3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You need a proper story to scare people..,
This review is from: The Innkeepers [DVD] (DVD)
Bought this last night, only £5 from a supermarket, not bad for a new release, I had enjoyed Ti West "House of the Devil" and Total Film had gone crazy for this film with a 5 star review and I thought I could not refuse at that price.
The film was a real struggle, there are some really nice moments in it with some good camera movement and sound design but there just was not enough story and plot. It is not really a spoiler but any director that ends a horror film with a door slamming shut has just run out of ideas (although there is some very subtle shot of a ghost on the screen just before, reminiscent of Hidden (Cache)).
My main issue is that Ti West has used scare techniques (i.e. effective slow tracking shots and brilliant sound design) but if you have no story to base this around it just is hollow cinematic technique. There is no real back story to the haunting and certainly no motivation for it. In some ways this sums up what is wrong with modern horror i.e Eli Roth and the torture porn crowd churn out functional movies with extreme gore but as there is no real excitement in the story apart from getting to the torture. Likewise Ti West has some good scare techniques but the story is just about getting to these moments but it just does not work.
Also the film goes from slight jumps and spookiness to something little more crazy in the last 5-10 mins and it just does not work, there is not enough story/plot to justify it.
It is almost a nice try and nearly works but it is certainly not the 5 star movie Total Film said it was, try The Changeling if you are looking for this type of film it has a story to hold the scares together and explains the haunting.
PS: Take the packaging and marketing with a pinch of salt, it is a creepy slow paced film and you could be disappointed if you are looking for something that moves along like a modern horror film