College drop-outs Claire and Seth are amateur paranormal investigators who are spending one last night in a supposedly “haunted” hotel manning the front desk and taking care of the few remaining guests. The two spend most of their time either trying to scare one another, eating, or playing with their paranormal equipment. Following several creepy incidents, the two become convinced that the rumors of ghosts are true and they make it their mission to capture otherworldly phenomenon before the hotel is turned into a parking lot.
Ti West’s latest lacks the suspense and powerful punch of 2009’s wonderful “House of the Devil”. Nevertheless it is still enjoyable, largely due to the two excellent leads as well as the sublime atmosphere and camerawork. The Innkeepers retains the look of House of the Devil including long, low tracking shots and extended stretches of silence, which are punctuated by occasional ‘scares’ (e.g. a moment near a piano made me jump off the couch). In the end, however, little happens in The Innkeepers; the climax is all too brief/disappointing and several questions remain unanswered.