The Innkeepers (2011)

The Innkeepers
Director: Ti West
Writer: Ti West
Cast: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

The Yankee Pedlar Hotel is about to close down. In it’s last days of business, Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are the only employees left to take care of the few guests still staying there. But Luke and Claire also have another mission: They want to record the ghost that haunts the hotel. So during the night shift they set out to record the sounds in every room. And it isn’t long until Claire hears somethign weird.

I’m usually not much of a ghost story fan but this movie was an excellent one, despite the fact that it suffers from protagonist stupidity. And it was really scary.

Like so many horror movies before it, The Innkeepers falls prey to the plot weakness where the protagonist (in this case mostly Claire) repeatedly goes into the dangerous area because of flimsy excuses without turning on the lights etc.

Let’s face it, that’s just stupidity in action but its kinda necessary to have them behave that way otherwise there wouldn’t be much of a story (“There’s a ghost in this hotel! Let’s get the hell out of here and continue our lives far, far away.” isn’t really much of a story). Still, if the film was constructed a little differently, there could have been legitimate reasons for the people to be alone with the ghost. [SPOILER] On the other hand, the ending suggests that Claire imagined the whole thing and practically killed herself by panicking, in which case it makes sense that she has to be alone in the scariest room. But it still wouldn’t make sense for her character to go into the cellar alone and without a working light source after already having decided to leave the place forever. [/SPOILER]

But if you go ahead and accept that [and in this case it is rather easy to overlook] and ignore Sara Paxton’s wooden performance, you have a fantastic movie on your hands. It’s got two likeable protagonists, Pat Healy is great and as I said, it is really scary.

If Ti West has one talent, it’s to build up tension. You know exactly that something is going to happen – because in horror movies there always is -and it still kills you when it does happen.

Summarising: good scares, likeable characters, recommended watching.

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