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The Innkeepers (2012)

Sara Paxton , Kelly McGillis , Ti West  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis, Pat Healy
  • Directors: Ti West
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3S6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At a time when the horror genre seems to consist solely of cheap jump scares and MacGyverish torture contraptions, writer-director-editor Ti West's The House of the Devil proved a pleasant anomaly: a slow-building '70s throwback which understood that the process of getting spooked is at least half the fun. The Innkeepers, West's follow-up, winningly continues the retro streak, doling out the murk and gloom by steadily escalating degrees, anchored by Sara Paxton's wonderfully appealing mope of a lead performance. Kicking off with a knowingly chintzy Internet gag, the story follows a pair of bored clerks (Paxton and Pat Healy) working at a rickety Victorian inn during its last few days of business. Taking advantage of the lack of guests, the not-so-dynamic duo begin investigating the building's reputation for housing things that go bump in the night. After a boozy psychic (Kelly McGillis) checks in, however, the once-quaint creaks and moans become terrifyingly tangible. West makes smashing use of his confined location, patiently holding shots for several beats past comfortable and slowly venturing into cobwebby hallways until the goose bumps come marching in. Unfortunately, when it finally comes time to go for broke, The Innkeepers falters a bit, delivering a resolution that, while eerie, has a hard time measuring up to the anticipation generated by the fantastic first hour. Still, even if West can't quite stick the landing this time around, his film stands as a must-see for anyone feeling the blahs from the latest scary movie trends. If this tale was told around a campfire, many a s'more would be dropped. --Andrew Wright

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After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees - Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy)- are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels.  As the Inn s final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage ghost hunters begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel s long unexplained history.

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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While I appreciated the generally positive reception Ti West's "The Innkeepers" received upon its theatrical run, I fear it may have been oversold as a fright fest. This is a small, but very appealing, piece set in a haunted New England inn that scores more from its human interactions than it does from its supernatural leanings. And that's just fine. If you're anticipating big scares and lots of horror mayhem, though, this may not be the film for you. Its charms are far more subtle and unexpected. In truth, I quite loved this movie. It has modest goals and, by keeping things intimate, succeeds quite admirably in feeling fresh and real. West keeps the effects to a minimum and allows the movie to come alive in the hands of his engaging cast. It's a wise decision as the screenplay is tart and funny and the actors are committed and enthusiastic.

Sara Paxton and Pat Healy play hotel clerks spending one last weekend in the historic The Yankee Pedlar Inn before it closes down for good. The rooms are mostly vacant, so the pair of amateur ghost hunters plan to use the opportunity to get physical recordings of its alleged haunting. Most of the film relies on the easy chemistry and camaraderie of Healy and Paxton and they play off each other well. Seriously, I laughed constantly throughout the film--especially due to Paxton's deft performance. Only three rooms have occupants for all or part of the weekend. They contend with a mysterious man with history in the hotel, a wayward wife and her child, and a fading actress (and spiritualist). As the hours progress, Paxton seems to be getting closer to uncovering real spirits. What begins as a lark may be headed for a more serious conclusion.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that proves patience is a virtue February 2, 2012
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Movies revolving around the supernatural have always felt lacking. Of course, the most recent ones are mostly remakes so they already have an uphill battle ahead of them but there are very few movies featuring ghosts or the supernatural that I feel are worth mentioning in a conversation about great films. Ghostbusters, The Orphanage, The Shining, Shutter (the Thai original), The Ring, The Frighteners, and The Devil's Backbone are about it for me. It's a sub genre of horror that just hasn't meshed well with me over the years much like exorcism films. In the same breath, I still haven't been able to get a clear read on what I think of Ti West as a writer and a director. The House of the Devil was really disappointing. Its slow pace made the film seem practically uneventful and didn't really feel worthwhile in the long run. The Innkeepers has a similar pace as The House of the Devil yet feels slightly more methodical on West's part in comparison.

Luke (Pat Healy) and Claire (Sara Paxton) are the only two employees working during the final days of the Yankee Pedlar Inn. This hotel is rumored to be haunted by Madeline O' Malley, a woman who hung herself in her room after being stood up by her fiancé at the altar. Luke and Claire try to make contact with the paranormal through EVP recording devices in between watching the front desk and handling the few stragglers who come to stay during the hotel's final weekend of operation. Needless to say, Luke and Claire begin to see results as the guests at the hotel become a bit stranger.

I'm surprised the score to The Innkeepers was as good as it was.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Quaint, enchanting, cute - these aren't words normally associated with films about a haunting, but they are more than apt for describing The Innkeepers. If you're wondering if this can even be considered a horror movie, I can assure you that it does earn its horror chops when all is said and done (although I think the trailer oversells the scare factor). What I took away from the movie, though, was a rather poignant sense of melancholy. You aren't going to find many horror films that run you through such a gamut of emotions as this one. It's an unconventional but really impressive piece of work from writer/director Ti West.

The setting is the historic Yankee Pedlar Inn, on the final weekend before it closes its doors forever. With only one floor open and three rooms booked, young Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are all the only employees left to see the inn through its final days and hours. Their focus, however, is in trying to prove that the venerable old hotel is indeed haunted - supposedly by the ghost of Madeline O'Malley, a young bride who reportedly hanged herself when her lover abandoned her on her wedding day. Luke has created a web site about sightings of the ghost, but it is Claire who seems fixated on making contact with Madeline before the inn closes its doors forever. Claire is quite a character - young, unfocused, highly excitable, and just incredibly cute. She definitely doesn't seem to have the temperament of a ghost hunter, as several comical scenes early on make clear. Personally, I found her infatuating, and I thought Sara Paxton's portrayal of her was almost magical. Kelly McGillis also turns in a strong performance as actress turned new age healer Leanne Rease-Jones, a character who comes to play a crucial and prophetic part in the story.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh god no
i didn't know that this movie existed until i read some list online about "recent horror movies that actually work" in scaring you. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Meghan
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Entertaining
I watch tons of horror and suspense flicks, and quite frankly don't remember this even being released. That said...

..this was a terrific little film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Dster
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly boring movie!
I love a good scary movie, however I was counting the minutes for this one to end because I was so bored. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Demler
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING & SLOWER THEN A TURTLE!
All through the movie I kept waiting for it to pick up and it never did. Believe me I really tried to hang in there, but at the end it left me completely bored and TRULY... Read more
Published 3 months ago by flossy54
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I felt the movie was much better than Paranormal Activity and other such movies. It is a little slow and longer than it could be, but the end justifies the wait. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jay Holder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great...
I like many types of movies and this did not let me down.."Harry Potter" actor Dan Ratcliff was very good in this..
Published 4 months ago by tigerlady
4.0 out of 5 stars Last Christmas, I gave you my spleen...
The Innkeepers (Ti West, 2011)

Pretty much everyone I know with whom I have discussed The Innkeepers considers it a better movie than Ti West's previous one, The House... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
Unexpected old fashioned scary...similar to The Woman in Black. Don't blink or turn your head... You may miss crucial parts...
Published 5 months ago by Romaine Head
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious...
Slow and tedious. Underdeveloped plot, and that's being generous. Horrible story telling. I had the same feeling at the end of this movie as I did when I was a child and found out... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gunny
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and cliche...
with no payoff at the end. This movie is not worth the rental, seriously. There is nothing scary or even creepy about it.
Published 6 months ago by carolina
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