Time has not been kind to the horror movie genre. While there seems to be a cult following, most would agree that horror films are without a doubt some of the worst films to have ever been made. The Innkeepers manages to avoid the garbage heap but keep your expectations low.
In horror specialist Ti West’s (The House of the Devil) latest movie, a pair of workers at an Inn (that’s going out of business) try to find signs from the spirit world only to find more than they bargained for.
West managed to impress with his great use of camera movements instilling a chilling sense of unease. His script, however, could use a few re-writes as some of the dialogue lingered on the strong side of smelly cheese.
Surprisingly, the acting from the two main actors, Pat Healy and Sara Paxton, is pretty good this kind of movie. Sara Paxton manages to make the funny scenes believable and keeps the “corny meter” from reaching dangerous levels. Keep an eye out for 80’s star, Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) as well.
However, the real star of the movie is provided by the original score of Jeff Grace (The House of the Devil). There’s a palpable eeriness to his work, which acts to enhance the unnerving vibe of the movie. The only failure lays in the over emphasized bass tones seemingly used as cues for the audience; unfortunately it was more distracting than anything else.
Special features included in the Blu Ray release include two commentaries with various cast and crew, as well as a fun The Innkeepers: Behind the Scenes featurette.
Bottom Line: Fans will be happy to own this home release, but everyone else should make due with a rental for their night of fright.
Movie grade C+
Blu Ray grade B
Runtime: 101 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.4:1