Who doesn’t love a haunted hotel? They’re right up there with haunted ships when it comes to ghost movies, and The Innkeepers fits nicely into that category. It’s about two hotel employees who are working the last few nights before the hotel closes. They’re both interested in ghosts, and this is their last opportunity to search for the ghosts that are rumored to haunt the building. At first there’s a whole lot of nothing, just the two employees accidentally scaring each other, but the main character persists in her search, and eventually things start to happen.
Don’t let the trailer fool you, though. The movie doesn’t have a lot of scary moments, and the pacing is pretty slow but not in a bad way. The movie starts out kind of light and is a bit silly at first, but then it has a big shift in tone at the end. I’m still undecided if it’s a good movie with a bad ending or just an enjoyably horrible movie. It does some things well in the beginning, and I’m not entirely sure if they’re accidental or deliberate. For example, the way the beginning is shot and the way pacing works in the first act creates a sensation of what it would be like working the night shift at this hotel, and it lets you feel like you know the characters, but was that intentional? I don’t know! I might be looking for depth where there is none. It’s a good movie to watch while knitting, none the less.