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The Innkeepers (2011)

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During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.

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Ti West

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Ti West
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sara Paxton ... Claire
Pat Healy ... Luke
Alison Bartlett ... Angry Mom
Jake Ryan ... Young Boy (as Jake Schlueter)
Kelly McGillis ... Leanne Rease-Jones
Lena Dunham ... Barista
Brenda Cooney ... Madeline O'Malley
George Riddle ... Old Man
John Speredakos ... Officer Mitchell
Sean Reid Sean Reid ... Medic
Kurt Venghaus Kurt Venghaus ... Medic
Thomas Mahoney Thomas Mahoney ... Medic
Michael Martin Michael Martin ... Medic
Michael P. Castelli Michael P. Castelli ... Medic
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During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.

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Come stay at the Yankee Pedlar ... For a night you WILL NEVER FORGET See more »

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Rated R for some bloody images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Presencias del más allá See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,557, 5 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,501, 26 February 2012
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The cast and crew ate and slept at the motel that was used as the main location for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Claire is looking through the haunting website, the visitation counter switches from 3875 to 3874. See more »

Quotes

Claire: Never skimp on bread; you'll always regret it.
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Referenced in The Innkeepers: Behind the Scenes (2012) See more »

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Become The Night
Written by Andrew McAllister
Performed by Vanish Valley
Courtesy of Vanish Valley
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Hey daddio, I don't wanna go, down to the basement!
7 July 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Innkeepers is written and directed by Ti West. It stars Sara Paxton, Pat Healy and Kelly McGillis. Music is by Jeff Grace and cinematography by Eliot Rockett. It's the last few business days at the historically spooky Yankee Pedlar Inn, and two employees spend their hours by indulging in some amateur ghost hunting. But as the clock ticks down it becomes apparent that the hotel's haunted past is anything but an urban legend.

Following on from his excellent slow burn girl-in-peril horror film, House of the Devil, Ti West determinedly sticks to his principals for The Innkeepers. This automatically alienates a good portion of the horror faithful, especially in the younger echelons, for those who need and seek thrill after thrill, a ghost train ride of a horror movie, The Innkeepers is sure to be a hard slog to get through. But for a certain niche in horrorville, where the adults reside who love a sombre tone, character and story build up and a last quarter pay off, then The Innkeepers is a little gem of a creeper.

That's not to say that West's movie is flawless, far from it, there is still dumb decisions made, including a major league one that the film's terrifying conclusion hinges on, and the Inn itself is not exactly the stuff of haunted building nightmares. That is until we go down to the basement or up to the deserted third floor....But West has such a good sense of mood and the good sense to involve us so thoroughly with the two protagonists, both excellently portrayed by Paxton and Healy, that once things eventually take the turn into the realm of the outright scary, the little missteps are easily forgiven. West's traditional values to be applauded, not frowned upon. Bonus, too, is McGillis in a decidedly off kilter performance as an ex-actress-come psychic healer who likes a drink and has a significant role to play in proceedings.

The haunted house spooker is making something of a come back lately, and it's great to see directors prepared to get their movies out there and offer up an alternative to the over populated slice and dice formula. Ti West is showing himself to be a friend to the grown-up chill seeker, long may he continue in this vein. 8/10


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