The Innkeepers just may be one of the best recent horror movies that nobody has seen, although I still haven't seen The House of the Devil so I may be wrong. I hadn't heard of this movie until recently, and as it turns out most people haven't even heard of Ti West either, so I'm not alone. Well, I'd heard of Ti West, but you know what I mean. I hope. This film is great, and Ti West has proved himself to be a director worth watching. It's honestly saddening when I come across hidden gems like this one as it's a film that's gone really far under the radar, yet rubbish like Annabelle and Devil's Due receive wide releases. I shouldn't get surprised as I'm pretty much used to it now, but it still tears me apart a little and that's why I need you to watch this film, there'll be nothing left of me if you don't.
And because I feel like I need to reference yet another famous horror movie, this film takes a Jaws like approach to its scares. They don't appear frequently, but they become more and more common as the film goes on, with the ending giving us everything. It can get incredibly creepy, and Ti West manages to sustain plenty of tension along the way. The first truly scary moment we get is built entirely on suspense and tension, and while there's a few jump scares here and there, these jump scares wouldn't have been nearly as effective if it weren't for the high levels of tension present in the moments beforehand.
As well as Pat Healy giving a good performance, who only plays a supporting character, Sara Paxton does just as good a job. It took me a while to realise it, but she's also Healy's co-star in Cheap Thrills, although unlike Healy, she gives a much better performance in this. Her performance is spot-on, giving her character the occasional child-like characteristics, but also the much needed maturity. Her character is incredibly eager, and her performance is too.
To sum up, The Innkeepers is a highly under the radar horror film with excellent performances from both of the two leads, a slow, but necessary pace and some incredibly suspenseful scares. Ti West is a director us horror fans should look out for.