The Innkeepers (2011) | Ti West’s ghostly tale creeps up on you – and then some

The Innkeepers (2011)

From Cabin Fever 2: Spring Break and House of the Devil director Ti West comes 2011’s The Innkeepers, a slow-burning, character-driven chiller set in a real-life haunted hotel in Connecticut.

With the century-old Yankee Pedlar due to close and few guests to serve, hotel desk attendants Caire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) have little to do than update their paranormal website about the inn’s most famous ghost, Madeline O’Malley, a newlywed who hung herself on her honeymoon, and recording EVP readings in the hotel’s deserted rooms at the dead of night. When a former TV star-turned medium Leanne Rease-Jones (Kelly McGillis) comes to stay, she convinces Claire that there are actually three ghosts that haunt the hotel, and that they want her to leave. Investigating further, Claire soon finds herself facing her own darkest fears.

The Innkeepers (2011)

I counted only four big shocks in this slow-moving creep-fest, but its all done on purpose as Ti West’s film focuses totally on Claire, an awkward asthma-suffering teen who feels slightly disconnected from the world, but doesn’t really know what she wants from life. West’s film is also a subtle study in how to build suspense, leaving it up to the viewer to decide whether what Claire sees is real, or is in fact just an expression of her fears. Now that’s spooky.

The Innkeepers can be rented online from Metrodome VOD and screens in the UK on Film4 (Sky 315, Virgin 428, Freeview 15, Freesat 300), with the next showing on Thursday 21 August at 10.55pm

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About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on August 21, 2014, in American Indie, Horror, Must See and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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