Alex, that is some good advice. You know you can charge people for advice like that, or you can just keep on being a good person. Your choice.
Nice post. You definitely did not cop out.
The Hallway: I got a Close Encounters vibe. Doors flying open, bright lights shining through, and electrical lights flickering. I know the location doesn't match.
The Hotel Room: I thought the same thing as Shaun. The Graduate. And in regards to the modern camera I was thinking Vacancy.
The Stairs: I am kind of leaning towards The Professional. But I'm also feeling The Conformist as well.
The Woods: damn it, I see Twilight, and that's not good. The only thing I can think of for the light is Peter Pan.
The Gas Station: I'm thinking Rubber meets Spike Jones Wax video. And The Sugarland Express.