The Innkeepers (2011)
Every horror fan should take notice of Ti West now, so there are no regrets later down the road. The Innkeepers, West’s most recent full length feature is a paranormal voyage into human sanity. The film stars Sara Paxton (The Last House On the Left), Pat Healy (Rescue Dawn), and Kelly McGillis (Top Gun).
Claire (Paxton) and Luke (Healy) are the only two remaining employees at the Yankee Pedlar Inn. The Inn is nearing it’s final days and Claire and Luke are trying desperately to capture real proof of the Inn’s haunted past. As the days near the end, disturbing and unexplainable events begin to happen. As time goes on, the events become more serious and begin to take a toll on Claire and Luke.
West is quickly asserting himself as a force to be reckoned with in the horror community. Directing not only two films considered to be included in the best horror films of the past five years (The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers), West has also contributed to the recent horror anthologies The ABC’s of Death and V/H/S. I will have reviews for both of those anthologies out soon. Sara Paxton gives one of the most likeable character performances worthy of the audiences empathy in recent memory. Paxton and Healy portray a legitimate friendship and the deterioration of not only themselves, but also of their relationship. The tension created by the films deliberate pace causes genuine havoc and fear to take control of the audience. There is a scene 5-10 minutes in length of an EVP recording session that will shred your nerves. If you come into this film expecting buckets of blood and an excess of gore you will surely be disappointed. The Innkeepers sets out to keep you up at night out of terror, not nausea and vomiting. To throughly enjoy The Innkeepers, shut off all the lights, curl up in the fetal position and sweat it out, alone if you dare.
The Innkeepers: 6.5 out of 10.