Inspiration can come from strange places. The seeds for Ti West’s new film “The Innkeepers” were sewn while he was making his last film, the creepy horror throwback “The House of the Devil.” While West and his crew shot “Devil,” they stayed at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, where everyone witnessed some weird stuff and experience intense, vivid dreams. We’re not talking full-torso vaporous apparitions or anything, just bulbs burning out constantly, doors shutting on their own, that sort of stuff. All the creepiness in such a drab setting inspired West to write “The Innkeepers,” a horror comedy about a couple of wage slaves (Sara Paxton and Pat Healy) who start investigating legends of ghosts at the hotel they work at. That hotel? The same Yankee Pedlar Inn that inspired the film, playing itself with a minimal amount of set dressing.
West stopped by the Crossroads House, where I got to talk to him about what exactly made the Pedlar so spooky, whether they saw any paranormal activities during the shoot, and where he sees his career going in the future.