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Spoiler Alert! – The Innkeepers

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 by | 4 comments

And we’re back!

It has been quite sometime since James and I have recorded a Spoiler Alert! podcast, after a quick search I discovered it was all the way back in October of 2010 when we reviewed two films for the Sound Unseen Film Festival that year (it also was the podcast which involved a certain urine related kitchen incident). So I wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few of you are unfamiliar with this show. While our standard podcast, the universally poorly received High and Low (Brow), is a themed podcast in which we watch older, obscure and possibly awful films for your listening amusement, Spoiler Alert! focuses more on newer films that catch our eye and we want to share our enjoyment with you.

So for this episode we review the newest film from Ti West, a director is quickly becoming a favorite of both James and I. That film being the haunted house not quite yet horror classic, The Innkeepers. But that’s not all. In this episode we also give you a sneak peek, and really more of a full on peek, of our newest podcasting segment, James Gillham: Pop Culture Guru. Oh yes, your long wait is over, and it was totally worth it.

As always thanks for listening!

Opening Music – Don’t Break the needle by J Roddy Walston and the Business
James Gillham: Pop Culture Guru Theme Music – Opiate by TOOL
Closing Music – The Show Must Go On by Queen


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Matt Gamble
I review movies. I run a movie theatre. I annoy people. I let my dogs lick my face whenever they want. Sometimes I'm even a halfway decent human.
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  1. Glad to see the return of Spoiler Alert. I’ll be seeing The Innkeepers in the theater next Wednesday, so I’ll hold off on listening for now, but it’s great to hear that there’s an original horror film out that may be worth a darn.

  2. I saw The Innkeepers last night in a theater and I think it went over very well in that setting. The humor might have gone over better than the horror.

    I really think that the movie is a response to the Paranormal Activity films. I think Ti West even makes fun of the PA movies in the video that Claire watches of the rocking chair, for instance. West is basically calling them out for resorting to cheap jump scares over things like good camera work, quality character work, atmosphere, and quality actors.

    The Innkeepers is very much a throwback to small, classical ghost stories in the style of writers like M.R. James. One of the key elements being that there’s at least the suggestion that it all may be in Claire’s head. She’s clearly at a pivotal point in her life, she’s about to lose her job and has no idea of what she wants to do, so it could be an outward manifestation of inward turmoil. Maybe. That’s a classic trope of the ghost story genre, even evident in Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

    To me, the movie very much feels like a tightly constructed short story. It’s complete within itself and doesn’t really suggest larger “mythologies”. That might hold it back a bit with the general audience who may ask “is that it?” at the end. I expect it’s going to have a decent shelf life though, because it has qualities beyond jump scares.

  3. I just finished watching the innkeepers and I didn’t really care for it. I’m not a film critic nor am I a film director. I don’t notice things like camera angles and such…I care about the story line…and this leaves you wondering “what the hell happened!?” There’s just too many unanswered questions. Like was the old man related to the O’malley chick? It was said that the o’malley lady hung herself after being stood up on her wedding day and then she was placed in the basement. But then the psycic lee said something bad happened, it was a horrible mistake but it doesn’t say what happened. Then when lee and sara paxtons character went to flee the place towards the end…where did lee disappear to? What happened in the basement that killed paxtons character? Did she just make all this up in her mind? I don’t like movies with no closure like this. Grrrr

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