The Innkeepers (2011)
The young and talented Sara Paxton and the brilliant Pat Healy play the title characters, who during the final week of their summer jobs as innkeepers at the venerable Yankee Pedlar Inn decide to explore the building looking for the alleged spirit of a young woman who died there some time during the last century. The plot is familiar territory, but the agreeable pace and the quirky and refreshingly natural-acting lead characters give the film weight and integrity. And contrary to many current filmmakers, writer/director Ti West also understands that what you don't show sometimes can be just as scary as what you do show, something that is brilliantly exemplified in the film's most effective scene when Claire and Luke enjoy a creepy moment in the basement together. The film's finale still is a disappointment though. Because when West no longer can lean exclusively on his flair as a director, but actually needs the script to stand out, The Innkeepers unfortunately ends up as formulaic horror - and therefore neither very scary or interesting for seasoned viewers.