H is for Halloween, H is for Horror – The Innkeepers

I probably shouldn’t mention it until the end, but this movie is a HUGE fail in my book.  The thing had so many plot screw ups I lost count.

My friend liked it because if you were one of the main characters, you might never know all the answers and all the information.  So it is more realistic.

I don’t care for realism in my movies.  I want the movie to follow the physics and rules of the world it establishes.  But I want things tidied up.  I want answers, I guess.

If you have read 1984, this movie is like that.  Deadly boring bits interspersed with really interesting bits.  Aside from that, here is what I didn’t like about it.  Sorry for the spoilers.

Luke and Claire

1. If you own a small hotel and it is going out of business for good, would you really take a trip to Barbados and leave only two staff members to man it 24 hours for the final weekend?  It seemed all wrong to me, but I’ve worked at some jobs that were closing up when in college.  Made for great summer jobs when you have to go back to college again in fall.  This made no sense.

2.  The guy (Luke) working there, who was supposed to be all about the ghost hunting, managed a page about the haunting of the inn, and supposedly saw the ghost of the lady (Madeline O’Malley) who died there (after her fiance stood her up) was a total fake.  I saw that right off the bat. He seemed to have no real interest or enthusiasm for ghost hunting. I suspected he was lying about seeing the ghost and it turned out I was right.    (I was certain that when I was watching it that the movie said she was stood up but other sites say she was hanged on her wedding night.)

3.  The older actress (Lee) turned New Age healing guru says there are three ghosts there and not Madeline O’Malley.  She said they tried to warn her (Madeline).  Who they are is never mentioned.  And the female lead (Claire) only ever sees Madeline.

4. This brings up the issue, is it really just Claire’s over active imagination.  But what about the piano music she heard and the keys she saw depress themselves?  Still her imagination.  Luke went to repeat her EVP experiment and he heard the piano too.  But he was drunk then.  Maybe it was his imagination too.

5. An old man shows up and wants a particular room on the floor that was already stripped and mostly emptied.  Only the beds remain.  Claire decided they might as well let him stay there. It is the last night after all.  She takes up sheets and he mentions that he spent his honeymoon there.  The implication was that perhaps he was Madeline’s fiance.  But he wasn’t quiet old enough based on the legend. By the photo of Madeline, he would have had to have been well over 80.  What was going to happen to happen to him was terribly obvious.  Old man, small bag, willing to take the honeymoon suite even those all that is left in it is a bed, all alone.  Of course he was going to kill himself.  How much more obvious could they make it.

6. Claire is so freaked out, she goes to leave but can’t find Lee. She looks for the older woman in the basement.  She totally freaks out, thinking the ghost of the old man is coming after her.  She races to the storm cellar doors in the alley and locks herself in that room, screaming for  her coworker.  The day before she had chained and locked the alley access to the basement.  She can’t get out.

7.  Through the entire movie, Claire was puffing on an inhaler.  Lee kept telling her the basement was a very bad place for her and she needed to get out of there.  Well, Claire thinks it the ghost banging on the door and after her.  It is really her coworker answering her cries for help and trying to get her to unlock the door.  She has an asthma attack and her inhaler is on the other side of the door, having been dropped in her mad flight to get to the room and secure herself inside.

I still want to know why there was ever mention of three ghosts who were not Madeline being in the hotel.  Why they were trying to warn Madeline? Why was she and accident?  What was the accident, because the girl kept seeing a Madeline who had been hanged in her wedding dress and yet had blood all on her face.  Why did she keep seeing Madeline when the spiritualist said Madeline was not one of the ghosts there?  That reinforces my idea that all of this was Madeline’s over active imagination and her many times of spooking herself and over reacting.
All in all, I hated it.

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6 Responses to “H is for Halloween, H is for Horror – The Innkeepers”

  1. i love that movie i am so obsessed with that movie who would hate it what a good movie it is thats why i ask alot of questions about the inn keepers. if i was ever on that movie id be freaking out. and if i saw madline o mally id be screaming and crying at the same time i would say oh my god get me out of here im freaking out god that is a scary good movie … i love that movie.

  2. The “three ghosts” were Madeline, the old man, and Claire herself. She never said it wasn’t Madeline. It was like a warning from the future. Lee says something to Claire and Luke about her ability. It’s like “deja vu” but in reverse.

  3. Morgan Barnes Says:

    Why did Claire have to die at the end of the movie? It’s really sad! Or why didn’t they at least make it so that Luke somehow died as well?

  4. Aww – sorry you didn’t like this one! 🙂 I agree it had long, boring bits with a few interesting bits in between (like all Ti West movies). I agree with the comment that Claire was one of the ghosts, though. That woman was seeing the future…

    • Ever do a writing group where people write different parts of one story then try to fit them together. The first read through doesn’t fit at all because, at that point, no one has seen each others parts. That’s what this movie feels like to me.

      • Hmm… No, I’ve never been part of a writing group (I’m a terrible writer!) but I like the sound of that. Must come out with some really weird stories! : )

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