SHELTER IN PLACE (2021) Reviews and overview of Hollywood hotel horror

 

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Shelter in Place is a 2021 American horror film about a honeymooning couple who become stranded at a Hollywood hotel during a pandemic. They soon learn that there is more to fear than just cabin fever.

Directed by Chris Beyrooty and Connor Martin, making their feature debut. Co-produced by Jonathon Komack Martin and Nicholas Waters

The Komack Company production stars Brendan Hines (The Tick; Lie to Me), Tatjana Marjanovic (Great White; Monsters of Man; Purgatory), Kevin Daniels (Atypical; Modern Family; The Big Leap), Ola Kaminska (The Madness Within) and Jey Reynolds.

Plot:

When a global pandemic limits the possibility of travel, a honeymooning couple gets stranded at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where a skeleton staff of two employees tend to them. When tensions escalate amidst a forced lockdown, it becomes apparent there is more to fear at the storied hotel than just cabin fever…

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Reviews:

“An early grimace came from noticing how actors were clearly reciting rehearsed lines. I think those first few scenes were as far as the script got with any sort of a firm plan though. After that, the movie meanders into such a nothing narrative, it looks like everyone made up an uneventful hour of content as they went along.” Culture Crypt

“There’s a lot of standard-issue developments that happen in Shelter in Place, yet the film winds up quite entertaining due to the strength of the performances and the restraint shown by the writers/directors. While we’re often tipped off to what’s happening and are able to piece things together long before Sara or John do, it strangely doesn’t diminish the enjoyment of watching the couple get put through the psychological wringer…” The MN Movie Man

“The empty hallways, nearly-empty bar scene and big, echoing lobby give off the faintest whiff of The Shining, a notion that lasts, alas, but an instant. The pacing doesn’t build dread, the characters don’t build empathy […] Shelter in Place makes one keenly aware of the time it’s taking to get to its point, to pick up the pulse if not the pace.” Movie Nation

Shelter in Place explores the different facets of isolation. Don’t be shocked if you find more than one tribute to The Shining. Although it’s a slow burn and might not be for everyone, it had some cool moments, and I really enjoyed seeing one of my favorite LA landmarks come to terrifying life.” Nightmarish Conjurings

” …it’s not your typical quarantine film and focuses more on the eerieness of the resort than anything else. This film also delivers some awesome bloody scenes! Although there were some things I didn’t like about this film, it was still a fun and unique story that took me by surprise.” Pop Horror

Shelter in Place is a fine example of what we should have been getting for pandemic films instead of endless shot-on-Zoom talkfests or films patched together from footage shot by multiple people in multiple isolated locations. A small cast and an interesting script taking advantage of one interesting and empty location. In other words, what the best low-budget filmmakers have been doing all along.” Voices from the Balcony

Release date:

1091 Pictures will release Shelter in Place On-Demand and Digital on September 14, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Brendan Hines … John Burke
Kevin Daniels … Ty
Tatjana Marjanovic … Sara Burke
Jey Reynolds … Robert Caustin
Ola Kaminska … Adela

Technical details:

90 minutes

Working title:

Do Not Disturb

Notes:

Not to be confused with Zed Nelson’s 2009 Texas-lensed documentary of the same name.

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