Ti West’s upcoming new thriller
Interview magazine visited the set of Ti West’s The Innkeepers and returned with a full report and a series of images. Here’s a sampling of their article.
Enough so, West says, that he was inspired to start a script during the stay about two employees who may or may not be experiencing a paranormal encounter on the eve of the inn’s closure. “Since we’ve returned, lights have turned off and on by themselves in my room. My phone rang and no one was on the line, which the hotel staff says happens all the time. There are nights when I wake up in my room and it feels like somebody is in there.” Yeah, we tease, and this makes for kooky press. “Yeah, but when I’m on other movies or I’m at home, it’s never like this. Then again, I’m working 12-to-15 hour days, so it’s hard to say. Ask around, though. Almost everyone [in tbe cast and crew] is having really fucked up nightmares and vivid dreams. Let me know if you guys do. It’s a strange place.”
The story is centered around the final two employees working in a haunted hotel before it goes out of business. After over one hundred years in business, The Yankee Pedlar Hotel is about to close its doors for good. The last remaining clerks, Claire (Sara Paxton), a twenty something that has come to terms with her lot in life, and Luke (Pat Healy), a computer-smart loner, are convinced that the hotel is haunted and are determined to prove it. As time ticks down to the final days of operation, mysterious guests check in including Leanne Rease-Jones (Kelly McGillis), a former TV actress turned psychic, and an old man insistent on staying in room 353. As several strange occurrences begin to add up, both Claire and Luke must make the crucial decision on what to believe and what not to believe…