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Ray Milland (Rick) is the perfectly suave leading man who falls in love with the beautiful Gail Russell, (Stella) a young 20 year old daughter of the mystery spirit who maybe haunting "Windward House", that sits perched upon a tall cliff on the haunted Cornish coast in England. [Oh, yeah, very Gothic!] Milland and his sister (Ruth Hussey) buy the house while on vacation at a heavily discounted price from the stern Commander Beech (Donald Crisp). His granddaughter, Stella, becomes upset with the sale until she is invited to visit the house, by Rick and his sister. From this point on it's "Katie bar the door!" as the house comes alive with mysterious scents, moans, cold spots, and murderous attempts on the life of young Stella.
The movie was produced by Paramount, based on the novel by Dorothy Macardle. It was directed by Lewis Allen and is in glorious black and white. For an on-the-set, studio produced film, it seems very realistic. (Check out the village scenes and the 1937 headlines of Soviet Airmen flying over the pole.) The suspense is well handled and for one of the first times, Hollywood treats hauntings as actually happening instead of laying it on some human pranks at the end of the movie.Read more ›
The film is particularly notable for an "every day ordinary" style: there are no manipulative camera angles or unexpected editing tricks; there is no foreshadowing soundtrack; there are precious few special effects--and by refusing to use such time-honored elements, the story's ghostly elements seem all the more disturbing by comparison. The strong cast, which also includes Donald Crisp, Alan Napier, Cornelia Otis Skinner, is first rate and plays expertly, and Lewis Allen directs with restraint but never allows the pace to drag. THE UNINVITED is not a horror movie by any stretch of the imagination, and viewers who expect to rocked, jolted, shocked, and shuddered will probably be disappointed. But as a traditional ghost story with a mysterious and truly creepy plot it has more than a few chills, THE UNINVITED more than holds it own.
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This is one of the great classics and having it on a DVD format, and all its clarity, even better. A good script, very good acting, and the cast was well chosen for their... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Rich Holtzin
A classic ghost story. Better than many of the current movies being made. Gives me chills every time I watch it.Published 21 days ago by C. Redman
Good story, GREAT acting, spooky and entertaining. Dvd EXCELLENT QUALITY.Published 22 days ago by Ms. Lynn Guest
This is a classic. Brilliant directing and understated acting make this a must for the ghost story fan!Published 27 days ago by Damian
A great, well done, and spooky classic. The perfect addition to your classic movies collection.Published 2 months ago by sara
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|Uninvited Blu-rayRelease date 10/22/2013||
It hasn't been released yet. The reviews are from people who have seen the film or own it on VHS and, like myself, are excited to see it released on DVD/Blu-Ray at long last. This film has never been released on anything other than VHS back in the early nineties and since the advent of DVD in the... Read More
Aug 1, 2013 by W. Mann | See all 10 posts
|will not play on my blu-ray player.||Be the first to reply|