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Plot: During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay. Runtime: 100 Minute Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
There are a lot of people complaining that it's a slow burner and yes it is. That's the whole point. The story builds upon the characters directly involved and also the person who was murdered in the hotel.It could of perhaps started a little earlier with the creepy stuff, but if done too soon, it would have ruined the film.If you're a fan of lots of blood and guts with an axe wielding maniac killing 50 people throughout the film, this probably isn't for you.Some of the scariest parts of this film is when you don't actually see anything. This film is about build-up, <more>
tension and suspense, which it does to perfection.
I'm a fan of horror films. I've been watching them for over thirty years. I read about this film in an article about the director Ty West. Having seen one of his previous films The House of the Devil which I liked I decided to Google this one. I read the description and the above review which is the reason I'm writing this review. It's a good thing I decided to ignore the other review because this is one of the best horror films I've seen in years. I'm only the second person to review this film as of yet on this site . So read the first review and my feelings about <more>
it are the total opposite of the last reviewer. There are no serial killers or inbred cannibals or 30 something high school kids. If that's what you're into then look elsewhere. If you like well made,original and CREEPY films then look no further. Every scene had really cool camera angles. The set and mood were perfect as was the music. I loved the main characters and there was NOTHING cliché about them. I'm not going to spoil anything-watch it fresh. It's definitely worth your time if you are a true fan of the genre as I am. Watch it with the lights off!
Great film for people with intelligence and imagination. (by prima-materia)
I never write reviews but I just want to defend this movie from all the bad reviews. This film is like a work of art, I would like to compare it to a musical symphony, with a perfect crescendo in the end. This is a movie that gets it's grandieur from the viewer that can manage to appreciate it, and what is so great about this movie is that it gives the viewer a chance to be scared. Most horror movies just put's the terror in your face and never leaves room for interpretation or imagination. Someone said this was more a comedy than a horror movie. That is simply a false statement, <more>
where the viewer must have put down a strong bias towards comedy in his or her interpretation of the movie. The only moments that could be interpreted as "funny" are totally logic situations that could occur in the context that the film is set in. If you liked house of the devil you will likely enjoy this as well. I think that The Innkeepers is a better effort that House of The Devil, why I will not say cause of spoiler alert.If you are intelligent, and have imagination, this film can be tremendously scary. If you don't have those traits you will probably give this film a bat rating and a bad review.
A very good horror film for a generation that grew with the finest the genre ever had to offer (by xnx-1)
As an avid horror fan I spend most of my time looking for new films that can actually be considered horror, since most people seem to believe nowadays that good horror means jump scenes and in your face scares. I've noticed by reading comments that there's a reason for the demise of the genre, which once was so fruitful: the younger the audience, the more impatient they are about the part of a horror film that actually makes it good cinema, the storytelling. Films such as The Exorcist, The Shining, Poltergeist and Rosemary's Baby to name a few of my all time horror favorites are <more>
timeless classics not because they focus on making you jump, but on having good characters, good mood and ambiance... and all of that takes time to build and patience from the audience, a scarce good in our times, so it seems. Much like Ti West's other great film, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers takes its time being a FILM before going into the HORROR part of it... it has pretty good character development, sets an eerie and believable mood and, most of all, has great pacing. It does not take shortcuts to make young audiences shrill, it has no big jump scenes thank God!!! , it has no unnecessary gore, it isn't fortuitously graphic and, above all, it has no useless explanations. Whenever I see people complaining about things such as idle dialogues and slow character build up I understand why in our day and age there are almost no good horror films anymore, the internet/social media generation has no patience, they seem not to understand that horror films are, first of all, FILMS, and as such some of the same rules that apply to films like, say, Ben Hur, also should apply to horror ones. The Exorcist is, to me, the perfect example of an almost flawless horror masterpiece, with PERFECT pacing, PERFECT character build up and TERRIFIC mood setting and all of those three very important pillars of filmmaking can't be rushed... I'd much rather see a film such as The Innkeepers, which takes its time to deliver a significant punch and makes you care whether someone actually dies in the film than others like Scream, which begins with cheap thrills and deaths and carry that way all along never caring about the story, the characters or anything that might vaguely resembles a good film. My point is, if you are a kid looking for a Z-Generation film, give this one a skip, but if you are looking for a proper horror film, that can actually be accounted as good cinema, not only loud scares, try The Innkeepers and if you haven't already The House of the Devil... Ti West has shown himself to be one of the few new directors that really understand what HORROR is all about.
The Innkeepers is not a film for people that can't pay attention. I've heard it described as initially not very gripping, but there is a lot about this movie that's easy to miss.The plot is rather straight-forward, two employees spend a weekend in a haunted hotel, but this character driven piece features two of the most realistic people I've seen committed to film. It slowly ratchets up the tension to a nearly unbearable ending.The strongest thing about the Innkeepers is that it understands film, and it knows that you are familiar with various horror film tropes. It <more>
doesn't give you what you expect to see when you expect to see it, and scenes never turn out the way you think they will. This film keeps you off balance until the end.Also, Sara Paxton is great as the lead, but Pat Healy's character actually is the centerpiece of the film and he has a fuller character arc which can be easily missed.This is the best genre film since Trick R Treat.
Cross between Ghost Hunters and Shining (by scottmannen1)
A 200 year old hotel with a bad 70s renovation in a modern day environment. Throw in two ghost hunting nerds, one alcoholic psychic and a suicidal groom and you have The Innkeepers! Great Movie. This isn't designed for slasher fans. This movie is more about charm, and a gradually increasing sense of paranormal hysteria that encompasses both the viewer and the protagonists....until the point where both feel they are in way over their heads. The film is slow to grind into the paranormal scares; however, the building dread and the sense of foreboding is what did it for me! Overall a <more>
fantastic film! Watch this if you are a paranormal fan, and also a ghost film-lover!Enjoy!
I don't usually write reviews but after watching this film and then looking at the latest reviews posted on here i felt compelled to give this a serious review.If you like Slasher movies where girls who fall down a lot are being chased by a maniac with a weapon. THIS FILM IS NOT FOR YOU.If you like Zombie movies with lots of blood and gore. THIS FILM IS NOT FOR YOU.If you've got the attention span of a goldfish and like to chat to your mates all the way through a movie. Guess What .Right now the rantings out the way.If you like sitting in a dark cinema/room, late at night with no <more>
distractions and you like ghost stories, then watch this film. I thought the acting, directing and sound score of this movie all worked really well and that with ghost stories less is more. The odd noise here and there, was that a ghost? or wasn't it? The uncertainty of whether this is real or not is what a ghost story should be all about, yes it's slow but that builds up the atmosphere, which i thought was great and there's some genuinely jumpy parts in the film. Sat here on my own in the dark watching this film had me gripped from start to finish. It's been a long time since i've seen a film this good and i recommend this to anyone who's into ghost stories.
A throwback of a ghost story and a good one.. (by jdw5656)
For the over 25 crowd who miss great ghost stories like The Changeling, Poltergiest,The Others, or eerie films like Suspiria and The Fog Carpenter's original not the horrid remake - heck I'll even throw Insidious in there, then check out The Innkeepers. It is a bit of a slow burner at times but is consistently spooky, scary, and even during the down time has you involved and getting to know the characters dwelling in this Gothic tale.Really good work in my opinion. If you are into Saw or Horror Remakes you can let this one go, but if you like being spooked on a stormy night with your <more>
other half sitting along side you gnawing on your shoulder then this is quite a fun ride! The director of this Ti West made House Of The Devil last year which I thought was entertaining if not a bit boring throughout. It showed the potential and he nailed it with The Innkeepers. A ghost story about an old hotel with a few secrets and a small yet interesting cast of specters and human characters, namely the female lead Actress Sara Paxton who while working the last weekend before the hotel is closed for good decides along with the other employee Actor Pat Healy to have a few scares ghost hunting the place. Kelly Mcgillis, yes that one- Maverick's gal from Top Gun has a great supporting role in this as a once former actress turned medium.Anyway, it is just a good flick and will have you thinking about the ending for some time after it finishes. Check it out so hopefully more films like this are green lit. The Inkeepers surprised me quite a bit..
A Simultaneously Old-Fashioned and Tongue-in-Cheek Deconstruction (by Simon_Says_Movies)
Welcome to the Yankee Pedlar Inn, current residency: five. Living, that is. Tasked with minding the 100-year-old establishment the weekend prior to it shutting its doors for good, employees Claire Sara Paxton and Luke Pat Healy find that besides the lone, mysterious woman Kelly McGillis and mother/son duo that populate the creaky old domicile, something more sinister lurks.From 31-year-old director Ti West, who in 2010 directed the wonderfully retro The House of the Devil, comes The Innkeepers, a simultaneously old-fashioned and unabashedly so and tongue-in-cheek deconstruction of <more>
overused genre clichés such as "the boo moment." But that isn't to say The Innkeepers doesn't embrace these staples with equal affection, and eventually utilizes them wonderfully and with ample flair as things escalate toward the chilling final act.What initially distinguishes this supernatural thriller from others of its kind is that the first third of the film offers barely a hint that this is a horror movie. Sure, nobody would be mistaken that this wasn't a fright flick, but the debut act is more concerned with the character development of Claire and Luke and showing the simply the mundane nature of running a practically excuse the wording dead business. These scenes are punctuated with silver-tongued dialogue that would make Sorkin or Tarantino smile. Not to say that West's script is on the same level, but it is certainly akin to that style and speed of exchange.This is essentially a three-man show though to be more accurate a two- woman and one-man show led by the wonderful Paxton. She exudes a down-to-earth sexiness and plays Claire as a bit of an oddball but with a magnetic spark, a performance that couldn't have been more different than her work in last fall's Shark Night 3D. This proves she is a legitimate talent to watch and can hold her own when she is only required to emote through silence. Healy is also great as Luke, who is even more of a nerdy outcast than his co-worker. He passes his time on the graveyard shift by watching porn and working on his paranormal-themed website. He has a great, easy chemistry with Paxton throughout. The last remaining piece of the character trifecta comes from McGillis' Leanne, a former television star who has since turned to the profession of medium. She goes great work as more complex "Crazy Ralph" character though her inclusion at all lacks any real necessity, only to point out the ominous.The Innkeepers has clever, underlying elements from the "are they crazy or not?" horror movie structure, and though there is never a doubt of certain characters' sanity, questions are certainly posed as to the truths behind what transpired. West's flick also has a clever foil to the normally dopey and often infuriating cliché of what I shall now refer to as the "door paradox": when stuff goes poltergeist-style crazy, use it! You see these characters unwillingly provoke the dark history of the inn, determined to capture some proof of paranormal infestation before it closes for good. The bumps in the night only spur them further especially Claire right into the finale, which finds her way over her pretty blond head.A lack of gore and a very deliberate pace may dissuade those accustomed to the quick-cut, bloody flashiness of mainstream offerings, but this movie again proves ample talent exists in indie circles. Overall very humorous as its pokes and prods at the genre, there is a sense of solemn irony as the credits role. It is not a depressing finale, nor is it a disturbing one; I would simply peg it as especially fitting. A great score and a definite '70s vibe far from as intentionally apparent as it was in The House of the Devil, which was in fact set in the 1970s allows The Innkeepers to rise above recent horror offerings. At the very least, this is a passionate and noteworthy salute to the origins of the modern-day horror flick.