“This beautifully observed character piece harks back to the charms of the 50s B-horrors, and only in its last act does it really start to freak you out.”~New Zealand International Film Festival
Aroview: Horror savant Ti West (HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) turns his attention to the paranormal activity in a run-down hotel in this expertly crafted ghost story.
West’s signature attention to detail and formal control is once again imparted on a genre known for regressing into excessive bloodletting and gruesome death invention in recent times. Owing much to THE SHINING while also uniquely oscillating in tone (between Scooby Doo hijinks and workplace slacker comedy), the film’s commitment to mood and suggestion, though not for every horror fan’s taste, makes for another welcome change of pace in the scary movie stakes.
4 stars (Very Good) One of the scariest films in a long time, although it's hard to explain why. In many ways, this is an old-school horror, with elements of Hitchcock and Kubrick, and a level of suspense otherwise absent in modern horror films.~Tom H
4 stars (Very Good) West wisely lets his likable characters set the pace, ushering us slowly but surely into some hair-raising chills. Smartly self-aware without ever being smug or taking itself too seriously, this is an A-grade B-movie.~fairbrother