Indie horror director Ti West (The House of the Devil, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever) presents the tale of Claire (The Last House on the Left‘s Sara Paxton) and Luke (Rescue Dawn‘s Pat Healy), two unenthusiastic young hotel clerks/amateur EVP investigators who inhabit a creepy old New England hotel. A few people check in (including Top Gun‘s Kelly McGillis as an actress turned healer), Claire gets a cup of coffee, Luke takes a nap, Claire uses her inhaler, Luke surfs the internet…that pretty much wraps up this 100 minute bore of a ghost story in which things like a simple walk from the lobby to the basement take almost ten minutes of screen time. The scares are few, you’ll be waiting a while for the first one, and are ultimately the equivalent of watching one of those online prank videos of a seemingly static scene that is shaken by the sudden appearance of a ghostly face. One of these very videos is actually featured in the film, a decision that West may have made with a self-deprecating wink or perhaps a subtle jab towards his genre of choice. The Innkeepers could possibly pass as a meditative fright film or perhaps an indie slacker slice-of-life with horror elements though it’s doubtful that any given audience will feel satisfied by its anti-climax. But, hey, at least it doesn’t end with a web address.
The Innkeepers opens today at the Ritz at the Bourse.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.