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Rotten: Luke and Claire are guilty, above all, of being dumb and bored. Even their interest in the ghost that may dwell in the dark corners of the Pedlar seems tepid and lacking in conviction.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, February 2, 2012
Fresh: Smart, funny and creepy, The Innkeepers does a great deal for Ti West's reputation as an up-and-coming filmmaker while simultaneously making rustic hotels seem a lot less quaint and charming.
- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Thursday, February 2, 2012
Fresh: West freshens up the horror genre with a distinctive, careful camera style and an ability to write with empathy and humor.
- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Monday, February 6, 2012
Director Ti West created an indie stir in 2009 with The House of the Devil. An up-and-coming American director, he now returns with this gradually building charmer that relies on gently developing events. Yes the account is deliberately slow - it feels like real life. Modern horror devotees will no doubt have little patience for the snail's pace. But this is a cut above the trashy blood and guts flicks that dot the cinematic landscape. The actors make this haunted house film notable. Pat Healy and Sara Paxton give compelling performances as Luke and Claire. Healy is sardonic and skeptical. Paxton is quirky and likeable. The two innkeepers form a charismatic pair that we actually enjoy watching. Both are engaging slacker personalities. Paxton is especially winning. She was my favorite part about the whole experience. Also on hand is 80s phenom Kelly McGillis as a former actress/psychic. The moments of humor are surprisingly effective. Luke takes advantage of Claire's already jumpy personality several times and the results are pretty funny. Claire's interactions with McGillis' medium are rather amusing too. The historical hotel is the main focus and West mines terror from the unknown forces that intrigue. The story coasts on charm. The plot is pretty slight and it drifts to a dependable conclusion. Thank goodness for our two leads. They make these situations better than average.
- hobster1, Thursday, June 7, 2012
Is it just a matter of getting older or are horror films no longer able to capture the imagination anymore? A lot of recent one's have wisely went back to the premise of ghostly spectres haunting old houses and unsuspecting newcomers arriving to get the bejesus scared out of them. "The Woman In Black" is one, that tried and failed. This latest, from director Ti West, has a little more savvy and actually works reasonably well. 'The Yankee Pedlar Inn' is an old hotel that is plagued with stories of Madeline O'Malley; a ghostly woman that has roamed the hallways. On it's last weekend before closing, two college dropout employees Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) decide to use a video camera and try to capture some evidence of the reported events. One of the last guests to check in is former actress Leanne Rease-Jones (Kelly McGillis), now specialising in the occult, who shares her knowledge of the hotel as things become increasingly sinister. For a start, this has a bit of an independent feel to it. The characters are likeable and although some performances are stretched, it benefits from the actors being relatively unknown. Despite it's indie feel though, it's shot with complete confidence. As any good ghost story should, it builds slowly and allows the audience to identify with the characters. It also has the perfect setting; a vast, empty, haunted space - that is actually shot in the real Yankee Pedlar Inn - and makes great use of this location. It also helps to inject a bit of humour and two thirds of the movie has it's tongue stuck firmly in it's cheek without compromising the overall intention; scares. When the final act kicks into gear and the ghost is finally revealed, it's get's very interesting and some genuine jumpy moments occur. However, the major problem that plagues this, is that it sets itself up for a big reveal and then doesn't deliver. For a film that prides itself in it's slow build-up and attention to detail, the resolution seems rushed, unexplored and unexplained. It's a competent effort that benefits from great production design and an eager director but it would have been so much better, if a little more care had been put into the script.
- MrMarakai, Thursday, May 24, 2012
Ti West is quickly becoming one of the best directors in Independent horror. The Innkeepers is a slow paced, but effective ghost story. Horror films like this take time to build its horror. Thus you never know when something really terrifying will happen. The Innkeepers is a great film because it uses the horror basics to create terror and atmosphere. Ti West's directing is impeccable, and that's what makes this film great. The story is simple and provides some great scares. The Innkeepers is one of those films that takes time for the story to unfold. Even if it's slow, it only adds to the films strength because it builds up the feeling of dread in your bones. Along with The Woman in Black, The Innkeepers is the strongest and best ghost film to come out in the horror genre in a long time. Stripped down to its core, The Innkeepers doesn't try to sugar coat anything with fancy special effects or cheap scares. The film is terrific and is a must see for horror fans who prefer traditional horror. Ti West is a great director and what makes him stand out is his films go for the traditional chills of old school horror films. The Innkeepers is a well crafted horror film that is a breath of fresh air in a genre where originality is a rare commodity nowadays. With The Innkeepers, Ti West is securing his place as one of horrors promising new directors. He's far more talented than the likes of Eli Roth and I can't wait what he'll come up with next. This is a must see for horror fans tired of the same old cheap scares and what something to genuinely scare them.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, May 4, 2012