Pat Healy, star of The Innkeepers gets nostalgic with Strange Kids Club! Plus an Innkeepers Giveaway!

Pat Healy loves movies. He lives for them. It makes sense that he would carve his living out of the film industry in one way or another. Nowadays he spends most of his time as a screenwriter but you’ll recognize him from past acting performances in cult films like GhostWorld and  Magnolia and now in one of his latest roles in Ti West’s The Innkeepers. He plays Luke, one of two front desk clerks holding down the fort at the Yankee Pedlar Inn in its last weekend of operation.

In honor of the release on The Innkeepers on DVD and Blu ray on Tuesday, April 24th we wanted to take a few moments to get nostalgic with Pat Healy about the beginnings of his lifelong obsession with the cinema. A bit of fore-warning, these questions might seem a bit disjointed, but they were taken from a broader interview wherein we spoke a lot about The Innkeepers, but for the purpose of this piece we stuck to some questions that fit more in line of the Strange Kids Club theme. Read Pat’s answers so you can answer the trivia question and have a shot at winning an awesome Innkeepers gatefold which includes a Blu ray copy of the film!

Do you remember your first experience watching a horror movie?

I do remember. Easily. It was the original The Blob. I didn’t make it through the first five minutes. As soon as the goo touches his hand, I bolted right up and ran out of the room. And ya know…I honestly can’t say I’ve ever finished watching it. I mean, obviously now as an adult I could do it, but I don’t think I’ve ever revisited it.

Do you have any early memories of other films that impacted you as a kid?

I can remember being 6 years old and watching One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and not having any idea that Jack Nicholson was an actor. I mean, it’s not like I had any grasp of what a documentary would’ve been either but it was a real thing to me, a real thing that ws happening. Then finding out that it was a movie, just a made-up story and this guy was acting, it just blew my mind. Granted I shouldn’t have seen that movie at 6 years old (chuckles), but I’m glad I did because I was just like “Wow, that is amazing!”

You and your brother, Jim Healy* both have a strong love for film. Where did this come from?

That’s a good question. They actually did a whole article on us in the Madison paper a few months back when I was there about this very thing.  My parents are both very cultured people, they both worked corporate jobs but loved movies and music and literature and theater and all of these things and those were always in our house. My youngest brother and my oldest brother were always into music and Jim and I loved movies. My whole family loves movies, but Jim and I starting at a really young age, about the time I was 7 and he was 9,  we were reading the Siskel & Ebert reviews in the paper and riding our bikes to the mall and taking a bus to the theater. We just loved them. And we were one of the first families in our town to have this thing called OnTV which was before cable television. We’d watch all the films there and then we’d watch everything on network television, sometimes with our parents there and sometimes alone. Then we started buying books about them and reading about them. I think at that point we both knew- I was primarily focused on acting, and I knew I wanted to make them and he knew he wanted to watch them and talk about them and  discuss and present them. We’re both doing exactly what we knew we wanted to do when we were little kids. I don’t know too many people who can say that, but we’ve always known what we wanted to do and it’s really only been fairly recently that we realized that’s what happened.  I don’t know what it is that’s so special about it to us, but it just got us at the right time. Maybe it’s just in our DNA, who knows?

*Note: Jim Healy is a former programmer of the Dryden Theater at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, current programmer of UW Cinematheque in Madison, WI.

You have been in some very well known films, namely GhostWorld and Magnolia. Do you get recognized a lot for those films?

It’s so funny because at the time that those films came out, everyone hated them. Not critically, but audiences hated them. Nobody went to see them. But over time they have become hugely popular and they are very important to people. And I am proud to be a part of them. I remember being at this one festival, and this one guy was wearing a Fight Club shirt, and we were talking about GhostWorld and Magnolia  and I was thinking about that. At the time, no one cared, and now they’re so well known.

We want to thank Pat  for his time while out on the road promoting his new film Compliance…and now… CONTEST TIME!

Innkeepers Giveaway

Answer this question by leaving a comment along with your email address…

At what age did Pat watch One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest for the first time?

The winner will be contacted by May 2nd! And don’t forget The Innkeepers is available on DVD and Blu ray Tuesday, April 24th!

Written by Kristy Jett

Executive Director of Service & Sass for Fright Rags. Writer for HorrorHound Magazine. Spearheader of the Popcorn (1991) dvd/blu ray re-release campaign. Head of offline promotions for Before The Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon. The best friend you could ever want, the worst enemy you could never need. Drinks juiceboxes, wears headbands. Loves Thom Mathews more than most of his former girlfriends do.

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  • Ben

    6 years old

    • Ben

      v-bewelt (at) microsoft (dot) com

  • Six years old!

  • Mario

    6 years old.
    As he said, maybe a little too early to see a movie like that. But…
    When i saw A history of violence at the theater , there was a father with her 5 or 6 years old little daughter watching the movie (I saw them at the end of it, so they had seen the whole movie). Father of the year.

    • I saw Gremlins when I was 7 or 8 – scared the living crap out of me – but it’s made me the strange kid I am today. Thanks mom and dad!

  • Six years old!

  • Adam Holtzapfel

    6 years old

    aholtzapfel at yahoo dot com

  • Mike Dobrzelecki
  • Austin Green
  • Great interview! I’m a big fan of the Innkeepers movie 🙂

  • Tim Gehrke

    He was 6. My email is mrdurden 21 at hotmail dot com.

  • Spencer Kilpatrick

    He was six years of age. When I’ve won, you can reach me at

  • He was six years of age! Six years young! Six years old!

  • Jon h.

    he was 6 years old. Got to start somewhere. My email is

  • Ryan Marshall

    6. Years. Old.

  • Ronald Oliver

    Pat was 6 years old when he first saw One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Also, thanks for having the giveaway! it’s appreciated by a kid at heart! 😀

    My email addy: oliverspendulum (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Tyler

    He was 6. Thanks for the interview!I Loved the movie!

  • supervillian

    “I can remember being 6 years old” ….i would say judging by the photo of him that since he dosnt remember to comb his hair, that he has a bad memory, so i would vote it was probably a year later….

    he was 7 years old….you all are wrong

    please send the winning products and earnings to muideka @

  • Kaan A.

    Pat was 6 years old. Sweet interview! So excited to see this movie!

  • Sutton Smith

    6, great movie to be influenced by!

  • Nick

    6 year’s old. heavymetalnick (at) 702com (dot) net

  • Mike E

    That would be the age of 6.

  • Marissa
  • Dustin

    Six years old. This was a really informative interview, and it just makes me want to see the film even more. I’m a huge fan of Ti West!

  • 6 years old

  • dan c

    6 years old.

  • Margaret Rushton
  • Ryan

    6 years old

  • Mary Bart

    He was 6 years old when he watched it… (

  • Alex Spivey

    6 years old.
    I promise this won’t end up on eBay. I would kill for it.

  • Ken Guzzetti

    6 years old

  • Oh my, there are * a lot* of answers already! *Keeping fingers crossed* The answer is 6 years old.

    I’ve enjoyed all of the interviews and posts about the movie. Thanks for doing this!

    horrorwrtiercontest AT gmail DOT com

    • Oops, I screwed up my own email address.

      horrorwritercontest (AT) gmail (DOT) com

      Sorry about that.

  • Zach Anderson

    Six years old. Can’t wait to see West’s follow-up to House of the Devil!

  • Steve

    6 years old

  • ron

    cool interview, pat was 6!

  • Jesse Nelson

    He was 6 years old. Orders at

  • Rob Curtis

    6 years old, hope this comp is open to me as I live in the UK! & I need this in my collection.

  • Rob Curtis

    6 years old, hope this comp is open to me as I live in the UK! & I need this in my collection.
    sorry heres my email

  • 6 YEARS OLD! 🙂

  • Aaron

    6 Years Old!

  • Michael

    6 years old

  • 6 years old. every_single_second AT

  • Chris Sanford

    6 Years Old

  • Joe

    6 years old for One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. Ghost World was kind of creepy. Very good movie. Buscemi of course was creepy. I also fell in love with Scarlett because of that film. Can’t wait to see Innkeepers.

  • John

    6 years old!

  • Brandon F.

    6 years old!

  • Morgan

    he was 6 years old. my email is

  • James

    6 years old.

  • Gary Campbell

    Pat was six years old his first seeing the film.

  • Ashley Self

    Age 6

  • Vishnu (@zombivish)

    6! He was six!

  • 6 years old. markwilson12 at gmail dot com

  • Stephen N.

    AGE 6

  • Michael W.

    6 Years old.

  • Alberto Giovannelli

    Pat was six years old

  • Steve

    6 years old! Woooooooooo!

  • caleb

    Ole Patty was 6 years old!

  • Trevor

    What is 6 years old for the win!!!!

  • adam roberts
  • Jeff Rego

    He was 6 years old (!).

  • Age 6

  • 6 years old! The number of the beast…oh. wait. Just 6!

  • Ray

    Pat was 6 years old when he first seen “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”.

  • Daniel M

    six years old

  • Daniel Sardella

    6 years old.

  • Josh

    6 years old, I think I saw krull or something rad like that when I was 6.

  • Six years old!

  • Tracy Maniccia

    6 years old

  • AnnaZed

    Little Pat Healy was only 6 years old when he saw ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’; which says something about his parents. I don’t know what, but something.

    • AnnaZed

      annazed10 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Chaz Walter

    Six years old.

  • David
  • He was 6! Can’t wait to add that gatefold to my collection!

  • Don of the Dead

    6 years old

  • At age 6 =)

  • Six yrs Old!

  • Jon Fassnacht

    6 years old.

  • Age 6. :0) Sadly, I didn’t see it until I was in my 30s. I read the book when I was about 14 though. 😀

    Terrific and fun interview! The whole experience with The Blob totally reminded me of my reaction to Critters, when the first Critter attacks a cop. I freaked and ran, hahaha. 😀

    • silverpsycho @ …I wasn’t sure if the e-mail had to be visible within a comment.

  • Rondal

    Congratulations to Mary Bart, our Grand Prize winner of the Innkeepers Giveaway!! Mandy, your prize is on the way. 😀