The Innkeepers (2011) – Not scary enough, yet engaging

The Innkeepers follows some unnatural events in the Yankee Pedlar Inn in Connecticut, which is known to locals as the most haunted hotels. The movie focuses  on its final week of service before it closes for good after a century long history.

On its final few days, the last remaining two employees Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are adamant to find out the truth of the ghost story behind the hotel. So, while taking up the desk-clerking jobs they started experiencing some strange happenings in and around with the check in of some unusual guests.

This low-budget film, directed by American writer-director Ti West, whose earlier attempt “The House of the Devil” bombed at box office, is not scary enough to make you fast-forward the DVD, but not entirely boring because of its very few yet genuine chilling scenes.

May be it is West’s style of filmmaking in bringing gore-free and not so terrifying plot. Nevertheless, The Innkeepers is entertaining if you start following characters without searching or waiting for ghost to appear on screen.

Director West just like his earlier film “The House of the Devil” has almost painted everything in a very traditional approach. After introduction of its lead characters, the film takes its own pace to build up. Set entirely inside the hotel, barring few scenes, it gives you a very old feeling, like the early 80’s, yet quite modern in terms of interaction between characters.

If you are still thinking that I did not tell you about the ghost, it’s because I simply want you to watch. Throughout the film before the last 15 minutes, you might even end up thinking that the story of ghost is only in the mind of Claire and there is no actual ghost.

In the absence of a compelling storyline, the success of The Innkeepers totally goes to its director who has put an outstanding effort in engaging us with the characters so deeply that we end up frightening away even with the slightest of shock moment.



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