Brought to the screen by writer-director Ti West, The Innkeepers is a low-key, slow-burner of a horror film. Although it is creepy in places, the word ‘horror’ seems a little strong, or maybe I’m just totally desensitized because I watch so many of the damn things.
Anyway, the action (such as it is) centres on the last two staff members at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, on the eve of the hotel’s closure, as they try to find evidence of the hotel’s ghostly residents. A simple premise, a small cast, a decent script, a surprising appearance by 80s star Kelly McGillis, and some good enough performances combine to make a pretty OK 101 minutes. It isn’t particularly frightening and no doubt won’t please gore-hounds, but I thought it was a decent enough effort, although I wasn’t keen on the ending.