Ti West's The Innkeepers genuinely scares
The trailer for Ti West's latest film The Innkeepers really does manage to scare and capture the horror beats that are so often missed perfectly. With the deluge of completely non-scary horror films that reveal too much too often, this trailer is a refreshingly strong promise of what's to come.
Plus since Ti West brought us The House of the Devil (Filmstalker review), there's not a lot of false hope in this frightening trailer.
I really do mean that, this trailer is frightening. I see a lot of films, a hell of a lot of films, and these days I find it a little harder for comedies and horrors to capture me as they once did because they keep playing on the same tired aspects and they think that "more" and "bigger" are the key to success.
They aren't, and they don't seem to learn their lesson. Ti West knows better.
His The House of the Devil (Filmstalker review) went back to eighties horror superbly well, and he delivered a film that did manage to take me back and deliver a few genuine creepy and scary moments. Here it looks like he's been improving on that and using the ideas of "more" and "better" to much greater effect.
The Innkeepers carries the following blurb:
After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees -Claire and Luke - are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels. As the Inn's final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage "ghost hunters" begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel's long unexplained history.
Sure the story seems to be very similar to ghost and horror films we've seen before, although the comments about the ghosts wanting to live and looking for a new love are rather disconcerting and suggest something a little more. Oh, and that is Kelly McGillis by the way.
The imagery, the length of time it's on screen, the lighting, the way the creatures are placed, it's all really well done in comparison to so many horror films. I know it's just a trailer but I'm already excited by it.