The Uninvited

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how good this film was. Now, I am not saying that we have to call the American Film Institute to get them to amend their Top 100 Films of All-Time list but it was better than expected. Maybe it was because first-time directors Charles and Thomas Guard relied more on atmosphere rather than gore to scare us. It has an old-fashioned feeling to it. This is more of a squeamish person friendly horror film. They will still be scared at times but won't get grossed out. In other words they will be able to get through the film.

Anna (played by Emily Browning) is a 16-year-old girl who has had a tough time of it lately. Her mother has died in a fire and Anna had tried to commit suicide shortly afterwards. Due to this, Anna was put in a psychiatric hospital. After she is released she returns to her father's (played by David Strathairn) house in Maine and finds out that he is dating a younger woman, Rachel (played by Elizabeth Banks), who was actually her mother's nurse. Needless to say, Anna and the new girlfriend do not exactly hit it off.

Anna's dislike for her father's girlfriend grows when the decaying corpse of her mother visits her to warn her about Rachel being a murderer. Soon a whole family of dead kids appears to her as well warning that Rachel killed them as well. When Anna's attempts to try to turn to her older sister Alex (played by Arielle Krebble) fail, she begins to feel more and more alienated. There is nowhere for Anna to turn as Rachel has taken over the running of the house. How is she going to be able to stop Rachel from killing her whole family?

Oddly enough as opposed to many films, especially of this genre, The Uninvited actually improves as it goes along. The idea of Anna as the teenager with problems or the outsider always makes you doubt what she believes. Is Anna totally out of touch with reality? Is Rachel a cold-blooded killer and a golddigger? This causes the tension to build and build. It is also less mindless than most recent horror films. This is nothing that you haven't seen before and the twist ending is a little lame, but still an enjoyable film overall.

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