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.