Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hotel Hell (2014)

Last night my plans to attend a softball game were rained out by the bipolar weather we are suffering through. Because of that, I was able to catch another no-budget anthology. Unfortunately, this one did not match the others from the week. What was it? 2014s Hotel Hell (AKA The Damned Thing).

Plot/ Three tales of horror are told from the narration of paranormal investigator Eddie Osborne to his newly hired videographer, as they document an abandoned hotel with supernatural occurrences.

If you are a reader of my blog, you know that I love the horror anthology and often give the benefit of the doubt to low budget indie flicks. Unfortunately, it is hard to even do that with this movie. Yes, some of the elements worked within the meager budget, but the storyline was so disconnected that I could not immerse myself into any part of it. This film suffered from clich├ęd dialog, uneven performances, awkward pacing, and too many subtle inconsistencies to make it entertaining. In the end, Hotel Hell should have kept its original title The Damned Thing, while that would have not improved any aspect of the film, it would have at least given the viewer more of an idea of what they were in for.

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