|The Innkeepers (2011)|
|Starring:||Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, and Kelly McGillis|
If the movie has a major fault, it is probably its own lack of serious ambition. I absolutely love the characters of Luke and Claire, and this duo has a tremendous amount of chemistry onscreen together, but their adventures aren’t enough to make a classic horror title that fans will want to revisit over and over again. While I love what West does with this material, and I love the way he blends his genres, I don’t think that this is a story that has or should jump out to large audiences. To bring it right down to its basics, the movie is a creeping yet entertaining horror romp. What it does, it does right and it does it to the point of perfection, but the interest level that I have with the movie exists only at the start of the film and concludes in its final minutes. It’s not a title that I would rush out to recommend to all of my non-horror friends, nor do I think it is the movie that justifies all of the hype behind Ti West. The movie doesn’t have any tangible qualities that make it something completely new, innovative, or even worth rushing out to see, but it is good enough that real horror fans should absolutely search it out in order to watch it at least once. It has its elements that will distract some viewers, and I have some friends who genuinely hated it, but for the most part I love almost everything about the movie.