Sara Paxton and Director Ti West THE INNKEEPERS Interview

     February 2, 2012

Sara Paxton and Director Ti West THE INNKEEPERS Interview slice

While Ti West is not yet a household name he is a strong brand and a seal of quality. Beginning with the ultra-low budget The Roost before moving on to Trigger Man, House of the Devil and the troubled Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, West has spent the last decade producing a string of high quality creepers that recall Edgar Allen Poe and The Dulpass Brothers in equal measure.

Hitting theaters tomorrow after a VOD run is his new film, The Innkeepers, which West acutely describes as, “A charming ghost story.” Like most of West’s previous films, it is an understated and moody horror yarn that focuses more on characters than it does on blood, guts and jump scares. It’s a real gem if you’re willing to step outside the expected genre conventions.  Recently, I sat down with West and his star Sara Paxton to discuss the film. During the interview we talked about the movie’s indie stylings, meta jump scares, what it’s like to work with a director who also acts, West’s role in the upcoming (and also exceptional) slasher You’re Next and much, much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, for more on The Innkeepers, click here.

Sara Paxton and Director Ti West

  • West discusses how the film was designed as a “Charming ghost story” set in the world of work-a-day slackers.
  • Paxton explains how this role is the closest she has ever played to herself.
  • Talk about the ‘meta jump scare’ that begins the movie.
  • Paxton talks about not knowing that the jump was coming on set.
  • Musings on the differences between a smaller indie film and Shark Night 3D and Cabin Fever 2.
  • West talks a bit about You’re Next and the advantages of working with an actor/director.
  • More discussion of You’re Next.


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  • Mr Oroz

    I’m sorry Collider but this movie effing reeked. Theres a limit to the terms ‘subtle’ and ‘minimal’. Nickelodeons show ‘Are you Afraid of the Dark’ produced better episodes than this wet napkin of a movie.

  • Buck

    this movie SUCKED…………plain and simple

  • b

    They’re the Duplass brothers, not Dulpass

  • Sugreev2001

    Loved this movie…miles better than House of The Devil imo.Pat Healy stole the movie.Kelly McGillis was just about okay and Sara Paxton was definitely the best she’s ever been.

  • WEV

    Charming? This film had none, it had not much of anything to be honest. This movie was atrocious, it was utterly dull and boring, cinematography was flat and uninventive, the characters were poor and stupid and the acting worse, the film score ruined nearly every scene that i assume was supposed to be tense but instead plastered over with some horrendous music taking away the build up, the pace was brain numbing and the story underwhelming, the ghosts looked terrible, but the worst crime more than anything else is it lacked any atmosphere, nor did it chill or provide any decent scares.
    I don’t care what you say, charming or comedic, a ghost story should still attempt to scare and chill the audience! You will actually see all the “scary” moments & ghost shots in the trailer, no joke!

    Maybe on paper it would have seemed like a “charming” idea, but this is a poorly executed film, sorry. I thought there was far more charm in The Others, watch that instead!

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