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The Uninvited (2009)

Emily Browning , Arielle Kebbel , Charles Guard , Thomas Guard  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn, Maya Massar
  • Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
  • Writers: Carlo Bernard, Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Kim Jee-woon
  • Producers: Casey Grant, Doug Davison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U0HBQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Uninvited" on IMDb

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From the producers of The Ring and Disturbia comes a nail-biting thriller, The Uninvited. Following the suspicious death of their mother, sisters Anna and Alex become entangled in a deadly battle of wills when their father becomes engaged to Rachel, their mother's former caretaker. As the two sisters investigate Rachel's questionable past, they are confronted with ghostly visions, terrifying nightmares and deadly consequences. All leading to an ending so shocking it will send chills down your spine!

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The china-doll features of Emily Browning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) are the eerie center of The Uninvited, an American remake of the wildly popular Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters. Browning stars as Anna, a young girl being released from a mental hospital following the harrowing death of her mother. But when she returns home, she discovers her father (David Strathairn) has fallen under the sexual spell of her mother's former nurse, Rachael (Elizabeth Banks, Zack and Miri Make a Porno), despite the open hostility of Anna's sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel, John Tucker Must Die). When Anna sees the ghost of her mother point at Rachael and scream "Murder!", Anna and Alex begin to investigate Rachael's past and make some unsettling discoveries. The Uninvited combines two horror trends: Twist endings (in this case, more than one) and recycling Asian horror images (particularly wet, crawling corpses). There's nothing particularly outstanding about The Uninvited, but it's superior to more lackluster Asian horror remakes like One Missed Call. The three lead actresses all have strangely glossy faces that look molded out of plastic, which adds a perhaps unintentional layer of creepiness. --Bret Fetzer




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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy, fun and, yes, kind of scary April 6, 2009
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The Uninvited begins with our protagonist, Anna, in a mental ward after dealing with the emotional trauma of losing her mother in a freak fire. As the film begins, her psychiatrist believes she is ready to go back into the real world and she is allowed to move back in with her father and her older sister, Alex. Unfortunately, father is now seeing Rachel, a nurse who was in charge of Anna's mother. This weird situation is further complicated by the fact that Anna is becoming more and more convinced that her mom wasn't killed in a freak accident...maybe she was murdered.

So if you have watched ghost movies over the last ten or so years, you basically know this film. It hits all of the major plot points, has a couple requisite twists and throws weird scares at you (it is based on a Korean film, you know). I expected all of this. I even expected one twist that I thought was revealed very early on. Even so, the ending still surprised me and I have to say that this film was classy in telling a familiar story. The truth is, there hasn't really been a genre-changing film in the ghost story genre for awhile now. The Uninvited is no different. So, what is important is not what is being told (as there's nothing new under the sun), but how it's told.

Here The Uninvited soars where a lot of recent ghost stories (Unborn, for example) have failed. The storytelling is far classier than it has any right to be, the script is well-written and convincing and the actors are terrific. Emily Browning, playing Anna, practically carries the weight of the film on her slender shoulders. With her forlorn and innocent gaze, you really start to feel for her increasingly desperate plight. Meanwhile, her sister is played perfectly by Arielle Kebbel who brings a sexy older sibling charm to the proceedings.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ ME FIRST June 26, 2010
Format:DVD
DON'T READ ANY OTHER REVIEWS as it may ruin the movie for you. This is a 5 star suspense/drama/horror/mystery. Just go watch it. Knowing about the movie will simply ruin the ending. Trust me. Just watch it, don't even read the box.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't. September 5, 2010
By JGC
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I just watched "The Uninvited" for the first time and I really enjoyed it. It's sort of like 3 movies in one because it is layered with a lot of depth and character development. It's like looking at an intricate picture; each time you stare at it the picture looks different because you're watching it from a different angle.

Emily Browning played Anna impeccably. She totally captured all of the emotion, terror and fear that this young girl was experiencing throughout the entire movie. Elizabeth Banks, playing Rachael (the resident home wrecker) was also wonderful to watch because some of her lines and mannerisms were so outrageous and over-the-top (I loved the part when they had the fancy dinner engagement and she went off in the kitchen).

Some have described "The Uninvited" as a "horror" movie. As someone that has seen my fair share of horror I don't know how much it would fit into that category. The movie is certainly creepy, and very suspenseful and eventful, which had a lot to do with Emily Browning's character and Arielle Kebbel (as her sister Alex) who was also fantastic.

When I first watched this movie I didn't hate the Rachael character as much as I hated the father (David Strathairn). He just seemed so out of touch with his daughters and their own needs and was only thinking of himself. And perhaps to make the story flow a little more seamless the father was often missing in action which allowed the girls and Rachael to take over the burden of rounding out and shaping the plot. But after I watched this movie again I had a much different perspective, he seemed much more multifaceted and dimensional than I had first thought him to be.

"The Uninvited" is currently in rotation on Home Box so if you have a chance to watch it I certainly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of the Decade August 26, 2010
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The Uninvited is an amazingly intense suspense thriller. I must commend the directors, the Guard Brothers, for their incredible work on this film. Their work in this film is equal to that of Alfred Hitchcock, director of many suspense thrillers such as Psycho, Dial "M" for Murder, Vertigo, and The Birds. It's almost as if Hitchcock's spirit was raised from the dead to possess the directors of this movie to make one last effort before he laid to rest forever. But everyone knows that Hitchcock's mark on the world will never fade away, and this movie is proof of that.

This film is about a young woman named Anna (played wonderfully by Emily Browning), who returns home from a mental hospital after her suicide attempt following her mother's death in a boathouse fire while she was ill. She is greeted by her sister Alex (played by Arielle Kebbel), father who is a writer, and his new girlfriend Rachel (played by Elizabeth Banks) who was Anna's mother's nurse. Strange things come to Anna's mind as she adjusts to returning home, such as strange apparitions of her mother, as if trying to warn her of what's to come. This film has an intense surprise ending that one would not even guess till the very end.

The exquisite and intense camerawork, acting, beautiful and mysterious score, and plot that is similar to Hitchcock's Psycho makes this a thriller that I'll be watching for years to come.
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