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Well-crafted haunted hotel movie has drinking, some gore.
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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, The Wrap, 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
img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif/img] Ti West once again proves that he understands the mechanics of constructing horror from building up an eerie atmosphere to crafting an interesting character out of the "screamer girl" straight after some previously impressive films. He really is a great director, but unfortunately all The Innkeepers does is demonstrate that very fact. In this he intelligently crafts some good scares out of the simple use of camera movement and on a technical level he suceeds in building tension but what it all adds up to is a database of every horror cliche in the book that just happens to look polished and well thought out. As a result of this you can see the ending from about a mile away so i'd be lying if I didn't say I found myself bored waiting for the finale. I would have been fine with it if it didn't make one fatal mistake. Essentially it was one of those scenes in a haunted house horror where a character doesn't decide to leave endangerment and makes one of the most common sense lacking decisions possible. It was a genuine shame, the film started out so well, there were a few scenes that convinced me it was a horror comedy, it managed to be scary and funny simultaneously and that's something very difficult to pull off. That was very entertaining while it lasted though in the end I felt dissapointed simply because it's a film that does everything it can to engross you in the atmosphere but then makes one false move and lets go.
- aquateen2, Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Innkeepers is a film all too upbeat to call a horror movie, dare I say all too tedious to call entertainment. I shouldn't have to research whether or not this is a horror-comedy, and I won't. In the case that the film was intended as a horror-comedy, everything about it failed miserably, as the quirky jokes evoke no more than nervous laughter. As a pure horror, however, it's just as much a failure, with a far more blatant appreciation for the "awkward moment" than, say, When Harry Met Sally. At first, the employment of loud noises is mildly amusing as a method of making an audience jump as well as diffusing the prior horror, but the overuse of the method grows predictable and obnoxious rather rapidly.
- spielberg00, Thursday, November 1, 2012