Claire (Paxton) and Luke (Healy) are the last two employees as the failing Yankee Pedler Inn. Although its a beautiful and historically set place for a few stragglers to rest their weary heads, lacking business has lead it to close after the weekend. This just makes Luke and Claire's attempts at grabbing proof of the ghost in the Inn more imperative. With only a handful of guests and the two of them running the ship, they decide to push the ghost of a suicidal woman from decades ago into action. The action they receive isn't quite the proof they were so desperate for.
|A fantastic setting let's director Ti West treat us with visuals.
West saves the film from dragging by creating a beautiful film. His Kubrickian style of script building and camera work heavily resembles the classic "The Shining" at times and he creates such a real universe for the story and characters to exist in that it was hard to shake when the credits began to roll. The Inn becomes this other character with its own personality and the way he builds up to a the simple scare of a piano key being pressed down is truly the art of horror. He makes you completely dread the fact that its going to happen even though you already know its going to happen. The ability to craft this kind of atmosphere is a rare trait and Ti West glorifies it on "The Innkeepers".
|Also my reaction to Paxton's starring role in "Shark Night".
|Cliche perhaps, but scary as hell when done right.
Written By Matt Reifschneider