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The Innkeepers (2011)

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During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.

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Ti West

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Ti West
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sara Paxton ... Claire
Pat Healy ... Luke
Alison Bartlett ... Angry Mom
Jake Ryan ... Young Boy (as Jake Schlueter)
Kelly McGillis ... Leanne Rease-Jones
Lena Dunham ... Barista
Brenda Cooney ... Madeline O'Malley
George Riddle ... Old Man
John Speredakos ... Officer Mitchell
Sean Reid Sean Reid ... Medic
Kurt Venghaus Kurt Venghaus ... Medic
Thomas Mahoney Thomas Mahoney ... Medic
Michael Martin Michael Martin ... Medic
Michael P. Castelli Michael P. Castelli ... Medic
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Storyline

During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.

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A Ghost Story for the Minimum Wage See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Presencias del más allá See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,557, 5 February 2012

Gross USA:

$78,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,178,831
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Viewers often find it hard to place the era this film occurs as the webpage the character of Luke designs is quite outdated looking by about fifteen years, and none of the main characters ever bring out a cellular phone at any point. Ti West explains that the film takes place in "present day" - Luke's style of web design is to convey how inexperienced and unimaginative he is, and the fact the characters never bring out phones is explained as "They probably have them but never need to use them". See more »

Goofs

The inhaler Claire puffs on throughout the movie when having trouble breathing has a tan colored delivery system. In actuality, this type of inhaler is used at specific times for overall bronchial and nasal health. The type of inhaler that Claire would have used for stress-induced shortness of breath would have had a different colored body, usually red. One might argue, however, that if Claire had mixed up her inhalers this could have contributed to her passing out or hallucinating. See more »

Quotes

Claire: Never skimp on bread; you'll always regret it.
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Features Solitaire (1981) See more »

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Cold November
Written by Jason Dodson and The Maldives
Performed by The Maldives
Courtesy of Mt. Fuji Records
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Decent yet imperfect humour laced spook tale
1 September 2011 | by BloodwankSee all my reviews

I'm a little ambivalent about The Innkeepers, much as I was about Ti West's previous opus, The House of the Devil. Both films put nary a foot wrong on atmospheric or technical levels, both are backed up by solid little stories, yet for all their little pleasures neither really wowed me, as if not all their elements gelled, or perhaps they didn't go far enough. The Innkeepers has the advantage of simpler and far more forthcoming entertainment, making it an overall pleasurable ride, one that I may even revisit and enjoy more. Its a character rather than scare driven affair, focusing on Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy), last staff of the going out of business Yankee Pedlar inn, and later Leeanne Reece Jones (Kelly McGillis), ageing actress turned psychic. With adept performances from the three leads the characters portray a spectrum of vulnerable humanity, Claire quirky and likable, but asthmatic and somewhat mindful of her lack of direction, Luke a droll slacker slowly reaching that point where falls life and the weight of what could have been and Leeanne fully self aware but only a little bitter, of the three the most in possession of herself. It being the last night of the hotel customers are scarce so Claire and Luke set out to investigate the inn's alleged ghost, a girl who committed suicide whose body was hidden in the basement to avoid scandal. At first the tone is light, the characters trade off one another, there are jump scares played for light humour and the audience gets to be a part of the films little world. Later on though the laughs are dropped, as Claire and Luke get serious in their investigation and things get rather spooky, leading to a nicely jolting conclusion. Everything works here, yet it didn't really stir me until the final scenes. Its not the measured pace, not gripes with the plotting (which maintains plenty of pleasing ambiguity), more I guess the issue of things not really gelling together. The film is intentionally episodic, broken into three chapters and there isn't much flow between them other than the flow of plot. So the inspired humour, a sort of light and likable slacker vibe with several true to life moments, and the horror, mostly swift creepy jolts and some brooding atmosphere, never really feed each other in a manner fit to hold the film together and make it really effective, the two veins subvert each other quite nicely just not in a manner that works so well in the moment of the film itself. Still, I can see people liking this one a lot and its done pretty nicely on the critical circuit so I may be in a minority. Definitely check it out for yourself say I, its worth experiencing for yourself.


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