USA, 2010 (MIFF 2011, Night Shift)
Director: Ti West
Clerks meets The Shining in this slacker ghost story from indie trailblazer Ti West.
West delivered a shot in the arm to horror fans everywhere with his much-acclaimed The House of the Devil in 2009. This highly anticipated follow-up is a character-driven take on the classic gothic ghost film.
Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy), two bored, restless night shift staff in the Yankee Pedlar Inn, while away the hours investigating rumours that the hotel is haunted - Luke has even half-built a website devoted to the history of supernatural manifestations.
When an aging spiritualist (Kelly McGillis) checks in, Claire and Luke start to make some headway on their ghost hunt - and suddenly their game takes on a decidedly more sinister aspect.
A classic ghost story with a twist, West bucks contemporary genre trends to bring us an old-school horror treat.
D/S Ti West P Derek Curl, Larry Fessenden, Peter Phok, Ti West WS MPI Media TD HD Cam/2010