Instead of doing a top 10 list, as I’ve done in the past, this time I’m just going to highlight a horror movie every week that I think you should check out this Halloween season. In actuality, I’ve done so many horror movie lists over the years I’ve kind of run out of movies to recommend. A lot of the mainstream horror movies these days just aren’t very good, so it’s hard to come up with a solid 10 from the past year to recommend.
This week’s flick is Ti West’s “The Innkeepers”. I was first introduced to Ti West back in 2005 when “The Roost” showed up on my doorstep. I was reviewing movies for another website at the time and since I was not one of their head writers, I was always stuck with the random, bottom of the barrel flicks that nobody else wanted to watch. I didn’t mind though because it gave me the opportunity to watch things I normally wouldn’t have watched, or even known about. Thankfully I enjoy low-budget horror movies, so “The Roost” actually intrigued me, and in the end I actually enjoyed it.
Flash forward 7 years and Ti West gives us another great flick in “The Innkeepers”. Claire and Luke are the two remaining staff of the Yankee Pedlar Inn, which is closing its doors the following day. Luke has recently started a website dedicated to all of the different hauntings rumored to have occurred at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, but has never seen or heard anything happen while he’s worked there… although that’s not what he’s lead Claire to believe. The hotel is extremely quite on its final night, which leaves Claire and Luke pretty bored. So with only a couple rooms occupied and the fact that it’s the middle of the night, the two set out to prove the haunted past of the hotel.
At first everything seems normal, no signs of any sort of paranormal activity in the hotel, just some creeks and wind blowing the doors shut, but Claire is going to wish that’s all she experienced. As the night goes on, things start to get weirder and weirder in the hotel, which actually start to really creep Luke out as he comes clean that we was lying about witnessing anything paranormal in the Inn in the past.
I don’t want to give away too much of the movie as I thought it was a great flick, but it’s that sense of not knowing what’s going to happen that makes it that way. Don’t go into this expecting a bunch of jump scares or a bunch of stupid teenagers running around getting killed by a knife wielding psychopath. Go into this one expecting a good old fashioned ghost story. The suspense builds in a way that most modern horror movies fail at, which makes some of the scenes a lot more tense than they should be. The atmosphere that West creates in the inn is refreshing to the point where I thought it was one of the only truly scary movies I’ve seen in a long time. I did recommend it to a person on Twitter recently and they came back and told me that it was ‘ok’, but not what they were expecting. I expect that this was a young teenager who is used to movies like “Friday the 13th” or “A Nightmare on Elm Street”… the remakes, not the originals.
Kids these days don’t seem to appreciate good horror movies. Everything is all about being scared in a moment, not building up the suspense or creating a creepy atmosphere for the characters to live in. All it takes is a door slamming or glass breaking at the right time to scare kids these days, and then after the movie is over, even though they were clearly scared during those scenes, they’ll claim the movie was stupid. Do yourself a favor and give “The Innkeepers” a shot. There are a few jump scares and the acting isn’t the greatest, but the movie itself is extremely creepy and well worth a watch this halloween.
I’ve included the trailer here, but if I were you I would go into the movie without watching it.[youtube id=”endLt6cX0fk” width=”600″ height=”350″]