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The Innkeepers 2011

After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees - Claire and Luke - are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels.

Starring:
Sara Paxton, Pat Healy
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Ti West
Starring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy
Supporting actors Alison Bartlett, Jake Ryan, Kelly McGillis, Lena Dunham, Brenda Cooney, George Riddle, John Speredakos, Sean Reid, Kurt Venghaus, Thomas Mahoney, Michael Martin, Michael P. Castelli
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The Innkeepers' cover artwork is a little misleading (I haven't seen the trailer, so I can't comment on that). It shows a blooded hand ringing a bell, implying that this will be some sort of gore-fest. It isn't. It is however one of the slowest moving horror films ever. I use the term `horror' over supernatural because on the 2-3 parts of the film where it actually gets scary, the scenes would probably fit more with other, more mainstream popcorn horror films.

It's about two workers at an inn which is due to close in the next few days. The inn is supposedly haunted and they decide to try and prove the stories true before the building is finally shut for good.

Most of the film is character-building. The two youngsters play their parts well. They're endearing and easily-related to. The story progresses and the tension slowly mounts. Slowly. This is where the film could fall down for some. I've checked other reviews and it seems that people either love or hate the film. Some see it as not that much of a horror - more a slow-burning suspenseful ghost story, putting characters over gore. Others simply find it too slow to be scary and/or exciting.

I fall somewhere between the two. The characters and the way the actors portray them deserves credit and there is certainly an air of tension created. However, I would have liked a few more scares and a little more action somewhere along the way.

This film will find an audience, but whether you'll enjoy it will depend on how `fast-paced' you like your movies.
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The Innkeepers delivers perfectly on a human level. Whether Paxton and Healy are talking about the terrible customers and unbeknownst to them, the creepy harbingers of doom who occupy the second and third act, it all builds up to a crescendo. All these convergent threads make the innkeepers the antithesis to poorly scripted genre films the world over. The only saggy scene is when Claire (Paxton) goes out of the hotel and down the road to the coffee shop where Lena `everyone's least favourite mumblecore patron' Dunham works.

The mixed reception expresses this point perfectly; this is not a film for everyone. The Innkeepers is hard to digest, slow and lacking in the explicit allures of the genre. However at the same time, West is calling back to the period of classic cinema when horror wasn't just about the visceral immediate reaction, it was about something that lingered in the memory long after the closing credits. It was about people.

Ti West's Innkeepers is the antidote to the modern horror film to the point where I wouldn't really call it a horror film. Like all the best genre films, it's not the jumps or the scares that make these pictures stand the test of time. On the contrary it's the drama, the characters and the development and thanks to a witty script of brilliant tension, interaction and tragedy together with the fantastic low-key performances from Sara Paxton and Pat Healy. The Innkeepers is the antithesis to poorly scripted genre films the world over.
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The Innkeepers focuses on characters first which, actually, is weird, because its supposed to be about the real inn which has reportedly spooked many people, including the film's director as he stayed there while filming his previous film. Maybe the point was to focus on regular people experiencing the phenomena.

Well there is great characterisation, and... it manages some atmosphere, although not that much. The character interaction comes across as natural. There's humorous moments, but it comes across quite naturally.

It needs to be stated that this movie is an emotionally mature horror film. The trailer presented it as being like the average big budget horror, which are presumably aimed at teenagers. The material in The Innkeepers would be better suited to an older audience. It relies on feeling the horror, empathy with the characters and such, not startling people with sudden loud noises.

On another note, I may update this review on later viewings. Things like anxiety issues, a skipping disc (thank the Lord its working now though) have stopped me watching the movie entirely, while the Frightfest screening was over a year ago.
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An interesting attempt for an old fashioned ghost story. Slow in delivery and fairly well acted although I think more could have been made of a great location. Clearly a film on a budget it relies on the imagination of the viewer to realise certain aspects of the storyline but all in all, not a bad watch at a budget price.
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I knew that 'The Innkeepers' had received very mixed reviews, but I decided to bite the bullet at give it a go, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The budget restraints are there, but that doesn't matter. Based in an apparently haunted-in-the-past Inn, two of it's employees begin to carry out some amateur ghost hunting. Meanwhile, there are some mysterious characters booking into the Inn, which is soon to be closing it's doors for good.

This one runs at a very slow, but completely satisfying pace, allowing for plenty of character development between the two leads (Sara Paxton and Pat Healy), who have a rather charming friendship despite their difference in age.

If your looking for a film with lots of guts and gore, I'd stay clear from this one. However, if you want an intriguing, slow burning story with some excellent, completely realistic characters, and a good deal of humour throughout, you should check into 'The Innkeepers'. It's isn't as scary as the DVD art would led you to believe, but it held my interest from being to end, with a satisfying ending to wrap things up.
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