Wednesday, October 26, 2011

10-25-11: Did I just see a ghost?

THE INNKEEPERS (2011) **** D: Ti West. Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis.

In the final days before a hotel closes its doors forever, the two remaining staff members cater to the few visiting guests and conduct their own investigation into whether or not the hotel is haunted.

Charming, sweet, quirky, mysterious, spooky and when it needs to be, scary. Ti West delivers another smart, memorable genre piece that is highly entertaining.

This is not a ghost story that sets out to scare you with surprise shocks, like the "Paranormal" franchise. This one develops its characters, lays down the foundation for the mystery and brings it all together in the end which at first glance looks like a "generic" ghost story. However, once you process everything you have seen and perhaps after a second look you may find that there was much more to it then a simple ghost story. The film is open to interpretation but there is no wrong answer, for some it's just a ghost story, for others it may be purely psychological.

It's been said before but this is another "slow burn" thriller like "House of the Devil," another Ti West feature. It doesn't assault you like ADD horror films of late but really draws you in and gets under your skin when it has to.

Hands down, this is the best horror film of 2011.

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