During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel’s haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.
When I first saw the trailer for this film I knew I just had to watch it, then when the film started getting hyped up by fans and critics alike it seemed I was onto a winner. Alas it wasn’t meant to be, within minutes of the film I found myself bored…..very, very bored.
The problem isn’t a new one, it ‘s the same trick that’s fooled us many times over the years, you all know the one where they stick all the action into the trailer and it makes you think it looks fantastic, then when you see it you realise you’ve once again been duped into parting with money you’ll never get back.
Ghost hunting films are nothing new but they have become a present trend in the genre we love, this sees us viewing more of a pair of friends working in a boring hotel that is apparently haunted by a famous ghost that they are determined to catch on tape before the hotel closes. The main problem with this film is that you feel like your working a boring shift alongside the main characters and it goes on like that for way too long.
I’m all for deep character depth, heck I’m a Stephen King fan so I’d have to be but there’s a reason why King is highly regarded, it’s because he does it right, in this film it isn;t because these characters have no depth, their just bored of their lives and their work.
Nothing happens for a VERY long time, other than the old tried, tested, overdone and predictable jump scenes, and for a film that is over 100mins long, that isn’t good. The characters are just so boring and, yes while they’re relatable, being able to relate to someone who has a boring job is not a good thing when you get bored with them.
All the action parts you’d love to see are packed into the last few minutes, tricking you into thinking what you just watched was a good film, because it leaves you on a high. Truth is it isn’t and I’ll never get that time back