Film Reviews: “The Innkeepers” (2011)

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Directed, written, and edited by Ti West.
Starring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, and Kelly McGillis.

It’s the final weekend before the old Yankee Pedlar Inn closes its doors forever. Co-worker friends Claire and Luke are running the whole joint alone until the end. They’re also amateur ghost hunters. The story goes that in the 1800’s Madeline O’Malley was killed and her body hid in the hotel’s basement. Claire believes that O’Malley’s spirit still haunts the halls. Luke is skeptical but interested. With the place almost entirely empty for it’s final nights, will the spirits of Yankee Pedlar Inn make their presence known?

I really enjoyed Ti West’s last film “The House of the Devil.” This is great as well. The beginning is a little slow on the scares, but that’s made up for with humor and character. “The Innkeepers” is like a less crude version of Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” meets Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” Lots of laughs and chills to be had.

3.0 out of 4.0 stars.

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