Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Innkeepers (2011)

Ti West is one of those "love 'em or hate 'em" types.  Some people are on board with his atmospheric and generally low-gore style (save for Cabin Fever 2!)  Personally, I loved this flick.  I wasn't sure at first, if I loved it, but after letting it stew for a couple days, I'm definitely a fan.

The Innkeepers was filmed in an actual hotel in Torrington, Connecticut, at the Yankee Pedlar Inn.  That itself is pretty awesome.  The hotel itself doesn't appear to have any sort of haunted history, but just the fact that it was filmed at a real old hotel was pretty neat.  There's so many sets, and places that pretend to be other places, and this was solid.

The Innkeepers is about a New England hotel that is closing, and two young people, Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) who are responsible for manning the hotel during its last days.  They expect no guests, but surprisingly, there are some.  A former actress, Leanne Rease-Jones (Kelly McGillis!!) is speaking at a nearby convention.  A mother and son are running from the husband/father.   And finally, an old man returns to stay in the same room as he did on his wedding night.

Pat and Claire really don't care about the guests, and are pretty focused on capturing proof of a ghost that supposedly haunts the hotel.  Pat has made a cheesy website about the ghost, and he needs more video and sound to amp it up a bit.  However, it's quickly apparent that Claire is the ballsy one of the two, and keeps going out on a limb to capture scary sounds and strange occurrences.  Where does Leanne fit in?  Well, she's some sort of psychic/healer (and frequent consumer of vodka) and she can feel the presence of the hotel ghost.  She urges Claire to leave well enough alone, but Claire is not hearing that noise.

As the hotel closing day gets closer, the supernatural entities seem to become more apparent, and violent.  As the three try to get away from the hotel, the beings seem to pull them back in somehow.

This flick is definitely allll Ti West.  If you're looking for tons of blood and gore and screams, this is the wrong place.  It's very atmospheric, creepy, and understand like House of the Devil, so if you liked that one, definitely check out The Innkeepers.