Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Innkeepers

Director Ti West made a splash with 2009's The House of the Devil, a about a baby sitter who takes the wrong job and which I have yet to see. Unfortunately, I did see Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, West's Direct-to-Video sequel to Eli Roth's hilarious horror debut. Poor acting, bad special effects, lame sex jokes and a ridiculous plot made CB2 a movie definitely worth skipping. But House of the Devil was a critical darling of sorts, and all the buzz about his latest effort have me very curious.

The Innkeepers takes place during the last weekend of business of the Yankee Peddlar Inn, a supposedly haunted New England hotel. The hotel's last two employees, Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy), are determined to prove that the woman who reportedly haunts the hotel actually existed, and that the place is actually haunted. Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) makes a rare film appearance as a medium who claims she can help the amateur ghost hunters communicate with the spirits in the hotel.

Just about everything I've read about The Innkeepers has been positive. Those who've seen it say that it is a character-driven and atmospheric ghost tale with a measured pace and effective scares. Paxton appeared in 2009's remake of Last House on the Left and Healy has an extensive list of credits, including MagnoliaGhost World and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

The trailer is spooky enough. I only hope the movie lives up to the hype. The Innkeepers is scheduled for a February 2nd, 2012 release.

More, anon.

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