A horror film produced and shot in Torrington will host a premier event on Wednesday night across the street from the location that served as its set.
Ti West’s The Innkeepers was filmed at the Yankee Pedlar Inn on Main Street and is set in a fictionalized version of the hotel. The film version of the hotel is known for being “one of New England’s most haunted hotels,” a reputation that two employees explore on the hotel’s closing weekend, the film’s official site says.
Julia Sloan, owner of Brazen Betties, a boutique adjacent to the hotel, told the New York Times there have been rumors that the real-life hotel is haunted as well.
West was inspired to film in the inn after staying there during production of another of his films, The House of the Devil, the article said.
The film stars Sara Paxton and Pat Healy. Paxton is no stranger to the horror genre: she appeared in Dennis Iliadis’ remake of The Last House on the Left in 2009. West, Paxton, and Healy will attend the screening and host a “meet and greet” after the show for those who purchase VIP tickets, a press release from Brazen Betties said.
Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper gave the film a B+ rating on his website, saying the film was “A nice change-up. Not much gore, but some good scares.” However, Rex Reed of The New York Observer gave the film a 2/4, comparing it to “a poor-man’s rip-off” of The Shining.
The film will be screened at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Warner Theater, across the street from the Yankee Pedlar Inn. These will be the only screenings of the film in Connecticut, and tickets are still available for the later showing, a press release said.