The Innkeepers (director Ti West in person!) + House (archival 35mm print!)

The Innkeepers (director Ti West in person!) – 7:30pm
“The indie king of the slow-burn horror flick is back, and this time Ti West is bringing along an unexpected dose of wit, warmth, and weirdly effective character-based comedy. Scheduled to work during an old hotel’s final weekend in business, a mismatched pair of employees begin a half-hearted search for some of the hotel’s alleged ghosts — and butt heads with a mysterious new visitor (Top Gun’s Kelly McGillis), who offers all sorts of quietly creepy advice to the youngsters. In many ways, West’s The Innkeepers is a lot like his previous features, in that you know it’s a horror/thriller flick going in, but the director has a grand old time while building the tension, laying down the foundations of the (eventual) pay-offs, developing his odd characters in colorful ways, and (this time around) presenting long and amusing volleys of dialogue. If The House of the Devil was his affectionate throwback to the early ’80s, then The Innkeepers is sort of an homage to Roman Polanski with a dash of The Shining and a pinch of various other flicks. And while Ti West is still clearly painting with nostalgic brushes, The Innkeepers marks his most original and novel flick to date.” — Scott Weinberg, Feat.NET Ti West will be here for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Ti West, 2011, 100 min.

House (archival 35mm print!) – 10:00pm
To watch House is to get a glimpse of what makes ‘80s horror a genre unto itself: beautifully grotesque latex creatures, ingenious practical effects, sly humor and a dense run of questionable fashion choices. After the game-changing successes of Last House On The Left and the Friday the 13th franchise, producer Sean S. Cunningham tackled a re-imagining of a more classic horror movie concept: man versus haunted house. William “The Greatest American Hero” Katt plays a successful Stephen King-esque author and harrowed Vietnam vet who moves into his late aunt’s house to complete his next book, to find it populated with lurking forces that have a knack for accessing his darkest mental places. What follows are garish and freaky encounters with an undead hag, child-snatching ghouls, zombie Army troops and a portal to the netherworld itself! House is that rare horror comedy that doesn‘t overplay either hand, and even emerges as a complex Reagan-era meditation on the aftermath of Vietnam itself.
Dir. Steve Miner, 1986, 35mm, 93 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Watch the trailer for “House”!
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