Written and Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Brett Donowho
Producer: Ed Holden, Stacy Fish
Screenplay: T.J. Cimfel
Date Released: October 9, 2012
Charlie Howes as Megan
Johnny Hawkes as Spencer
Andrew MacFarlane as Kyle
Angel McCord as Corey
Chelsey Reist as Rachel
Rileigh Chalmes as Angela
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Six friends are traveling in an RV. While traveling, the driver of the RV drives excessively causing the RV to crash and turn on its side. Stranded, the group retreats to an abandoned motel called the “Round the Bend Motel” only to later discover and experience paranormal events that has something to do with the prior owners. They later learn of the horrific history and death that the prior owners endured. The group quickly turns victim to the mysteries and secrets inhabited by the “Round the Bend Motel.”
Paranormal films generally do not contain a lot of blood and gore as the focus is usually geared towards more jump scares. No Tell Motel is no exception. The death scenes in this film are caused by each friends own vices and/or the spirits that inhabit the Motel. For example, one person appears to be a heroin addict and is guided to a place he can find more heroin. As a result, he dies from an overdose. Another person falls from a ladder. Generally, the death scenes are not bloody nor are they memorable.
The Grave Review
There are a number of aspects to No Tell Motel (2012) that did not make the film enjoyable to watch. The two aspects that most notably stand out as deficient are the pace of the film and the environments generally.
With a run time of over 75 minutes, there is a lot of space to fill up. It took about 45 minutes into the film until something significant happened. At times, it felt as if the dialogue between actors and cut scenes to flashbacks had very little purpose in relation to the story.
The other aspect which made No Tell Motel (2012) difficult to watch was the dark cinematic environments. Almost every scene was so visually dark that you could not appreciate the detailed environments which were created for the film.
No Tell Motel does not provide an original take on paranormal horror. Further, the storyline was overly simplistic with a cliche ending. However, it was clear through the quality of the camera work and production that there was an attempt to make the film high quality but fell short based on the dragged out plot and overly dark environments.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives No Tell Motel (2012), one and one-half graves out of five graves.
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