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The Innkeepers (2012)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 88 | Rotten: 24

It doesn't break any rules of the genre, but The Innkeepers serves as additional proof that Ti West is a young director that discriminating horror fans can trust.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 9

It doesn't break any rules of the genre, but The Innkeepers serves as additional proof that Ti West is a young director that discriminating horror fans can trust.



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From director Ti West comes The Innkeepers. Set in the venerable Yankee Pedlar Inn, which is about to shut its doors for good after over a century of service. Believed by many to be one of New England's "most haunted hotels," the last remaining employees -Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy)- are determined to uncover proof before it shuts down for good. As the Inn's final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage "ghost hunters" begin to experience strange and


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Apr 24, 2012


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All Critics (113) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (88) | Rotten (24) | DVD (5)

Hardcore horror heads may scorn its snail pace and shaggy-dog sweetness, but for discerning viewers, 'The Innkeepers' is a slow-burning charmer.

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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We can't dissociate ourselves from the evil because, as in much of the best horror, what's scaring us isn't external; it's everything we fear seeing when we look in the mirror.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (3)
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West freshens up the horror genre with a distinctive, careful camera style and an ability to write with empathy and humor.

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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The Innkeepers makes such youthful passivity seem nearly as treacherous as opening the cellar door.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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This film has some of the usual scary cues and tense moments, but the setting, the old Yankee Pedlar inn, emerges as a more interesting character than any of the people.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The place offers West plenty of odd, creaky spaces to inspect as the innkeepers' project of capturing ghostly events on video (a joking reference to the Paranormal Activity franchise) begins to bear fruit.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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What finally sells The Innkeepers is the fact that the payoff really pays off.

August 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A suspenseful and well-crafted old-fashioned ghost story.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Sometimes all it takes to make a decent little horror film is some good atmosphere and realistic characters.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Just enough depth of character and place that it's smarter than your average paranormal flick.

December 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The acting is pretty good, and the characters are interesting, but the screenplay lacks the imagination it takes to elevate this story above the ordinary, predictable level of a common ghost story. It doesn't help this was also done on the cheap.

November 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Entertaining creepy B horror pic.

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

When it delivers in horror and scares, it really excels with some shocking special effects and plays on sound effects...

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Sometimes all it takes to make a decent little horror film is some good atmosphere and realistic characters.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source:

'A perfectly creepy scarefest with standout performances across the board.'

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

Diverting and certainly worthy of examination; given all these pluses, I'd like to have seen more of West's compelling backstory threaded into his narrative.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

An enjoyable chiller that isn't afraid to show less.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

The pleasures here are small, but sure to be resonant for horror film fans.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source:

A gruelling trial of audience patience.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Comments (2)
SFX Magazine

The film is scary enough to keep you alert in the cinema, but unlikely to give you a sleepless night.

June 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

West continues to tread a delightful path between winking dread and the real kind, but his pacing's off in the build-up, partly because of the many, many opportunities Paxton has to flee out the front door.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It has some charm but is quite underwhelming.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The movie never entirely flatlines, and there are some funny touches, but it annoyingly fails to do anything with the kooky situation it elaborately establishes, and there are no real shocks or laughs.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comment (1)

Naturally, if you don't like the sight of blood on screen stay well clear, but, for the most part, this is an atmospheric, ghost-hunting piece with a greater emphasis on old fashioned chills.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Unmissable and one of the best films of the year.

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

West knows how to shoot an empty room and make it unnerving and has fun with characters hearing sounds through recording devices that aren't evident to the naked ear.

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
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Audience Reviews for The Innkeepers

A pair of hotel clerks decide to investigate the legend of a ghost said to haunt their hotel in the last days before it's closed; they'll wish they hadn't. Old-fashioned ghost story that's well-made but too slow paced and low key for most horror fans.
April 24, 2013
Greg S

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Ti West once again proves that he understands the mechanics of constructing horror from building up an eerie atmosphere to crafting an interesting character out of the "screamer girl" straight after some previously impressive films. He really is a great director, but unfortunately all The Innkeepers does is demonstrate that very fact. In this he intelligently crafts some good scares out of the simple use of camera movement and on a technical level he suceeds in building tension but what it all adds up to is a database of every horror cliche in the book that just happens to look polished and well thought out. As a result of this you can see the ending from about a mile away so i'd be lying if I didn't say I found myself bored waiting for the finale. I would have been fine with it if it didn't make one fatal mistake. Essentially it was one of those scenes in a haunted house horror where a character doesn't decide to leave endangerment and makes one of the most common sense lacking decisions possible. It was a genuine shame, the film started out so well, there were a few scenes that convinced me it was a horror comedy, it managed to be scary and funny simultaneously and that's something very difficult to pull off. That was very entertaining while it lasted though in the end I felt dissapointed simply because it's a film that does everything it can to engross you in the atmosphere but then makes one false move and lets go.
November 20, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

The Innkeepers is a film all too upbeat to call a horror movie, dare I say all too tedious to call entertainment. I shouldn't have to research whether or not this is a horror-comedy, and I won't. In the case that the film was intended as a horror-comedy, everything about it failed miserably, as the quirky jokes evoke no more than nervous laughter. As a pure horror, however, it's just as much a failure, with a far more blatant appreciation for the "awkward moment" than, say, When Harry Met Sally. At first, the employment of loud noises is mildly amusing as a method of making an audience jump as well as diffusing the prior horror, but the overuse of the method grows predictable and obnoxious rather rapidly.
November 1, 2012

Super Reviewer

Not what I would call 'great horror' but this one is off-kilter enough to keep you entertained. The charm here is that The Innkeepers never takes itself too seriously, which is good considering no one else will either.
October 21, 2012
Randy Tippy

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    1. Claire: Lets go to the basement, and find out what that fucking ghosts problem is.
    – Submitted by Ricky B (16 months ago)
    1. Luke: I'm not negative, I am a realist.
    – Submitted by Candy H (23 months ago)
    1. Luke: Pessimism is just a higher form of optimism. If you expect nothing from people then you go through life being pleasantly surprised.
    – Submitted by Trent W (2 years ago)
    1. Luke: You want another beer?
    2. Claire: Yeah.
    – Submitted by Justin F (2 years ago)
    1. Claire: Do you think she's prettier than me?
    – Submitted by Tina B (2 years ago)
    1. Claire: Did you hear that?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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