After over one hundred years of service, "The Yankee Pedlar Inn" is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees, Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels. 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. Some guests never check out.
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- The Innkeepers review by DG
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I really enjoyed this movie, or more to the point I was creeped out after watching it. The premise feels a bit like the Shining, A hotel is closing so guests are at a minimum, in fact there are only 4 in total. There are 2 staff played expertly by Sara Paxton (As Claire) and Pat Healy (Luke). They take it in turns to sit on the front desk of the hotel to welcome the threadbare guests that do arrive. The real joy of this movie is the not knowing, its all about what you don't see vs what you do that makes this film stand out from the pack. Sara Paxton is ace as she discovers more and more about the Hotel and is gradually drawn into its darker side. Her performance from happy go lucky to very scared should be acknowledged.
If you prefer your movies creepy rather than blood and guts then this could be for you............just don't watch it alone.
As the rather ominous name suggests the Innkeepers is a horror movie about a haunted hotel. There is, as you can imagine, very little else you need to know.
Despite its premise however the Innkeepers manages to be a surprisingly interesting movie, with a number of well written and well acted characters at its heart. Both Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are rather nice and believable characters whose relationship develops slowly over the movie’s 101 minute run time to create a surprisingly real connection, the ghostly storyline would have done better to be skipped over altogether.
While this central relationship is by far the most engaging aspect of this movie, it is impossible to review it without mentioning the ghosts that lurk around in the hotel’s shadowy corridors; Unlike most ghost movies you have seen before, The Innkeepers, thanks largely to director Ti West’s (The House of the Devil 2009) use of the set and architecture, creates a far creepier and more patient fear that builds to a crescendo of tension.
The movie’s patience however is also possibly its biggest obstacle for many viewers, particularly when Claire whips out her video camera and you get the sudden sinking feeling that this is going to descend into another first person camera horror debacle that is little more than fast cuts and blood shed. The Innkeepers is a treat for those interested in the more European horrors, which have a taste for ghosts and a lengthy attention span.