This weekend, there’s a highly anticipated match-up between two impressive competitors. They’ll be butting heads, indoors, for glory that’ll last through at least the next few months. There are some big names involved. Oh, and I guess there’s a big football game going on, too.
I’m referring to two spectacular ghost stories that hit theaters this weekend–The Woman in Black and The Innkeepers. The big names include Daniel Radcliffe, the Hammer studio, Ciaran Hinds, and… well, I guess The Innkeepers has Kelly McGillis. Other than Paranormal Activity 3, there’s been a bit of a dry spell for wide-release horror films. To get two films in one weekend seems like an embarrassment of riches within that context. And to have two of this particular quality, our cups runneth over. Let’s break these down and see where they’re similar, where they’re different, and then I’ll give my preference. Continue reading
I first heard about The Innkeepers after SXSW last March, when one great review after another started to roll in.The IMDb plot description illustrates that it’s a movie right after my heart:
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.
Ghosts, a haunted hotel, a mysterious “past”… No matter the quality of the films that espouse these traits, they will never fail to intrigue me. I’m a sucker for a good ghost story. Throw in the overwhelmingly positive reviews from sources that I trust, some phenomenal poster art that hearkens back to classic haunted house films, a director–Ti West–whose work I had previously enjoyed, and eventually a really fun trailer, and there was not a snowball’s chance in hell that I would miss this movie. This week, I finally got my chance via Video on Demand. Unlike so many haunted house/ghost movies, The Innkeepers delivered on every last ounce of its promise. Continue reading
When you’re a huge movie fan, you’re liable to find out about lots and lots of projects well in advance of their release dates. This forces you into a very difficult position. You have to wait until it finally reaches theaters. Or when you don’t live in a movie mega-hub like Austin, Los Angeles, or New York, you’re forced to wait until the film hits DVD, Netflix Instant, or any of the other various viewing methods available. Right now, I’m extremely anxious to see an awful lot of films but I have to wait them out. Here’s what I can’t wait to see: Continue reading