There should be no mistaking it at this point; I am a big, big fan of Ti West and his films. I think he's not only one of the most interesting, but one of the most important independent filmmakers working today, both in and outside of the horror genre. His latest film, the haunted hotel chiller The Innkeepers, has been scaring the hell out of people on the global festival circuit since its world premiere at the SXSW film festival earlier this year and now that its release plan has become official (VOD December 30th, 2011; Theatrical February 3rd, 2012), Magnet Releasing have released their first trailer for the film as well as a new poster for it, which you can see in hi-res glory if you click on the small version to your right.
And a damned fine trailer it is, and notable since this the first trailer for any of his films that West hasn't edited himself. It doesn't quite show off the humor side of film, which mixes comedy and horror brilliantly, but it does highlight the dread incredibly well. If you were a fan of his last film, The House of the Devil, you're going to love The Innkeepers. I know it hasn't exactly been a stellar year for horror, but even if the competition were stronger and larger, this would still be the best horror movie of 2011 (sorry, Attack the Block). It's just that good.
"After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees -Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat 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 check in as 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 unexplained history."