The Innkeepers, 2011 haunted hotel horror film

Brief plot description: During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel’s haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.

Director: Ti West
Writer: Ti West
Studio: Glass Eye Pix
Stars: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis
Metascore: 64
Supernatural Horror verdict: 65/100; definitely worth a watch for all fans of haunting movies.

Random scene from The Innkeepers

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The Innkeepers (2012) – Official Trailer [HD]

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Ti West, writer/director of The Innkeepers

Paranormal investigation: Supernatural horror I totally missed

Recent paranormal investigation films with potential

My attention to current horror films tends to wax and wane depending on my attention to other ongoing projects at any given time. As a result, I sometimes miss potentially decent supernatural horror films in my preferred horror genres/sub-genres. Here are a couple of paranormal investigation movies — supernatural horror films based on successful found-footage paranormal investigation films like Grave Encounters.

The School in the Woods (2010)

The School in the Woods (2010), Official trailer on YouTube

The School in the Woods (2010) on IMDb (Rating: 58)

The Whispering Dead (2011)

The Whispering Dead (2011), Official trailer #1 on YouTube

The Whispering Dead (2011) on IMDb (Rating: 52)

The Skeptic, 2009 supernatural horror movie

Country: U.S.
Horror themes: Haunted house, ghost, inheritance, dead relative, skepticism, paranormal “science”
Director: Tennyson Bardwell

Brief synopsis of The Skeptic
An attorney inherits the home of his dead aunt, but his rational, skeptical mind is confronted by the unmistakable fact that the house is haunted.

Synopsis of The Skeptic
Following the mysterious death of his aunt, power lawyer Bryan Becket (Tim Daly) moves into the elderly woman’s purportedly haunted Victorian mansion. A die hard skeptic, he dismisses one eerie incident after another, until the haunting turns so personal and vicious, Becket’s cool, unemotional veneer begins to unravel. Whispers in the night, things he sees in the darkness, clues of a horrible secret, turn our rationalist into a terrified and reluctant seeker. A seeker of a truth so unspeakable it could destroy him. And the mystery, always just out of reach down the darkened hall, is not fully revealed until the film’s final moments. And even then, it leaves a tantalizing question.
(Source: The Skeptic – IFC Films)

The Skeptic, (2009) — Movie trailer (YouTube)

My thoughts about The Skeptic
Not bad. I enjoyed The Skeptic even though in some ways it lingered on the edge of psychological horror and actual ghost horror. The Skeptic provided a few creepy moments, especially surrounding the mysterious closet.

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…however, it was not creepy on the level of horror films like The Grudge or The Ring

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Insidious, 2011 supernatural horror movie

insidious - 2011 supernatural horror movieA couple of weeks ago I was scanning Project Free TV for good horror flicks I’d never seen and soon found the 2011 supernatural horror movie Insidious. Given the mostly positive reviews and the potentially creepy supernatural subject matter of Insidious, I was rather surprised I hadn’t heard of it before, even though I don’t track the big screen like I used to due to budgetary constraints. Here’s the lowdown on Insidious, hopefully sufficient to help you decide if it’s a horror movie for you.

insidious - 2011 supernatural horror movieCountry: U.S. – April 2011
Director: James Wan
Horror themes: Haunting, intruders, coma, astral projection, paranormal investigation
Verdict: 65/100… A good horror film
Official trailer: Insidious movie trailer at IMDb

Brief synopsis of Insidious
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

insidious - 2011 supernatural horror movieSynopsis of Insidious
Renai and Josh Lambert (Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) and their three kids just moved into a new house. As son Dalton is playing, he has a scare in the attic; when he cannot be awoken the next morning, he is rushed to the hospital where they learn Dalton is in an unexplained coma. Three months later and still in a coma, they bring Dalton home to care for him there. Escalating paranormal events occur and they end up moving to a new house – but this proves fruitless, as increasingly violent and supernatural events occur again. Josh’s mother (Barbara Hershey) contacts a friend of hers, Elise Reiner (Lin Shaye), a paranormal investigator. But can she discover the root problem and restore normalcy to the Lambert family?

insidious - 2011 supernatural horror movieMy thoughts about Insidious
I watched Insidious a couple of days ago and I thought it was significantly better than the average horror movie. The cast performed superbly.

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The Haunting of Helen Walker, a 1995 made-for-TV gothic horror movie

turn of the screw by henry james - famous ghost story on which many horror movies are basedThe Haunting of Helen Walker, a 1995 made-for-TV movie, is based on a novella by Henry James: The Turn of the Screw, which is often studied by literature buffs. Another famous horror movie based on The Turn of the Screw was The Innocents (1961, U.K.).

The Innocents is generally regarded as the strongest film based on The Turn of the Screw.

Synopsis of The Haunting of Helen Walker
Helen Walker, a young American woman, is hired as a governess for two English children, a boy and a girl, whose parents are dead. The children live with their many servants in an old English mansion. Gradually Helen notices the weird behavior of the children and finds out that some strange events from the past seem to be haunting the present and concentrating on the children…

Which movie adaptation of Turn of the Screw is best? – The Straight Dope

Quint at the Window: A comparison of 4 different film versions of The Turn of the Screw – YouTube

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