The Innkeepers (2011)
Since his directorial debut in 2005, Ti West has mostly been known for slow burn horror movies with the height of his career being the absolutely creepy and suspenseful movie the House of the Devil. Unfortunately his follow up film the Innkeepers isn’t on par with his last effort but it’s not overtly bad.
Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are in charge of the Yankee Pedlar Inn during its final days open. Not having much to do, the pair mainly goof off and try to keep each other entertained during the last few slow days. Everything changes once Claire decides to uncover the mystery of Madeline O’Mailey, a woman who is reported to be haunting the inn.
Like most of West’s films the plot is rather simple, deciding to rather explorer the supernatural through the mundane. The two leads do an excellent job, Sara Paxton does a great job as Claire a naïve young woman who believes everything she’s told and Pat Healy as the man-child paranormal geek. One of the bad things about this movie is the tone.
The overall tone of the film changes half way through the film making it seem as if its two separate movies. The first half is a really down to earth light hearted story of two young adults just going through the flow of the daily lives while working in an inn which is haunted. The second half is a truly tense and freighting film that holds onto your attention until the credits roll.
Unlike West’s last film, the ending leaves something to be desired. It comes off as if it was rushed and doesn’t really give any answers to the whole O’mailey story. The pacing of the film might be another turn off for some as it is a very slow burn of a movie.
Overall the film does have some faults and after making the House of the Devil this does come as a bit of a disappoint but with that being said this is in no way a bad movie and if you like ghost stories you should definitely check this one out, 3 out of 5