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THE INNKEEPERS (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Ti West

Starring:
Sara Paxton
Kelly McGillis
Pat Healy

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
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What's it about
It's the final weekend of business for The Yankee Pedlar Inn before it closes down forever. However, legend has it that the hotel is haunted! Junior ghost trackers, Claire and Luke, who also happen to be the last two employees left working at the Inn, are determined to find proof of a paranormal presence before it's too late.
Is it good movie?
Ti West has got to be one of the most fascinating horror directors of our time. With a penchant for referencing some of the classic horrors of yesteryear (70's & 80's), his flicks always have a fun, vintage vibe to them. I appreciate the man's work also because he actually cares about creating an interesting story with developed characters amidst all the madness and mayhem.

This style again holds true for THE INNKEEPERS, the young writer/director's follow-up to 2009's HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (which was excellent). This one's about a supposedly haunted "old-time" hotel and a pair of genre-loving employees attempting to prove that ghosts do exist. It's a fun premise and Sara Paxton and Pat Healy are perfect as the somewhat dorky spook stalkers. I never though I'd use the word "dorky" and Sara Paxton in the same sentence, but I suppose that's a testament to her high acting ability. She really is great here as is Mr. Healy.

What I liked about the script was that it made time for some nice comedic moments between Paxton and Healy as they are balancing their hunt for ghosts with the fact that they're the only employees left to run the hotel. It appeared that everyone involved had fun making this flick. I also appreciated how West was able to generate some startling moments without any crazy CGI effects or gore. This baby had subtly written all over it.

Of course, this lead to one of the few downfalls of the film. It moves at a pretty slow pace. Those looking for an all-out, haunted hotel freakout probably won't make it past the first half hour. Also, it was disheartening to witness how old Kelly McGillis got. I actually didn't even recognize her because she truly was this old lady and I never imagined her as that. Oh well, at least she's still in the game.

Despite the slow pace, INNKEEPERS does arrive at a nice enough conclusion with a few jolts. I found myself pretty much enjoying the ride nonetheless. Maybe I'm just a sucker for old fashioned hotels and Mr. West chose a humdinger to be the location for his inn.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 2.40:1

Audio English dolby digital.

The Extras
We get Two Commentaries: a technically informative one with Ti West and some behind-the-scenes guys, and another one with Mr. West, Ms. Paxton, and Mr. Healy that is a very fun listen.

A short Behind the Scenes featurette.

The films Trailer.

Last Call
A well-made, atmospheric, funny throwback thriller with a good amount of charm and some potent scares. It just needed to move at a fast pace for a universal recommendation.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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