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The Innkeepers (2012)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: 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: 3/5
User Ratings: 92,243


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for some bloody images and language)
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Apr 24, 2012
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Innkeepers

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.

Full Review… | June 6, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

West freshens up the horror genre with a distinctive, careful camera style and an ability to write with empathy and humor.

Full Review… | February 6, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

The Innkeepers makes such youthful passivity seem nearly as treacherous as opening the cellar door.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

What finally sells The Innkeepers is the fact that the payoff really pays off.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review… | December 5, 2012
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.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Laramie Movie Scope

Entertaining creepy B horror pic.

Full Review… | November 21, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2012

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

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

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.

Full Review… | July 15, 2012
Knight at the Movies

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

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2012

A gruelling trial of audience patience.

Full Review… | June 11, 2012
SFX Magazine

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

Full Review… | June 10, 2012
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.

Full Review… | June 8, 2012
Daily Telegraph

It has some charm but is quite underwhelming.

Full Review… | June 8, 2012
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.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012

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.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
Birmingham Post

Unmissable and one of the best films of the year.

Full Review… | June 6, 2012

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.

Full Review… | June 6, 2012
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for The Innkeepers


After seeing high reviews and many horror fans praise this movie, I must say I was pretty disappointed. I loved Ti West's House of the Devil, but this isn't remotely on the same level as that. They both are throwbacks to before horror movies were more about gore and jump scares, but the difference is that The Innkeepers doesn't have likable characters and is much more of a slow burner than House of the Devil. I was so bored for the first hour that I was just hoping something interesting would happen. There's three chapters and an epilogue, with each chapter being about 30 minutes. It wasn't until chapter three that I was interested at all. Add in the fact that it isn't scary at all and you have a well made, but flat film that didn't resonate with me. Others will love its old school vibes, but I would rather recommend them House of the Devil than this.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


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.

Greg S

Super Reviewer



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.

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.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

The Innkeepers Quotes

Lets go to the basement, and find out what that fucking ghosts problem is.
– Submitted by Ricky B (17 months ago)
I'm not negative, I am a realist.
– Submitted by Candy H (2 years ago)
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)
You want another beer?
– Submitted by Justin F (2 years ago)
Do you think she's prettier than me?
– Submitted by Tina B (2 years ago)
Did you hear that?
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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