Rent The Innkeepers (2011)

2.8 of 5 from 104 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Derek Curl, Larry Fessenden, Peter Phok, Ti West
Writers:
Ti West
Studio:
Metrodome
Genres:
Horror
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/06/2012
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Behind The Scenes Featurette
  • Commentary with Writer-Director-Editor Ti West, Producers Larry Fessenden and Peter Phok, and Sound Designer Graham Reznick
  • Commentary with Writer-Director-Editor Ti West and stars Sara Paxton and Pat Healy
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/06/2012
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English DTS 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Commentary with Writer-Director-Editor Ti West, Producers Larry Fessenden and Eter Phok, and Sound Designer Graham Reznick
  • Commentary with Writer-Director-Editor Ti West and Stars Sara Paxton and Pat Healy

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Reviews (2) of The Innkeepers

A great escape from Teen Slasher Flicks - The Innkeepers review by DG

Spoiler Alert
18/07/2014

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.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Spoilers follow ... - The Innkeepers review by NP

Spoiler Alert
16/09/2017

‘Going out of business,’ proclaims the notice on the door as Claire (Sara Paxton) begins her shift. Inside, the other employee of the Yankee Pedlar Inn is Luke (Pat Healy). To fill in their final days in the spacious building, they are determined to see if there is any truth in the rumour that the place is haunted and spend much of their time scanning the internet, as well as observing the security cameras looking for (and usually missing) any suspiciously haunting clues.

Claire is a plucky, funny, asthmatic girl. Needless to say, she’s a million miles away from, and far more likeable than, the painted models that often strut their way through horror films. Equally, Luke is arch, cranky and in his own way, equally likeable. He’s real, and not the slick, slack-jawed beefcake champion of blandness that barely fills a vest on the set of more gratuitous, less compelling chillers.

Events drag on far too slowly, I’m sure, for some viewers until we are reasonably convinced we’re not going to see anything frightening (we are wrong, of course). On one occasion, Claire reacts to something standing behind Luke that we never even see.

We meet two other guests: former actress and spiritually sensitive Leanne (Kelly McGuilliss), and the unnamed Old Man (George Riddle). While the fate of the latter is excellently handled and very shocking, the other glimpses of gore are actually fairly perfunctory, but what makes them effective is the build-up, and the apprehension we are fully acquainted with already. Director (and writer and co-producer) Ti Westhandles his tiny cast and low-budget with expert precision, especially when it comes to the characters.

When horrible things begin to happen to Claire, we are so attached to her at this point that we don’t just care about her, we’re appalled when what happens … happens! Recommended for fans of slow-burners.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Innkeepers review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

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.

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