THE INNKEEPERS SCARY HORROR FAILS TO IMPRESS
We were expecting good things from The Innkeepers which is just released on DVD and Blu-Ray but it genuinely offers up few surprises, although to be fair taking on a classic horror theme (here a lonely run-down possibly haunted inn) is always setting yourself up for a fall. The Movie Man has a nice run down of just why it does’t live up to expectations.
The ghost story is the latest film from talented director Ti West. West is the man behind the 2009 movie “House of the Devil,” which was a personal favorite of mine. I loved its recreation of the 1980s, its slowly building sense of dread and its no-holds-barred, horrifying conclusion. I was hoping for more of the same with “The Innkeepers.” Instead, I got a glacial-paced buildup followed by virtually no payoff.
The premise has promise: During the last nights before Connecticut’s Yankee Pedlar Inn closes for good, two employees (Sara Paxton as Claire and Pat Healy as Luke) plan to do a little ghost-hunting. They fire up their sensors and recorders and explore the dark hallways of the inn, taking breaks to interact awkwardly with the hotel’s remaining guests — a single mother and her son, a strange old man and a former actress turned psychic (played by Kelly McGillis of “Top Gun” and “Witness” fame.)
The movie is directed by Ti West and stars Sara Paxton, Pat Healy and Kelly McGillis.