Creepy hotels are like haunted houses on steroids. They have everything we normally associate with hauntings, but there’s the added element of the unknown as well. You have no idea what scary stuff the hotel workers and the other guests might be up to, and you don’t know what creepy rooms or floors the place might have beyond the ones you’ve visited. It just adds an extra layer to the terror of haunted houses, and the trailer for The Overnight looks like a really cool example of this kind of horror. Here’s what the film is about:
After a romantic weekend gets sidetracked, a young couple find themselves at an outdated hotel, caught up in murderous death-loops, and lured as bait for a demon lurking in the building’s underbelly.
That’s a pretty vague plot description, but as I always say, it’s better that way. We don’t need to know too many plot details before we actually watch a movie. All we need is the basic premise, and this one sounds pretty cool. It seems like the film is going to be a relatively simple haunted hotel story, so it looks set to be more of a scarefest than a deep, substantive masterpiece. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
As long as a film delivers on the scares, it’s a winner in my book, and if this trailer is any indication, The Overnight is going to do exactly that. For example, it has dark rituals, shady hotel workers, and what appears to be a demonic possession or two, and they all look like they’re going to be executed well enough that fans of supernatural horror are going to get their money’s worth. There are even a few moments that feel very reminiscent of The Shining and The Evil Dead, and if this film can successfully blend those two vibes, it’s definitely going to be one to watch.
The Overnight hits theaters and VOD on June 3.