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The Innkeepers

2011-2012 horror film written, directed, and edited by Ti West.

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  • Jun 5, 2013


I am a big fan of ghost movies mainly because I think they really exist and I have reason for thinking that. That all is another story for another time but as of right now I am talking about "The Innkeepers", which was a really good film by "The House of the Devil" director Ti West. Now I did like that film and West's style so I was pretty sure I would like this one. Thankfully I was not disappointed and this was another good flick by West.

Claire and Luke are clerks at an Inn that is going out of business. We join them during the last week of the establishment's open doors. Luke has a site and an interest in the paranormal and it just so happens that that is place of work is indeed haunted. So he and Claire decide to do some investigating before the place closes. A woman once killed herself there so things seem to go bump in the night.

An excellent reviewer named Woopak said in his review that this film is a "slow burn" and he could not be more right. This film slowly builds and in that sense feels like an old school movie haunt flick. I have to say that Ti West really did a good job here with that, the characters are interesting and a little odd. His direction and writing style are refreshing in the world of jump scares that seem to hit screen after screen. Now not everything works out but that will come later.

The performances here are great and kinda played a little on the quirky side, especially the two clerks played by Sara Paxton and Pat Healy. Both are excellent here with Sara in particular playing Claire a little off or something, love it. I love quirky women so I was all about her here. Kelly McGillis is great as well here as an actress/psychic who I am glad got a good amount of screen time.

Now I mentioned earlier that this is not a perfect movie and the reason being is that the ending to me felt a little underwhelming for lack of a better word. That wasn't the word I was looking for but it will work. Now I won't ruin it for you because you may disagree with me which I hope you do. But I did like the little "subtle" thing during the last shot, so much so that I didn't really notice it at first. A few people who watched it with me [two] noticed it but I missed it the first time. I am sure most know about it by now but there is something there.

This was a really well done movie and had that old school fell to it. I really enjoyed the commentaries on this disc and the special features. I do recommend this film but know that it is not your typical horror film. But if you stick with the film there are some genuine creepy/scary moments.


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November 11, 2013
I like the secret ghost!
June 05, 2013
yeah, man I enjoyed this one and you are so right about the ending... thanks for the heads up. But I am so far from 'excellent'... :)
More The Innkeepers reviews
review by . December 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****      It would seem that haunted house movies are making a return. Most recently, we got the surprising little horror flick "Insidious" - which dealt with a struggling family that was literally facing demons - and in 2009, there was this delightfully suspenseful and tense film known as "The House of the Devil"; and while it wasn't technically a haunted house film - since the house wasn't technically possessed or haunted by anything (it …
Quick Tip by . June 05, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
This was a really well done movie and had that old school fell to it. I really enjoyed the commentaries on this disc and the special features. I do recommend this film but know that it is not your typical horror film. But if you stick with the film there are some genuine creepy/scary moments.
review by . February 13, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I like independent horror. It is a welcome treat and provides a freshness that Hollywood horror had often ignored. I lucked out when I managed to view Ti West’s latest limited movie release on demand. Admittedly, I wasn’t all that much ecstatic or impressed with director Ti West’s 80‘s baby-sitter horror homage “House of the Devil”. I thought the film was good, but felt a little incomplete. One thing I could not deny was that Ti West had vision and he may well …
review by . February 04, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         I’ve noticed that when a filmmaker has the temerity to develop horror movie characters beyond what would be required of them in slashers, which is usually nothing, the films are deemed slow, uneventful, and completely lacking in thrills and chills. Have we lost our ability to care about what happens to these people, to appreciate the anticipation of a scary moment, to savor suspense as it builds to a screaming climax? Genuine terror has been …
Quick Tip by . January 01, 2012
If you like your horror with an extra dosage of creepiness, Ti West's "The Innkeepers" is a rather ghoulish surprise. Tense, slowly-paced but at times very rewarding, and often times quite scary; this fright flick from the writer-director-editor of "The House of the Devil" (a far superior film, if you ask me) is all you could ask for out of those involved. Benefits from two very strong (and funny) central performances, a goofy sense of humor, and an imperfect but clever script. I liken it to a good …
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The Yankee Pedlar Inn is closing down for good; and but two employees must work in those final few days. In that time, they come face-to-face with the phantoms and ghosts that lie behind the hotel walls; all while two guests - both who seem to know their fair share about the building's grim past - occupy two rooms.
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Horror, Comedy, Kelly Mcgillis, Ti West, Sara Paxton, Pat Healy


Director: Ti West
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Release Date: VOD: 12-30-2011, Limited Theatrical Release: 2-3-2012
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ti West
DVD Release Date: Information not yet released.
Runtime: 101 min.
Studio: Glass Eye Pix, Dark Sky Films
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