Both an unsettling horror film, and a very dark comedy, this is my
favorite Paul Bartel film.
Avoiding the sometimes too overt self-congratulatory humor of "Eating
Raoul", this story of a "nice" young girl who comes to stay at her
aunt"s creepy hotel, only to be surrounded by all sorts of disturbingly
depraved types frequently leaves you both laughing and cringing (in a
good way) at the same time.
Only the less than stellar (in fact sometimes near porn film level)
acting keeps this from being a classic of disquieting, semi-surreal
But there are scenes and images that stick with me, and Bartel creates
a lot of atmosphere with his use of music, compositions, and light.