Synopsis: As there are just a few more days left before a century-old hotel closes its doors, two employees explore the possibility that it may be haunted.
Just a few days ago, I praised Ti West and his film, The House of the Devil, for its slow burn pace and the mood that it sets throughout. This film, while it may continue along the same snail pace, never delivers what it seemed to promise.
First of all, the film’s tone is all over the place. It doesn’t know whether it wants to be a comedy or a serious movie about ghosts. It tries to achieve the best of both worlds, but effectively strikes out on both fronts. Even if it did pick a lane, though, there isn’t enough here to achieve a movie with a lasting impression. It’s a flaccid movie with no money shot.
This is a pretty gore-free movie, much like any other haunted house movie. There’s one scene with an old man in a bathtub full of blood, but that’s as hardcore as it gets.
Gore Rating: 1.5 out of 5
They did some scares okay, but there just wasn’t a whole lot of them. There’s a slow build towards every little moment, but we’re talking like three moments maximum. This is basically a tale of too little too late.
Scare Rating: 2 out of 5
Sex/Nudity Rating: 0 out of 5
I wouldn’t say that this is the worst movie I’ve seen so far this month, but it’s pretty forgettable. Nothing really happens and unlike The House of the Devil, the payoff does not justify all the waiting around.