The Innkeepers (2011) Review

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The Innkeepers (2011) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on October 25th, 2020 | Movie Review | Slow Burn, Supernatural, Haunted House

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It's about the final days of a historic hotel and a couple of front desk clerks desperate to see some paranormal action before it shuts down forever.

The Innkeepers was directed by Ti West (who also directed The Sacrament and The ABCs Of Death) and stars Sara Paxton (from Static and Shark Night 3D), Pat Healy (from Run and Carnage Park) and Kelly Mcgillis (from We Are What We Are and Stake Land).

Some guests never checked out.

The Innkeepers Review

It's the final days in business for the historic, dilapidated, Yankee Peddlar Inn and front desk clerks Claire and Luke are pulling double shifts until the doors shut. The Yankee Peddlar is said to be haunted by the ghost of Madeline O'Malley, a woman who hung herself in her hotel room ages ago. And it's no coincidence that Claire and Luke, both amateur paranormal investigators, work here. They've been desperate to catch some kind of proof of Madeline's existence for years and these last days are their last shot.

The Innkeepers is such a fun quirky little horror. For most of the runtime it doesn't even really feel like a horror movie. It's more like a lighthearted thriller, like something you'd find on network TV. But that's not a bad thing, the story is interesting and both Claire and Luke share some hilarious banter. They're just so natural with one another, they keep the movie interesting even when they're coming up dry on the paranormal front. 

The movie is split into 3 chapters: The Long Weekend, Madeline O'Malley and A Final Guest. The first sets up the story, the second sets up the scares and the third rips your face off.

I normally don't like horror movies that are slow to get started but this one gets a pass. It's never boring, the pacing is solid and when it gets real, it really gets real. It reminds me of The Exorcist 3 in this way. It's also like The Exorcist 3 in that it has an epic jump scare that you won't see coming even when you expect it.

The Innkeepers is a cool ghost story that owes much of its impact to its slow buildup. It's definitely not the tame thriller it works hard to make you think it is. It's a legit horror that's part of my permanent collection.

Worth Watching?

I think so, I love The Innkeepers. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, slow start and all, but I personally found the payoff to be worth the wait.

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