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In the tradition of Rosemary s Baby, psychological horror film The Uninvited reveals a new wife who may become a mother whether she wants to or not. Lee (Marguerite Moreau of the new NBC hit Parenthood) has finally recovered from a rare illness akin to agoraphobia. Instead of fearing open spaces, Lee has been frightened by any too-great distance between herself and other objects. So the warm embrace of documentary filmmaker and husband Nick (Colin Hay of the Grammy-winning band Men At Work) has proven the perfect cure. But their fresh start in a quiet, isolated home is shattered by intense visions from Lee s past, an unhinged former assistant of Nick s, Satanists and Lee s growing realization that the forces of evil she senses around her aren t so uninvited after all. Writer-director Bob Badway s film debut offers horror fans the chance to catch a bold new talent in the making. Consider yourself...invited.
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The storyline is "my God this can't be possible" and "What WERE the writers thinking?" awful. The thing is, as a viewer, you're never sure if the home the girl is staying in is actually haunted or whether this is all part of the girls phobia and hallucinations. To give one example, she gets these over the phone therapy sessions but on one occasion the walls start changing and get all weird. Are the ghosts responsible for this change or are the girls phobia issues coming into the picture again? You're constantly deciding -in the most melodramatic way possible- which one it is for the entire film. Since 7 people died in her home, you assume it's ghosts haunting the place but... this phobia means you're never really sure.
This brings me to my next problem- the storyline absolutely *crawls*.Read more ›
It's a mix of Repulsion & Let's Scare Jessica to Death & See No Evil (Mia Farrow.)
But while it borrows from all three films, it never locks into place to tell a coherent story. But there is a solid 40 or 50 mins worth of creep in this, just no payoff.
This one started off in a rather intriguing way, with an extended documentary sequence of the main character, Lee, and her therapy sessions to overcome a crippling fear of open spaces, so bad that in order for her to get across rooms of the house, she has to be face to face with the wall, eyes closed, feeling her way around. And this was apparently triggered by ghosts, or her supposed encounter with a ghost as a child.
After that, we see her in a house with her husband, apparently having recovered. But as soon as her friend tells her over webcam conversation that their house was sight to many old deaths, she starts relapsing and seeing ghosts.
I could've been fooled at this point by the movie being extremely low-budget, but what makes or breaks a director is what they do with what little they have, and the director of this film bombed badly.
Steven Spielberg kept the shark from "Jaws" off screen as much as possible, because he knew that if the audience got a good look at it, they would see how cheaply it was made and it would break the immersion.
This guy does the exact opposite of that.
Similarly, in many horror films that rely on a monster or on ghosts or some sight-gag, they know to keep them quick, sudden, and gone in a flash, rather than lingering too long on the face of a monster. The longer you look at a spooky ghost or monster in a horror movie, it seems, the more you become desensitized to it, no matter horrifying the costume/makeup/prosthetics/CG is.
This guy does the exact opposite of this.Read more ›
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Terrible. The writer/directors name is Bob Badway, which is actually perfect, because you'll want this movie to end in a bad way! A complete waste of time. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by pleasedie1979
I watched it just for Colin, who I adore. None of the film makes sense, explains anything, or is worth seeing unless you're so high that anything will be cool.Published on May 31, 2013 by gekizetsu
We ordered the DVD uninvited one and two and received him within three days both work fantastic. Keep up the good work guysPublished on January 6, 2012 by gage1280
This low budget psychological horror movie is well worth watching. The first half of the movie does a marvelous slow burn and is quite unnerving. Read morePublished on December 9, 2011 by Tom Provost
While not quite worth $20.99 "The Uninvited" is an interesting little film which transcends 89 percent of the "horror" out there these days. Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by J from NY