Parents' Guide to

The Innkeepers

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Well-crafted haunted hotel movie has drinking, some gore.

Movie R 2012 100 minutes
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Horror fans who like a little something extra will appreciate this. With his last movie, The House of the Devil, director Ti West earned many fans but turned off many more. His unique rhythms are very simply not for everyone. Like Quentin Tarantino and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), West clearly draws on classic movies of the 1980s and earlier for his inspiration. Rather than delivering blood and gore and jump-shocks on cue, he's more like a magician, deflecting expectations and switching around the payoff.

With THE INNKEEPERS, West has both perfectly followed up his previous film and improved on it. The movie is focused more on brightly lit corridors and rooms than on shadowy darkness. Likewise, this time he has loveable characters, as well as warmth and humor, to help pass the time between unexpected shocks. Paxton is especially good, turning in a disarmingly goofy performance that, in a more mainstream movie, would make her a star.

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