibility that perhaps
Spoiler:
everything supernatural that's happened up to that point was in her mind, and now HER ghost is the first real spirit. Just a thought. I can see it either way, which is what makes the film doubly effective for me. I love films that are open to interpretation.
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wow im slow I never thought of it that way gonna def re watch it again this week from that angle

and i know spoils are ok but left it in there bc it became my favorite scene and didn't even notice it untill like my third viewing
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Re: "The Innkeepers" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 26

Originally Posted by rbrown498 View Post
I LOVE this film. It, like director Ty West's previous film The House of the Devil, takes its time getting to where it's going, but the fun of the film is not really in the payoff--it's in the ride.
The ride doesn't do you any good if you are bored most of the time. I didn't realize that it was directed by Ty West or I might have skipped it since I loathed The House Of The Devil (especially after all the completely over the top, overrated comments on this board for that particular film).

I did like this film much more than HOTD though. It keep my attention though the pace almost got to me a few times. I stuck to it though but I would never revisit this film again. The payoff was lackluster and the "ride" on this one was definitely over-the-clothes PG fondling for a horror movie. Why this movie was rated R is beyond me. It is a decent little ghost story that you might have watched on an Amazing Stories episode or a Twilight Zone as a kid but it isn't more than that.

I did find the lead actress very effective and very cute. Cute not in a sexual/attractive way but cute in a tom-boy spunky way. Decent movie but don't go into this with super high expectations.

My rating: *** out of *****
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Re: "The Innkeepers" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 26

I expected a bit more of a payoff; the last act could have been stronger.

But the ride was a lot of fun. Great atmosphere and character build-up. I loved House of the Devil and just re-watched it. Maybe I need to track down that Roost or something film that West did as well.

Great choice, and well worth the $5.
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Re: "The Innkeepers" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 26

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I expected a bit more of a payoff; the last act could have been stronger.

But the ride was a lot of fun. Great atmosphere and character build-up. I loved House of the Devil and just re-watched it. Maybe I need to track down that Roost or something film that West did as well.

Great choice, and well worth the $5.
THE ROOST is nowhere near the quality of HOTD or INNKEEPERS...fair warning.
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Old 10-27-12, 01:09 AM
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I've been trying to find Clare's ghost at the end for the past 15 minutes and must be missing it. Edit: Found it, very subtle. She's not ghastly like the others, I wonder if that's significant.
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True, but that doesn't negate the possibility that perhaps
Spoiler:
everything supernatural that's happened up to that point was in her mind, and now HER ghost is the first real spirit. Just a thought. I can see it either way, which is what makes the film doubly effective for me. I love films that are open to interpretation.
Although this is an interesting observation it would feel forced
Spoiler:
if the psychic and old man suicide were just red herrings. If the intent was to be ambiguous
then it's doesn't seem very well designed. It seems you could say this of any haunting/ghost movie
Spoiler:
, that haunting is individual psychosis due to unreliable narrator instead of supernatural... sort of the "it was all a dream" cop-out
. Although I'm not a fan of that interpretation but I did enjoy re-watching Innkeepers with that in mind and appreciate your perspective.

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Re: "The Innkeepers" Reviews/Discussion - 2012 Horror Challenge: Day 26

Really enjoyed this one. Finally cracked open my Blu-ray which I bought long ago but decided to hold off watching until this challenge.

Really, loved the characters...especially Sarah Paxton, who is much different here than in Last House on the Left or Shark Night. Loved just spending time with the innkeepers and it almost felt like a good indie comedy, something like Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train at times. Not much by way of horror initially, but I love West's pacing and subtle camera shots that creep around corners. The acting puts this about House of the Devil for me (even though that film is scarier and kicks a special amount of ass).

One question, was the room at the end where the old man was staying and suddenly was completely furnished? Forgive me if this was obvious or not. I have been watching 3-5 films daily for 27 days now and occasionally I miss things in films that I will want to revisit.
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Totally thought this was leading to the dude and the actress fucking with Clare to either keep up the hotel or promote the haunting website. The real payoff was pretty bland and the film was sorta' dull as it plodded along to the last 10 minutes of something finally happening.
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That was Kelly McGillis? whoa

Anyway, I had a good enough time with this. One thing that I really appreciated about West's style (Especially after being subjected to so many copycats this month) was how he handles jump scares. No obligatory gong-sound to accompany a ghost's pop-out face. Incredibly refreshing.

BTW, I'm surprised Clare didn't make smarky comments about that website. That layout was so 1998.
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Originally Posted by Mondo Kane View Post
That was Kelly McGillis? whoa

Anyway, I had a good enough time with this. One thing that I really appreciated about West's style (Especially after being subjected to so many copycats this month) was how he handles jump scares. No obligatory gong-sound to accompany a ghost's pop-out face. Incredibly refreshing.

BTW, I'm surprised Clare didn't make smarky comments about that website. That layout was so 1998.
Yeah I figured it was another period piece like House of the Devil. I am pretty sure his computer is 90's too, wasn't it?
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Glad I watched this one, but I thought it was simply ok. Probably agree with others in that my opinion was formed by the slow pace.
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I think the ghosts were real, and Claire was just in touch with them somehow, evident with her becoming a ghost at the end (I believe her spirit is so faint in the end because she was newly passed). I also think the ghosts were just being ghosts. Checking her out, seeing what she was up too. She was just too intense and emotional to have a handle on the situation. And I believe she was destined to join them in the first place, as evidenced by Lee’s observations. If it was all happening in her head, then we wouldn't see her ghost and have her close the door at the end.

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I think the ghosts were real, and Claire was just in touch with them somehow, evident with her becoming a ghost at the end (I believe her spirit is so faint in the end because she was newly passed)...
I agree that the haunting was intended to be "real" and another interpretation given her ghost fetishism is that he spirit is faint and appears stoic at the end is that she is at peace with being a ghost. No one wants to die but they seemed to make a point of her loneliness earlier in the film. If so the ending could show her as sort of sinister ghost master instead of the malicious lost souls seen earlier; she is The Innkeeper.

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... she is The Innkeeper.
Whoa. That gave me chills.
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