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Innkeepers, The (15)

Horror, Thriller

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.

The critical consensus

By allowing time for character development, the creation of atmosphere and building of suspense, and by eschewing gore and saving its big reveal until the end, West has delivered a genuinely involving and disconcerting chiller that’s closer than anything else to a decent 50s B-movie.

***(*)(*)Miles Fielder, The List, 11/05/2012

The best hotel horror since The Shining is a character piece, a comedy, a love story and a wee- inducer that marks Ti West as one of the most capable genre-wrights around.

*****Rosie Fletcher, Total Film, 29/05/2012

Among the current crop of ghost stories, this is an outstanding effort. Ti West is shaping up as an authentic Master Of Horror.

****(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 05/06/2012

Fanboy bloodlust may not be sated here, but the patient will be rewarded.

***(*)(*)Alan Bett, The Skinny, 04/06/2012

The movie never entirely flatlines, and there are some funny touches, but it annoyingly fails to do anything with the kooky situation it elaborately establishes, and there are no real shocks or laughs.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/06/2012

The low to no budget makes the lack of big-bang effects forgiveable, but the dullness is inexcusable.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 07/06/2012

It has some charm but is quite underwhelming.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 08/06/2012

The way that West builds tension – through camerawork, pacing and brilliant use of sound – makes for a creepy, classy pleasure, even if the pay-off doesn't match the masterly set-up.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Romney, The Independent, 10/06/2012

The film is scary enough to keep you alert in the cinema, but unlikely to give you a sleepless night.

Philip French, The Observer, 10/06/2012

The ending is a tad too sudden, but the build-up is the work of a master filmmaker.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 07/06/2012

Features about Innkeepers, The (15)

Tainted Love: Ti West on his love of horror cinema

Ti West, Little White Lies, 07/06/2012

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