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The Invoking (2013)

Josh Truax , D'Angelo Midili , Jeremy Berg  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Josh Truax, D'Angelo Midili, Trin Miller, Andi Norris, Brandon Anthony
  • Directors: Jeremy Berg
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GOITWVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Jeremy Berg, Producer Matt Medisch, and Writer/Producer John Portanova
  • Commentary with Actors Trin Miller, D’Angelo Midili, and Andi Norris
  • Behind the Scenes Documentary

  • Editorial Reviews

    Review

    After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, Samantha Harris (Trin Miller) and three friends head to rural Sader Ridge to inspect the property. Soon after arriving, Sam begins to experience horrific visions of savage brutality and unspeakable evil. Plagued by the sinister forces closing in around her, Sam descends into a waking nightmare when the demons from her past refuse to stay buried any longer.

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    After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, Samantha Harris (Trin Miller) and three friends head to rural Sader Ridge to inspect the property. Soon after arriving, Sam begins to experience horrific visions of savage brutality and unspeakable evil. Plagued by the sinister forces closing in around her, Sam descends into a waking nightmare when the demons from her past refuse to stay buried any longer.

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    2.0 out of 5 stars FATHER KNOWS BEST February 21, 2014
    Format:DVD
    Sam (Trin Miller) inherits a house owned by her aunt. It is one she lived in as a child until five when her parents put her up for adoption. Her memory of the place is worse than a Watergate defendant. Her friends include Mark (Brandon Anthony), her ex-boyfriend who just broke up with his girlfriend. Roman (Josh Truax)is bummed out because Caitlin (Andi Norris) who has all the decent lines is leaving for six months. We really don't know what the heck their relationship is. Eric (D'Angelo Midili) is the caretaker. He remembers Sam, but doesn't give her any important details as why she was put up for adoption at five. All three guys are loosely and sadly based on the creepiness of Norman Bates. Is there a writer in the house?

    Things escalate as Sam sees and hears things blending the past with the present. The green monster complicates matters among all the testosterone. At an hour into the film you get your first WTF moment as someone slips out of character...or perhaps into character.

    The downfall of the film is that it creates only one decent character, Caitlin. The ending becomes bizarre and doesn't offer up any real closure, except what the audience might surmise. The film for the most part was boring. The ending should have brought the story together and gave meaning to all those boring parts. And what was that abandoned building they stopped at in the beginning? It looked like the dome of a small experimental reactor. A good script would have tied this stuff together, instead we get the sloppiness too often found in indie productions, i.e. let's start shooting and see what looks good afterwards.

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    Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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    12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Independent Thriller! December 20, 2013
    Format:DVD
    I got to see this film while it was at a film festival, and it was a really fun and suspenseful movie. While it gets off to a leisurely start, that's all the better for character development, in my book. The tension builds throughout the film and it really plays more like a mystery unfolding, but with definite horror/mystical aspects to it. If you want your thrillers with excellent story and character and don't need gratuitous action (there IS action, it just corresponds honestly with the story), then this would be a great choice for you. Most of the acting, story and direction are very good, but the acting by D'Angelo Midili is really the scene-stealer in this release--see him now before he becomes a big star!!! This film is well worth a look!
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    Southern gothic supernatural thrillers seem to be gaining some momentum lately. "Last Kind Words" and "A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia" immediately come to mind. The middle of nowhere is a cheap and easy place to make a movie. There's no denying that there's very little creepier than the darkness of the woods and the isolation felt in a rural setting. RLJ Entertainment's "The Invoking" is another fine example of what can be done with a small budget in the backwoods of any state's countryside.

    Samantha Harris and her friends embark on a trip to visit a house she's inherited from a family she's never met. As soon as they arrive, Samantha starts having terrifying visions she can't explain. Are these haunting experiences trying to reveal something about her forgotten past? Can she trust the young man commissioned to watch over her new property as he slowly opens up to Samantha about their past friendship she can't remember?

    Producer/Director/Co-writer Jeremy Berg knows how to drum up scares without the use of fancy special effects and CGI. His style is reminiscent of Hitchcock and the likes. He works more on your nerves and jump scares than most new filmmakers. Sometimes having less money to work with makes you try harder to create genuine scares without the crutch of modern technology.

    There are some impressive special features included in the DVD version of "The Invoking." Two audio commentary tracks are provided with the actors, writers, producers, and Director Jeremy Berg. A "Behind the Scenes" documentary really makes you appreciate the effort the filmmakers and cast put into making this movie in record time on a micro-budget.
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    2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Should've been called The Insulting March 10, 2014
    Format:DVD
    Because 2 1/2 star is being too generous IMO. The acting wasn't very good except for star Trin Miller, Hence why I gave it one star. It also moved too slow. And more than one loose end wasn't tied up. Waste of money.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Kiosk <1 March 9, 2014
    Format:DVD
    Who writes the plot summaries for movies. Some writers who do this are either being paid well or have an honesty issue. Any film put out by "Ruthless Pictures" immediately reeks of cheap.
    1. No subtitles; poor inconsistent audio level control.
    2. Lots of wasted time (50% of the movie?) watching people drive around; sit; stand; sit some more and really cheap mood enhancement technique of prolonged shots of trees and more trees. I will admit that without leaves these trees looked pretty dead.
    3. Acting and dialogue was the usual cheap memorize a short line say it for the camera; edit; shoot the next short memorized line; on and on and on.
    4. The old standby assistant to the hand held shaky camera was having an actor carry around a Goodwill/pawn shop castoff cassette tape recorder. Why? Who knows. Well, he did like to record sounds for some inexplicable reason which ended up being more wasted film time and went nowhere.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy ... creepy ... creepy :-)
    If you like creepy and suspense, you will like this film. I normally don't like this kind of film, but this one was worth the chills. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by primalux
    2.0 out of 5 stars Had definate potential...but...
    After reading several reviews of The Invoking online, I, being a horror fan, duly watched the film. I must say that I was underwhelmed with the frights. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by anaxamander
    5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and chilling film
    The Invoking is an extremely well-made and well-acted independent horror film. The film is evocative of many of the classic slow-burn horror films from the 70s such as "Let's... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jeffry Ferrell
    4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Creepy!
    I am by no means an expert critic on movies, but having said that I believe that this movie is well worth watching. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jason Ellison
    2.0 out of 5 stars grade c film
    I agree with the movie guy's review of this film...the characters become insufferable after awhile and the outdoor photography and impending sense of doom was about all I could... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by andy
    1.0 out of 5 stars So beyond bad that it's NOT even good!
    I never thought there would be a “horror/thriller” (whatever you want to call it), that would be so lackluster, that I would end up falling asleep repeatedly, but that’s what... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Raj
    1.0 out of 5 stars Seems more "student project" then Indie Horror.
    I read about this movie on a horror site (can't remember which), so I decided to check it out. Let me tell you,...it was a STRUGGLE to make it through this. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by ahoffoss
    5.0 out of 5 stars independent horror master piece
    I was fortunet enough to see the film in 2012. I was blown away by the writing and character delopement. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Pickel
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly well acted, freaky movie.
    The character development in this film is phenomenal. The story progresses well and there is zero downtime. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Bolton
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