With first-class acting and off-the-seat scare moments, NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN will leave you questioning any upcoming hotel reservations you may have
Brothers and creative team Erik and Carson Bloomquist bring NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN to Manchester’s GRIMMfest to haunt your nightmares and are sure to leave you questioning that upcoming hotel reservation.
NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN follows Sarah (Amelia Dudley) and Spencer (Taylor Turner) Moss, two orphaned twins who desperately seek answers about their father’s unexplained disappearance the night they were born.
Horror fans’ senses are assaulted from the get-go as the movie’s first shot opens to the classic and genre-defining hotel corridor, antiquated and spooky in all its glory.
The Bloomquist brothers do well in creating a smothering fear of entrapment for the audience, clearly paying homage to the king of hotel scare flicks THE SHINNING. The suspense in the first scene is at full-throttle and dangles the audience a slither of what mystery and horrors await the unsuspecting twins.
Dudley and Turner have great onscreen chemistry and offer insight into the Moss family tragedy by clever use of explaining their investigations into a dictaphone. It’s a helpful tool as it ushers its audience through the twin’s backstory allowing this horror tale to unfold across the short 70 minutes without feeling like a rushed piece.
Greg Schweers plays The Night Manager and is just as creepy as the inn itself. Sometimes comical, sometimes a little over the top, but overall he successfully creates a Night Manager who would give any guest a jittery welcome.
The Brothers’ multifaceted writing, producing and editing skills, and Erik’s direction, work incredibly with Thomas Nguyen’s exceptional cinematography, crafting an intense and captivating horror-mystery. Erik and Carson know exactly what they are doing, using classic horror tropes but with the Bloomquist twist to offer plenty of scares.
Gyom Amphoux’s score deserves special mention. It creates high suspense with excellent jump scares, which delightfully feel Hitchcockian and lifts the picture in all the right places.
NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN offers horror fans “all the amenities”. With first-class acting and off the seat scare moments, the Brothers’ low budget flick doesn’t hold back the superb cinematography and score offered to audiences.
NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN sceeens as GRIMMfest on 8 October or virtually on 15 October. Take a look at the full festival schedule.
Sophia Agnew works in Comms and Marketing after previously studying Drama and Theatre at the University of Hull and a brief stint performing herself. She now much prefers being part of the audience and working in a creative industry. She also has interests in events, house renovation, growing her book collection and finding the best bottomless brunch.