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The Innkeepers

(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: R — for some bloody images and language
  • Director: Ti West   Cast: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, George Riddle
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
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Genre

Horror, Suspense/Thriller

Producer

Peter Phok, Larry Fessenden, Derek Curl

Distributor

Magnolia Pictures

Release Date

Feb 3, 2012

Release Notes

Limited

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Review

Ti West’s The Innkeepers is a poky but blood-freezing throwback to the gothic horror films of the seventies, when ingénues moved tremulously down dark corridors without holding digital video cameras. True, the heroine, Claire (Sara Paxton), has a souped-up microphone that detects phantasmal cries and whispers, but that’s audio—it seems pleasantly old-fashioned. It’s the last weekend of business for the Yankee Pedlar Inn, where once upon a time a bride took her life and the innkeepers hid her festering corpse in the basement. Despite the warnings of an alcoholic spiritualist (Kelly McGillis, also back from the dead), Claire heads more or less straight for the scene of the desecration. Paxton, de-glammed, is so wonderfully gawky and funny, we’d follow her anywhere—and do, alas.

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