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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*. Whenever the girl encounters something that is wrong, get ready for mindless boredom because you'll be sitting there unsatisfied at the lack of suspense as several minutes of nothingness that's supposed to qualify as suspenseful build-up in storytelling occurs. Other than the walls becoming distorted, throughout the film the girl sees weird things such as the volume on her TV and stereo turning up by itself, an old woman coming out of the doorway, and a man strangling her outside. Are these things really happening? Who knows. Who *cares*. There's no reason to care when the suspense isn't there.
But... it gets worse. Hard to believe, isn't it? Apparently the girls husband is involved in some kind of dirty business and has a baby in his possession unbeknownst to the girl, so at the end, for over 30 minutes we have to deal with the slow-moving storytelling of the baby's mother appearing and threatening the girl for her baby back, along with the repercussions of the husband concerning the baby. May sound interesting reading it here on amazon but it's drawn out, poorly executed, poorly acted and poorly written. Poor movie overall. I guess the moral is, if you believe your life is in danger, you can overcome any kind of phobia. I already knew that though.
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.
What started like a study of a woman's mental illness becomes a typical haunted house-type horror movie, complete with ghosts and long sequences in the dark with expected sudden shocks and unsettling violin playing. The problem is, the budget is so low, that the ghosts don't look like ghosts, and there's only about 3 or 4 of them. The old lady ghost that Lee saw as a child was just an old woman with white makeup and blue lips. Nothing in the way the actor moves or stares sells any sort of creepiness or unsettlingness; the only reason we know she's supposed to be a ghost is because Lee said earlier in the film that the boy's grandmother in whose house she was in had died years earlier.
Similarly, there's another sequence by a telephone, and another ghost appears. He is similarly just wearing white makeup, and with random streaks of fake blood over his face, looking like something out of a dramatic stage play, not meant to be realistic or scary, but just to imply "Ghost" while serving a more important role than just standing there and grinning. The camera lingers on him, long enough for us to take him in to make for a decent police sketch artist's interpretation.
Virtually every sequence with a ghost popping up is exactly the same, with cheap, shoddy makeup and costuming, mixed with the director just eager to show off these ghosts long enough to wring out any shock value. If this were in a packed theater, I could easily imagine the crowd screaming as a ghost appeared on screen, with the ghost remaining there long enough for the terror to die down and nervous laughter turning to mocking laughter. And in some sequences, the ghost would STILL BE ON SCREEN, turning that derisive laughter into groans and eye-rolls.
The worst of these offenders involves a woman chewing on a blatantly fake baby arm. This goes on far longer than even makes sense, and piles on to the bad makeup and acting with bad CG in making her disappear from sight.
On top of that, the horror sequences are so disjointed on their own, much less shafted on to an intro that is barely even connected to the horror sequences, and a nonsensical ending with a baby arbitrarily thrown in out of nowhere.