Holy shit! I skipped out of work early to catch The Innkeepers and I am now sitting on my couch with the lights on and the tv on but on mute so that I can both have plenty of light and write this post.
Downsides: Sometimes the acting is a little too theatrical. The ghosts are less scary when you see them.
Upsides: Every fucking thing else. Plus, the ghosts are less scary when you see them. Or at least, they appeared that way from behind my fingers. It’s a beautifully filmed movie. Just visually I really enjoyed it. I picked up right away on the maiden, mother, crone symbolism (there’s literally no other reason for the mother to be a guest except to invoke that triad.
But man, now I’m wondering if there really aren’t five archetypal roles for women–maiden, bride, mother, crone, and ghost. Not that men can’t be ghosts in real life, but I’m talking about symbolically. Honestly, if I were going to design my own tarot cards, I’d stick those five in there. Anyway, all five of those roles are there (the bride also being the ghost).
Anyway, since it’s mostly noises, it’s really scary. The actors are great. It’s like they cast the gal for being all eyes and the guy for being all wrinkly fearful brow. And Kelly McGillis, from Top Gun, is in it and she is amazing.
It’s really good.
But now I have major heebie jeebies.