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The Uninvited (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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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As far as old-time horror goes this is spectacular you actually do get scared if you watch this movie in the darkPublished 8 days ago by Hope Rubi
Great old classic movie with wonderful acting and story line. Probably one of the best ghost stories of the scary variety (unlike the wonderful "The Ghost and Mrs. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Gail A.
This is an old movie.. It's not the kind of scary movie designed to give you nightmares. It is in black and white. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Arlene W., Davis
My favorite ghost story. I have seen this numerous times and still get chills.Published 12 days ago by Paula Meyer
My mom's favorite movie. Glad to have it on CD finally for her. She wore out the video cassette.Published 15 days ago by M. K. Tate