The Uninvited

January 30th, 2009


The Uninvited

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Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.2/10 (26,907 voted)

Critic's Score: 43/100

Director: Charles Guard

Stars: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks

After the death of her ill mother in a fire, the young teenager Anna tries to commit suicide and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. Ten months later, Anna still cannot remember what had happened on the night her mother died. Her psychiatric Dr. Silberling, however, discharges her telling that she has resolved her issues. Her father and successful writer, Steven, brings her back home in an isolated mansion nearby the coast. Anna finds that her mother's former nurse, Rachel Summers, is her stepmother now. Anna meets her beloved sister, Alex, swimming in the sea. She discovers that Steven has not delivered the letters and CDs that Alex had sent to her. As time moves on, Anna is haunted by ghosts and she believes that Rachel killed her mother. Alex and Anna decide to look for evidences to prove that Rachel is the murderer and Anna discovers the truth about the fire in the boat house.

Writers: Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro

Emily Browning - Anna
Arielle Kebbel - Alex
David Strathairn - Steven
Elizabeth Banks - Rachel
Maya Massar - Mom
Kevin McNulty - Sheriff Emery
Jesse Moss - Matthew Hendricks
Dean Paul Gibson - Dr. Silberling
Don S. Davis - Mr. Henson
Lex Burnham - Iris
Matthew Bristol - David
Danny Bristol - Samuel
Heather Doerksen - Mildred Kemp
Alf Humphreys - Priest (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
Ryan Cowie - Orderly #1

Taglines: Get invited.


Official Website: Official site [Australia] | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 30 January 2009

Filming Locations: Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada

Opening Weekend: $10,325,824 (USA) (1 February 2009) (2344 Screens)

Gross: $28,573,173 (USA) (29 March 2009)

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Did You Know?

Don S. Davis' final theatrical film.

Revealing mistakes: Rachel dumps the large cut of meat onto a board with four sharp prongs after she takes it out of the oven; these boards are designed to skewer the meat so that it will be held still while carving and not move or roll around. Despite this, when Anna bumps into the table, the meat simply rolls off the board - which it could not have done on such a board.

[first lines]
Matt: I love you... I have a condom.

User Review

Surprize, surprise, you can still make a good horror movie

Rating: 9/10

It's not easy to make a horror movie these days. The critics will hate it by definition: their expectations are always high and mostly unsatisfiable. They will call them uninspirational, uninteresting, and not original enough. With time, the horror genre has become an underdog of the movie industry. Prior to watching this movie, I had no knowledge about the plot whatsoever and it turned out to be good for me. I won't beat around the bush: I'm not a horror fanatic, but this one, I enjoyed from the beginning until the very end and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The thing I appreciated the most was the great amount of mystery: at some point the movie becomes more a mystery movie than a horror movie. The plot is interesting at the very least: and it does make you think who the main villain might be. I personally had many guesses and I though I got it right, but the ending surprised me. And there's nothing I enjoy more than an ending I did not see coming. The surroundings are beautiful and the movie is very well shot. Visually, the pictures are very satisfying, another thing you would not expect. The acting is also professional, along the score: all these parts, I have no complaints about. The movie was, for some reasons I don't fully understand, certified as not fresh enough. I do agree, some moments are painfully cliché, but in this case, I found it charming. Isn't it a part of the horror movie to expect that a hand will try to reach you under the bed? It will make you jump in your place either way, so what's the deal? As long it's not cheesy, it's good enough for me. I think that if the creators maybe took a risk and avoided those couple of clichés, the movie would have been praised by critics. But who cares about their opinion anyway? The movie is really enjoyable and if that is what matters to you, don't hesitate and watch it. You won't regret it.


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