“The Innkeepers” (2011)
Written By Ti West
Directed By Ti West
Staring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis
The Innkeepers was a pretty OK movie. If you’re looking for something to really scare you or for an action packed gore-fest, however, this is not a movie for you. The movie is filled with a lot of mysterious tension, but includes very few and far between scares. Sara Paxton (“The Last House on the Left” 2009) was pretty good in the starring role and Pat Healy was great in his role as her quirky co-worker.
The movie is based around these two hotel innkeepers who are on the job at the Yankee Peddler Inn alone and living at the hotel in the last days of business. They seem to believe that there is a bit of paranormal activity occurring and decide to document the ghostly occurrences via audio/video recording.
The Innkeepers definitely had a creepy feeling and overtone throughout, and at the same time had a quirky, lighthearted feel as well. There was great chemistry between the two main characters, which kind of had a more modern but far less vulgar “Clerks” feel to it. I certainly wouldn’t refer to this as a horror/comedy movie, but it had that sort of clever feel to it.
Over all, I have to say that although I honestly did enjoy this movie and that it did hold my attention from beginning to end, I do wish that there was more “scare” to it. There was an awful lot of build up to what was not an awful lot of pay off. I mean, the scares are why we watch these movies in the first place, right? I’d say give this one a shot and you will likely not be disappointed. It was a good movie.
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