Fraternal twins spend a hellish night at the remote inn their father disappeared from the night they were born.
Starring: Amelia Dudley, Taylor Turner, and Grey Schweers
Directed by: Erik Bloomquist
Written by: Erik Bloomquist and Carson Bloomquist
A Popcorn Frights Film Festival Review
A “Night at the Eagle Inn,” Holiday Inn, Ranch Inn, Boulder Inn, or whatever Inn probably isn't going to end in a lot of rest time! Fraternal twins Sarah (Amelia Dudley) and Spencer (Taylor Turner) seem to have that special bond that many twins have. As much as they're bonded as brother and sister their missing that bond with their parents. Apparently their mother died after their birth, and their father went missing not long after. Now the twins are united in their mission to find out what happened to them.
Of course their journey takes them to the Eagle Inn, where they’re set to stay for the night in search of some clues to the past. On the surface the place looks like a typical inn, but the night manager (Greg Schweers) seems a little odd. He almost seems too eager to book their stay giving it to them free, but making them sign a guest book. Even while showing them around the inn he seems to be up to something. It seems the twins are on the right path to their family mystery, but it’s probably not going to end the way they expect it to.
Sometimes fans notice that a movie could have been trimmed down about 15-20 minutes, and it would have done wonders for their viewing experience. Whether on purpose or not, this film seems to play right into that coming in at about 70 minutes long. There’s no wasted time as it starts with a tease of what happened at the inn years ago, introduces the twins, and gets them checked in. Soon enough the twins get into their investigation, and the mystery and horror fans want to see starts to unfold.
At the first sight of danger the twins do the smart thing for once and try to escape, but find their is no escaping the inn. Now they’re looking for clues about their family history, and a way out of this mess. Things get worse when television sets around the inn start showing horrible things happen to past guests. It’s here where most of the horror of the film lies, and fits the story well. It’s enough to maintain that creepy vibe, and keep the twins and audience on edge for what’s coming. And what’s coming is a most welcomed twist for the audience, but not so much the twins.
Not knowing much about the film, “Night at the Eagle Inn” turns out to be a pleasant surprise on many levels. Amelia and Taylor make a great brother and sister combination. The audience will be right on board with their mission, and be pleased the film decides not to waste time going overboard in their introduction. The audience learns everything about them they need along the way, especially when the maintenance guy (Beau Minniear) comes across them. Beau also plays his character just the way that’s needed, and mixes well with Amelia and Taylor. Before they know it, the Eagle Inn becomes dark, creepy, and more horrifying than first imagined with what happens on the t.v. sets. The story of what happened to their parents is good, but nothing like the mystery this story unfolds for the twins. With that, I give it 3.5 pools of blood.
“Night at the Eagle Inn” played as part of the 2021 Popcorn Frights Film Festival.