Innkeepers, The

Featured In Issue 167, May/June 2012

WSR Score2.5
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After over one-hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn in Connecticut is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining Innkeepers—Claire (Paxton) and Luke (Healy)—are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels. As the inn's final days draw near, odd guests start to check in, and the pair of minimum wage "ghost hunters" begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel's long mysterious history. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director/Editor Ti West and Producers Peter Phok and Larry Fessender and 2nd Unit Director/Sound Designer Graham Reznick; commentary with West and Actors Sara Paxton and Pat Healy; a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 07:28); and the theatrical trailer.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is nicely presented with a finely detailed yet filmic textured appearance. The color pallet is naturally hued with strong primaries and convincing realism. Fleshtones are consistently natural in hue as well. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution and clarity are nicely rendered, especially in close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Overall, this is a really great-looking picture, with a natural look that is engaging. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is an effectively creepy affair with deep, rumbling bass in the .1 LFE channel that extends to the sub-25 Hz range. Surround envelopment is engaging, with excellent directionalized atmospherics and sound effects and at times dialogue, which sounds perfectly natural with good spatial integration. The music score is dynamic, with unexpected bursts of energy to enhance the eerie segments. Coupled with the atmospherics and haunting sound effects, the soundtrack is well crafted to create tension. This is a dynamic presentation with a powerful subwoofer presence that punctuates the storytelling. (Gary Reber)