The Innkeepers’ (2011)
Indie director Ti West turned to the haunted house movie with this throwback about an old New England inn on its last night before shutting down. The wage-slave banter between Sara Paxton and Pat Healy as the stewards of this nearly empty hotel recalls “Clerks,” but West dredges up a dark history that expresses itself one final time before the sun comes up. As he does with his retro-’80s horror movie, “The House of the Devil,” West delivers a slow-as-molasses film that builds dread deliberately until its explodes in the final act.
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