Thirty-one year old director Ti West has emerged recently as one of the most promising filmmakers to tackle the modern American horror scene. After the successful critical release of his 2009 feature The House of the Devil, which was a delightful, yet frightening throwback to the slasher and haunted house sub-genres of the 1970s and 1980s, his next feature yet again tackles the haunted and supernatural aspects which potentially reside in locations all around the world. Except this time, instead of a spooky house within the country, we have a hotel in a seemingly all-American town whose history is due to be explored by two plucky employees before it closes its doors for the very last time. The Innkeepers is due to be released on Video-On-Demand on the 30th of December 2011, and in theaters on the 3rd of February 2012.
“After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees -Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) – are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England’s most haunted hotels. As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage “ghost hunters” begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel’s long unexplained history.”
So, what do you think? Did you enjoy The House of the Devil? Do you think he has another potential hit on his hands, or will The Innkeepers simply fade into horror obscurity as ‘just another haunted [enter location here] movie’?