Why You Should Watch: The Innkeepers

From IMDb: 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.

What I love about this movie is the way it perfectly captures what its like to be young and bored at a job. The dull repetition punctuated by interesting, amusing, and occasionally uncanny moments. And how it slowly turns into an incredibly suspenseful ghost story.

Our two main characters are Claire and Luke. Like plenty of coworkers they probably wouldn’t interact otherwise, but working the same job has brought them together and they share a pleasant enough camaraderie. Their realistic dialogue makes the movie relatable, and lulls you into forgetting you are watching a horror film. Because they have ample time on their hands, they spend a lot of their workday ghost hunting. Claire is intrigued by the supernatural, and is particularly interested in the haunted history of the Yankee Pedlar Inn. Before they close the inn down for good, Claire wants to find proof of a ghostly spirit.

The film creates an atmosphere of mundane boredom. When the tone shifts it is unusually startling because the movie has primed you to think all it has in store are cheap, predictable jump scares. Its scares work all the better because you feel like you have been dropped into Claire and Luke’s routine.

This also features, if nothing else, a hilarious cameo by Lena Dunham who plays a barista at the coffee shop across the street from the inn. Whether you love or hate Lena Dunham, you will appreciate this moment.

The Innkeepers is quirky, a little slow, and refreshingly unique. It is definitely worth a shot if you like supernatural horror.

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