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The Innkeepers

  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Ti West
  • 101 mins
  • 15

Summary

Two hotel employees are left to run the business alone in the last few days before closure, but they have other things on their mind. The building has a reputation for being haunted, and they want to discover if this is true before it shuts down. The arrival of an eccentric guest who shares their interest sparks a series of disturbing events. Horror, starring Sara Paxton and Pat Healy.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Ti West (The House of the Devil) has forged a reputation for slow-burn shockers, and this affectionate throwback to 1970s schlock will either appeal as an engaging character study or test the patience of anyone waiting for something to actually happen. After a century of service, the Yankee Pedlar Inn is closing down, prompting the last remaining employees - genial Sara Paxton and ghost enthusiast Pat Healy - to finally uncover proof that it is one of the USA's most haunted hotels. Once the amateur ghostbusters begin experiencing alarming events, and scares start to percolate through the panic, it becomes a weirdly effective, if rather quaint, exercise in nostalgia-brushed spookiness. West's measured mood accumulator is something akin to The Shining done in an indie slacker style, which is more notable for its sparkling dialogue, unexpected warmth and oddball casting (including Top Gun's Kelly McGillis) than its rather underwhelming payoff.

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Credits

Cast

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ClaireSara Paxton
LukePat Healy
Leanne Rease-JonesKelly McGillis
Old manGeorge Riddle
Officer MitchellJohn Speredakos
Madeline O'MalleyBrenda Cooney
BaristaLena Dunham

Crew

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DirectorTi West

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2012-06-08
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing, sexual references.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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