Reviewed byjdw5656Vote: 8/10/10
For the over 25 crowd who miss great ghost stories like The Changeling,Poltergiest,The Others, or eerie films like Suspiria and TheFog(Carpenter's original not the horrid remake)- heck I'll even throwInsidious in there, then check out The Innkeepers. It is a bit of aslow burner at times but is consistently spooky, scary, and even duringthe down time has you involved and getting to know the charactersdwelling in this Gothic tale.
Really good work in my opinion. If you are into Saw or Horror Remakesyou can let this one go, but if you like being spooked on a stormynight with your other half sitting along side you gnawing on yourshoulder then this is quite a fun ride! The director of this Ti Westmade House Of The Devil last year which I thought was entertaining ifnot a bit boring throughout. It showed the potential and he nailed itwith The Innkeepers. A ghost story about an old hotel with a fewsecrets and a small yet interesting cast of specters and humancharacters, namely the female lead(Actress Sara Paxton) who whileworking the last weekend before the hotel is closed for good decidesalong with the other employee(Actor Pat Healy) to have a few scaresghost hunting the place. Kelly Mcgillis, yes that one- Maverick's galfrom Top Gun has a great supporting role in this as a once formeractress turned medium.
Anyway, it is just a good flick and will have you thinking about theending for some time after it finishes. Check it out so hopefully morefilms like this are green lit. The Inkeepers surprised me quite a bit..
Reviewed bygodallmightybrownieVote: 8/10/10
I don't usually write reviews but after watching this film and thenlooking at the latest reviews posted on here i felt compelled to givethis a serious review.
If you like Slasher movies where girls who fall down a lot are beingchased by a maniac with a weapon. THIS FILM IS NOT FOR YOU.
If you like Zombie movies with lots of blood and gore. THIS FILM IS NOTFOR YOU.
If you've got the attention span of a goldfish and like to chat to yourmates all the way through a movie. (Guess What).
Right now the rantings out the way.
If you like sitting in a dark cinema/room, late at night with nodistractions and you like ghost stories, then watch this film. Ithought the acting, directing and sound score of this movie all workedreally well and that with ghost stories less is more. The odd noisehere and there, was that a ghost? or wasn't it? The uncertainty ofwhether this is real or not is what a ghost story should be all about,yes it's slow but that builds up the atmosphere, which i thought wasgreat and there's some genuinely jumpy parts in the film. Sat here onmy own in the dark watching this film had me gripped from start tofinish. It's been a long time since i've seen a film this good and irecommend this to anyone who's into ghost stories.
Reviewed bySpikeopathVote: 8/10/10
The Innkeepers is written and directed by Ti West. It stars SaraPaxton, Pat Healy and Kelly McGillis. Music is by Jeff Grace andcinematography by Eliot Rockett. It's the last few business days at thehistorically spooky Yankee Pedlar Inn, and two employees spend theirhours by indulging in some amateur ghost hunting. But as the clockticks down it becomes apparent that the hotel's haunted past isanything but an urban legend.
Following on from his excellent slow burn girl-in-peril horror film,House of the Devil, Ti West determinedly sticks to his principals forThe Innkeepers. This automatically alienates a good portion of thehorror faithful, especially in the younger echelons, for those who needand seek thrill after thrill, a ghost train ride of a horror movie, TheInnkeepers is sure to be a hard slog to get through. But for a certainniche in horrorville, where the adults reside who love a sombre tone,character and story build up and a last quarter pay off, then TheInnkeepers is a little gem of a creeper.
That's not to say that West's movie is flawless, far from it, there isstill dumb decisions made, including a major league one that the film'sterrifying conclusion hinges on, and the Inn itself is not exactly thestuff of haunted building nightmares. That is until we go down to thebasement or up to the deserted third floor....But West has such a goodsense of mood and the good sense to involve us so thoroughly with thetwo protagonists, both excellently portrayed by Paxton and Healy, thatonce things eventually take the turn into the realm of the outrightscary, the little missteps are easily forgiven. West's traditionalvalues to be applauded, not frowned upon. Bonus, too, is McGillis in adecidedly off kilter performance as an ex-actress-come psychic healerwho likes a drink and has a significant role to play in proceedings.
The haunted house spooker is making something of a come back lately,and it's great to see directors prepared to get their movies out thereand offer up an alternative to the over populated slice and diceformula. Ti West is showing himself to be a friend to the grown-upchill seeker, long may he continue in this vein. 8/10
During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.