DVD Review: The Innkeepers











Claire and Luke are looking for proof.  On closing weekend, the last two employees at the Yankee Pedlar Inn are searching for evidence that the old hotel is haunted.  Will they find it?

“The Innkeepers” is a strange title for a bump-in-the-night thriller like this one, because the title suggests a period piece or a mom-and-pop guest house.  No, Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are minimum wage desk clerks in New England, nothing more.

With only a few odd remaining guests, they have the run of the place and use sound equipment to spot the otherworldly spirits that may be roaming about.

What’s not to like?  Well, the pacing for one.  A thriller where nothing happens is not much of a thriller.  When things finally heat up, it’s a case of too little, too late.  My interest in the proceedings has vanished.

Both Paxton and Healy have gobs of charisma.  Paxton is so photogenic and her acting is so nice that I wish there was more for her to do.  Instead she just wanders about the near-empty hotel, reacting to cheap scares.  Ho hum!

“The Shining” it ain’t.  Grade: C-