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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.
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