TORRINGTON — Acclaimed Horror film Director Ti West says he got the idea to write and film “Innkeepers” after staying in the Yankee Pedlar while filming another horror flick.
West’s “Innkeepers” is scheduled to makes its silver screen debut in Torrington on February 8 at the Warner theatre and West said Thursday he is working out plans to hopefully be in Torrington for the debut.
“We have a premiere in Chicago leading up the release in Torrington, but after hearing how well the film is being received and how well tickets are selling, hopefully we can get out there,” West said during an interview Thursday afternoon.
While filming 2009’s “The House of the Devil”, West and his crew stayed in the downtown Torrington hotel and got the idea for The Innkeepers. “We were going back and forth to Limerock Park to film and I thought, what better place to film the movie than where we stayed while filming the House of the Devil,” West said. “We wanted to make the film as close to an authentic experience you would get as a visitor to the hotel as well.”
West said he got his start when he was asked to write and direct “The Wicked” in 2001. “It just sort of took off after that,” West said. “People kept asking me to make horror movies and it became like a chain reaction.”
The film was shot entirely at the Yankee Pedlar Inn on Main Street in downtown Torrington and depicts the hotel’s final days being open. Two workers are on a mission to find if the hotel is indeed haunted by the ghost of a woman who killed herself on her wedding day after her husband stood her up. A series of strange events take place as old guests begin to check in. The film stars Sarah Paxton, Kelly McGillis and Pat Healy, and was filmed during the spring and summer of 2010.
West himself said he does not believe in ghosts and has never seen one. “I’ve seen doors open and close on their own, and things like that, but my mind doesn’t jump immediately to a ghost,” he said. “That’s about as close I have come to seeing something.”
West said he did not experience any phenomena while filming in the Yankee Pedlar, long thought to be haunted, this time around. “We spent a lot of time at the hotel and never managed to see anything,” he said.
Off-set, West said he enjoyed filming in Torrington and said the city has a unique style that is ever changing. “There were some stores that were here when we filmed the last time and now there are some new ones, it was a great place to visit and film,” he said.
West said the crew spent times in Litchfield when they were off-set, as well as some local city haunts. “We went bowling a few times; we stopped at Fuji a few times for dinner and enjoyed our time at the Twin Colony Diner as well,” he said.
The film will receive the full red carpet treatment complete with pre- and post parties at the Yankee Pedlar. More information can be found at www.pedlarinn.com.
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