Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Innkeepers (2011)

The Innkeepers (USA, 2011) - Color, Director(s): Ti West
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 15]
Approx. 101 min.

Z-rating: 3 out of 5 stars for a decent ghost story

Cheese Factor: 2 out of 5 stars for being more funny than scary

Two innkeepers are working on the last weekend the Inn is supposed to be open. This particular Inn is supposedly haunted by the spirit of Madeline O'Malley, the local folktale of a bride who hung herself in the 1800's when her husband abandoned her on their honeymoon. One of the innkeepers (Pat Healy) claims to have seen the ghost multiples times while working there. In fact, he's running a website that documents the haunted history of the hotel. The other innkeeper is a clumsy little girl by the name of Claire (played by Sara Paxton) who is the first to make contact. When a washed up actress check into the hotel, she takes an interest in Claire's hobby as she is now a psychic medium who is able to channel spirits and can help Claire make contact. Although Claire's curiosity is limited to only wanting to help the spirit, she receives a message of grave danger after the actress turned psychic contacts the other side.

Director Ti West also wrote this film as well as directed a segment in the recent horror anthology, V/H/S. (His segment was the one about a couple being stalked at night by a psycho wearing a mask) The story is pretty interesting and lighthearted to begin with. There are some pretty cliché scares but nothing intensely terrifying. There was a lot of buzz about this film around the time of its release so I just had to give it a watch myself. This movie just seemed like it was better at being funny than it was at really being scary. That's not to say that I didn't like the movie. There was just a lack of any real scares or intense imagery that would normally be associated with a rated-R film.

Nudity: None.

Gore: Some old guy cuts his wrists in a bathtub but it's not explicitly shown.

Awesome: Not bad. This is definitely a slow burn type of film that builds the suspense before throwing a scare at you. The problem is that the movie was pretty lighthearted overall and you never feel a sense of overwhelming danger for any of the characters in this movie. The spirits seem pretty docile and not malevolent in any way. I prefer a movie like Thir13en Ghosts but if you're looking for a movie in the same vein as this one but a little creepier, try The Awakening instead.

(The movie poster above is by The Dude Designs, go check out some of his other work!)