Histories of Dead Beyond Hotels

A hotel was set to close, and was given the opportunity to operate on its last weekend. Its third floor of the building was already shut down, with four rooms to use in the second floor, a lobby and a basement. Two rooms in the second floor were occupied by hotel crew, Claire and Luke who happen to have a video camera in hopes of videotaping strange things that might happen in the area. Videotape? The hotel? Why not? Especially when it claims to be haunted by a bride who was killed in one of the rooms in the third floor.

Personally, the movie was dragging. It took too long for the horror components to scare me that when it’s time to be scared, I felt nothing. The two main characters were basically just waiting for the hotel to close down before they get on with their life and as the story progresses, it can be learned that Luke was handling a certain website where ghost stories are told and the main target area was the hotel they were working in. From here, it can be established that the two did not really believe in supernatural beings and were interested enough to make a big fuss about the hotel to make the viewers either interested or scared – to propagate a legend about the hotel.

As Andrew Tudor says, horror provokes strong responses. In the latter part of the story where the two protagonists realize that there was indeed a supernatural being lurking in the hotel, that is after they have disturbed the spirit living in it, Luke began denying that he believed in things like these. That he was just joking, and was doing it for fun and now that he began to feel the unseen things, he retaliates and storms out of the hotel and leaves Claire behind. At the same time, although the visual has little effect on me, I had a couple of times where I jumped from my seat because of the audio technique that was used for certain parts of the movie.

As I reflect on my thoughts about this movie and supplemented by Andrew Tudor’s article, I began to think what I like about the horror genre. Although this movie did not really scare me as what most people would think is the job of a horror movie, its audio scoring was enough to make me feel the tension on what is going to happen next to a point where I slightly look away to avoid jumping from my seat. This then made me realize that the movie was effective after all, apart from the interesting history of the hotels [because when it comes to horror movies, the history and/or the cause of what happened is what I am most excited about], successful suicide by the old man and the angry dead bride was a bonus to an ending that killed the most curious of the two protagonists. That although the ending had the heavier weight of the movie since the first parts were just building up, hence the dragging judgment, the movie delivered through excellent scoring and interesting stories to discover.

Source: Andrew Tudor. “Why horror?” Horror, The Film Reader (Routledge, 2002)


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