The Innkeepers (2011)

Written and directed by Ti West.  Starring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, Lena Dunham, Alison Bartlett, George Riddle and Brenda Cooney.

Plot: two employees at the Yankee Pedlar Inn investigate a supposed haunting.


Claire (Paxton) and Luke (Healy) are the last two employees of an inn that’s going out of business.  Both are ghost hunting enthusiasts.  They are currently investigating a haunting in the very hotel they work at.  The haunting of Madeline O’Malley (Cooney), a would-be bride who was left at the altar by her fiance and supposedly took her own life in one of the rooms.  Fearing the bad press, the hotel  owners kept her body in the basement for three days before they were found out and now she still wanders the halls waiting for her lover.

The last weekend the inn is open it has one guest, a woman (Bartlett) avoiding her husband.  That is until Leane Reese-Jones (McGillis) shows up.  She’s a famous actress that Claire just adores.  But her acting days are over now and she’s in town for a psychic’s convention.  She warns Claire to stay out of the basement of the inn and she tells her that Madeline can’t be saved.  But of course, Claire doesn’t listen.


Surprisingly, the movie is really funny.  Claire and Luke talk to one another how real people talk and they behave (for the most part) like real people behave.  We don’t know why you’d ever decide to go into the basement after the warning, but maybe there are some people who would.

Also, it’s really intensely creepy in parts.  Especially towards the end.  Me and DJ were both spooked by it, although we did watch it with a friend who said she wasn’t.  But even she liked it.  So, if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out this Halloween season.

My score: 79.  DJ’s score: 73.

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