THE INNKEEPERS Add To My Top 10
Curiosity Killed the Cast
Release Date: February 03, 2012
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 101 minutes
Distributor: Magnet Releasing/Magnolia Pictures
Director: Ti West
Writer: Ti West
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The thin story concerns a young woman named Claire and a man named Luke who are the overnight staff during the final weekend of an allegedly haunted hotel. Claire and Luke are fascinated with the tale of an old woman who committed suicide there years ago and are determined to see and record evidence of supernatural activity by her spirit. As they wander through the halls and basement, they play repeated pranks on each other faking the spirit’s activity.
The addition of a former actress turned psychic as a guest brings the events into a more serious light. The psychic believes that spirits lurk everywhere in the world and that the universe is just interconnected energy fields.
An elderly man who says he wants to revisit his honeymoon suite from decades before winds up committing suicide. The discovery of his bloody corpse in the bathtub sends events spiraling out of control in the last few minutes.
[SPOILERS FOLLOW] The psychic tells the Claire to flee for her life. That is exactly what Luke does, but Claire foolishly enters the basement one last time. There, she’s pushed down the stairs by the now-zombie elderly man. Now with a bloodied face, Claire runs toward a locked door. As she is stricken with an asthmatic panic attack, the old woman’s spirit races toward her. The camera cuts away, and Claire is next seen dead on a gurney. [SPOILERS END]
The movie’s bleak ending tries to make up for the fact that the movie’s lack of real thrills and too many goofy pranks between the clerks takes the edge off the movie being truly scary. Writer-director Ti West should be commended on an artistic level for trying to evoke terror without graphic violence. However, he still inserts too much foul language. Also, THE INNKEEPERS will bore most moviegoers while still offending Christian and Jewish believers with its occult worldview and New Age pagan view of God’s Creation.
The movie’s bleak ending tries to make up for the movie’s lack of thrills and goofy pranks, but they still take the edge off the scary parts. The filmmakers should be commended for trying to evoke terror without much graphic violence. However, they still insert too much foul language. THE INNKEEPERS will bore most moviegoers while still offending believers with its abhorrent, occult worldview and New Age view of God’s Creation.