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.
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as Leanne Rease-Jones
as Old Man
as Gayle, the Angry Mom
as Young Boy
as Madeline O'Malley
as Officer Mitchell
as Gayle the Angry Mom
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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.
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.
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.
West freshens up the horror genre with a distinctive, careful camera style and an ability to write with empathy and humor.
The Innkeepers makes such youthful passivity seem nearly as treacherous as opening the cellar door.
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.
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