The Hotel Manor Inn

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

The revelation arrives about halfway in: It's supposed to be a black comedy! Were the film even remotely funny, this might be clear earlier. Gus Griswell (John Randolph) is the assiduous caretaker of a now-defunct insane asylum that he longs to return to its former incarnation, a luxury summer resort called the Atlantic Island Hotel. Unfortunately, two...read more

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The revelation arrives about halfway in: It's supposed to be a black comedy! Were the film even remotely funny, this might be clear earlier. Gus Griswell (John Randolph) is the assiduous caretaker of a now-defunct insane asylum that he longs to return to its former

incarnation, a luxury summer resort called the Atlantic Island Hotel. Unfortunately, two former patients are still hanging around, and one of them has been sending letters to her favorite tabloid TV show, The Smoking Gun, suggesting that the estate's owners were murdered. Meanwhile,

Smoking Gun intern Nolan (Sam Trammell) is assigned to investigate a kidnapping committed by a man in a kangaroo suit, but is accidentally handed the wrong folder. Are you laughing yet? His arrival at the hotel sets off a series of murders that are even less funny than the preceding events.

Veteran actor Randolph never manages to make the conniving Gus a convincing character, and with the exception of Burke Moses (currently on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast and probably wishing he were the heavily made-up beast rather than Gaston), who plays authentically slimy tabloid host

Brian Armor, the rest of the cast (which includes Howard Stern sidekick Fred Norris) is laughably incompetent. Director Wayne Chesler, who might want to take a look at a successful dark comedy like RUTHLESS PEOPLE, entirely lacks the wit and intelligence required to pull off the delicate mixture

of yocks and shocks.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The revelation arrives about halfway in: It's supposed to be a black comedy! Were the film even remotely funny, this might be clear earlier. Gus Griswell (John Randolph) is the assiduous caretaker of a now-defunct insane asylum that he longs to return to i… (more)

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