The Innkeepers

2012

The Innkeepers

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.

80%

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Total Count: 120

42%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 93,050
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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 alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel's long unexplained history. -- (C) Magnet Releasing

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All Critics (120) | Top Critics (37)

  • 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.

    Jun 7, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Hardcore horror heads may scorn its snail pace and shaggy-dog sweetness, but for discerning viewers, 'The Innkeepers' is a slow-burning charmer.

    Jun 6, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 10, 2012 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Fans of the horror genre can expect to get all nostalgic about the 1970s feel to the action, which most certainly includes people going down the basement, all alone, in the dark, and that sort of thing.

    Feb 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

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

    Feb 6, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The Innkeepers makes such youthful passivity seem nearly as treacherous as opening the cellar door.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Innkeepers

  • Dec 01, 2014
    It's nice to see a horror film that isn't all about gore and shock tactics but this film didn't quite work for me. Perhaps it was the use of too much humour in the first half of the film that didn't sit well with the scares in the 2nd. Paxton is good but a little too kooky in the film and her relationship with Healy works well but you never really get why she doesn't just leave when things get too weird and the ending, although scary, is never really explained. A nice attempt but not worth revisiting.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2014
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2013
    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
  • Apr 22, 2013
    In "The Innkeepers," the Yankee Pedlar Inn is closing its doors for good in a few days. Its desk clerks, Claire(Sara Paxton, who is possibley a genetically engineered clone of Alexis Bledel) and Luke(Pat Healy), are camping out in the hotel for the weekend, what with the boss being in Barbados and all. They are hoping to get one last good look at the resident ghost. Instead, Claire gets to meet Leanne Rease-Jones(Kelly McGillis), one time sitcom star, who she nearly squees herself into an orgasm over. Now, this is the kind of nostalgia that I can usually get into, especially as it involves old hotels, not part of a corporate chain, but each with their own distinctive charm and history. But atmosphere, cheap thrills and a sense of dread on their own can only get you so far. And unlike his previous film, the finely tuned "The House of the Devil," Ti West with "The Innkeepers" displays a distressing lack of decisiveness, feinting along any number of possible storylines before just bringing the movie to an unsatisfying close.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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