If THE SHINING had been made as a low-budget indie slacker movie, well, it would probably have looked something like this. Not gory, ironic, extreme, ground-breaking or particularly commercial, THE INNKEEPERS is an understated little film about a couple of under-achievers idly whiling away the final weekend of business in the real-life "haunted" Yankee Pedlar Inn. They half-heartedly (and for one of them, insincerely) investigate the supernatural reputation of the place as little more than a way to pass the time, in between bouts of grudging customer service.
Some people have commented that nothing much happens, but I guess that depends on what you want or expect. Of course, things are actually happening all the time, even if it's just a bit of slapstick about a bin-bag or some cynical banter. At least the characters aren't just cardboard cut-outs exchanging a few quick words before getting down to the business of being killed.
In fairness, it's a film that shouldn't really be classified as horror, as it doesn't fit with most of the other stuff under that banner. Instead, Ti West has made another cool, old-fashioned, quietly intelligent piece of storytelling that reminds us how overblown and ridiculous almost everything else is, and just how desensitized & impatient we've become. The misleading DVD cover doesn't help. The original poster was so much better.