The Innkeepers (2012)
Critic 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.
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 alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel's long unexplained history. -- (C) Magnet Releasing … More
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Critic Reviews for The Innkeepers
Hardcore horror heads may scorn its snail pace and shaggy-dog sweetness, but for discerning viewers, 'The Innkeepers' is a slow-burning charmer.
The indie king of the slow-burn horror flick is back, and this time Ti West is bringing along an unexpected dose of wit, warmth, and weirdly effective character-based comedy.
What finally sells The Innkeepers is the fact that the payoff really pays off.
Sometimes all it takes to make a decent little horror film is some good atmosphere and realistic characters.
Audience Reviews for The Innkeepers
Another display of talent from Ti West, who better than many understands that more efficient than the scares is the tension that comes from the waiting and from what we don't see; he's just not so skillful though in providing a payoff worthy of all the buildup.
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.
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.
The Innkeepers Quotes
|Claire:||Lets go to the basement, and find out what that fucking ghosts problem is.|
|Luke:||I'm not negative, I am a realist.|
|Luke:||Pessimism is just a higher form of optimism. If you expect nothing from people then you go through life being pleasantly surprised.|
|Luke:||You want another beer?|
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