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The Innkeepers (2011)
Ti West needs to learn from Tarkovsky
This movie is BRILLIANT in its first three quarters. The final quarter of the film falls apart completely. It was amazingly refreshing, we had non-stereotypical characters at all, I cared about everyone, Sara Paxton was delightful, the dynamic between the innkeepers worked really well.
Then it fell apart. Some 15 minutes from the end it becomes your typical run-up-the-stairs-instead-of-out-the-front-door paranormal silliness.
You must be aware of the "The Thing" Rule for Isolated Characters. In "The Thing", the title creature only attacks a character who is by himself. The wise thing to do is to use a buddy system where someone is with you at all times. They don't do that and nearly everyone perishes because of this.
The characters in "The Innkeepers" become this illogical in the final 15 minutes. And it's infuriating because the director has given us a solid build-up. It's hard not to be in love with Claire by that point, or to not believe Luke completely as a real person. There's some amazing acting in here.
Only to be wasted with such a ridiculous unimaginative ending. I think the best attitude would have been if there had been no ghosts at all, even if they believed they were there. The film worked as a character study. We get to know these people who have no future and no idea what comes next after the hotel goes out of business. There was potential here.
I wonder if Ti West had a more original ending to this and was pressured by producers to make it "more like Paranomal Activity".
We'll never know.