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The Uninvited

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6.31 h 27 min2009X-RayPG-13
AMC Presents: A ghost warns a young woman about her father's fiancee.
Directors
Thomas GuardCharles Guard
Starring
Elizabeth BanksEmily BrowningArielle Kebbel
Genres
Horror
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English [CC]
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English
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Producers
Doug DavisonCasey GrantMichael GrilloRoy LeeLaurie MacDonaldWalter F. ParkesRiyoko Tanaka
Studio
AMC Plus Horror
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

1167 global ratings

  1. 73% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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A. GonsalvesReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't just watch it once, watch it a few times but give it a few months in between. You'll thank yourself later.
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I watched this movie, first, a year after it came out (2010). I bits of it later on that year and figured out a little bit more. This is the kind of movie you MUST watch at least three times to make sense of the whole thing. Such a well put-together movie! All the little elements line up, yet are hidden so well. I won't spoil anything for anyone who hasn't seen it. The plot is great! I haven't seen the original movie that this is based on (The Tale of Two Sisters) but this was good enough for me. You get the horror, the suspense, the mystery, you can be a detective and put pieces together, and talk about jump scares! Watch this at night with no lights on and (in this day and age) plug in your headset. You'll be in for a real treat. The score is awesome as well. As I type this, one more VERY key ingredient of the movie just opened a door. WOW. I love this movie! Oh and Emily Browning <3
33 people found this helpful
DavesNotHereManReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
I just don't get the hype...
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There are some really rave reviews here, which after seeing this film, had me thinking they were actually reviewing another film...and these were accidental. There is another film of the same name and clearly a Korean film this one was touted as based on (haven't seen it yet), so it actually seemed plausible. But, no...these are actual reviews of this film from actual people as far as I can tell. I find myself in a minority saying I struggled to make it through this one and started to give up by the halfway point. It's basically sort of like if Disney decided to make a safe little foray into horror. Something they will probably never do, because...well that would be ridiculous. To my point: The scares were just not there, the characters and story are on the safest side of a PG rating, the "amazing plot twist" was sort of obligatory, and the acting intensity is fair to ok across the boards. In fact at various points it almost seemed as if a burst of laughter was about to occur from the cast...or had occurred in a prior take and was being suppressed. Basically even cast and crew aren't buying this stuff as original or scary. I just don't get why so many are rating this 5 stars. It appears they are not too keen on actual horror movies and this one is really safe and easier to digest and go on record as enjoying? Like, Yay! I did it, I watched a real live scary movie! I'm so proud of myself I'm going to give it the highest rating! Wee! For more intrepid horror fans, this is something to sleep to...or better yet, as it might give you sickly sweet and naive nightmares in the process...don't bother and find something better than a barely spooky teen drama about the "semi-dark and marginally troubled" hanna montana sisters.
15 people found this helpful
EmReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Lots and Lots of Stupid
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This is not a horror movie and not exactly chilling. I was annoyed at the silly stuff that can't be explained. Why were the Kemp children left out in the open by a trail? The sheriff couldn't find them? But everyone knows the story, without the bodies? Why didn't the guy in the sheriff's costume do any police work? He could barely remember child murders in his backyard? What does a 3 strand pearl necklace prove? Even if they weren't crazy popular and on every woman's neck, what could she have been charged with? Shoplifting? Why didn't the girl(s) remove the evil stepmother's pharmacy? Is she supposed to have killed the delivery guy? Did she throw trees off the cliff? How is blocking him from making deliveries keep him away from Anna? I assume she can walk to town.

How convenient that obliging ghosts stick around to tell Anna what's up (a really desperate deus ex machina). The makeup for the mom ghost was especially bad. This should have been a believable thriller or a creature feature, not both.

The acting was good, except for David Strathairn. He was wasted in this movie. I watched him playing a clueless, catatonic, p*ssy whipped dotard. He deserved better.

Elizabeth Banks was wonderful. She was blatantly evil (in Anna's eyes) but so subtle at the same time. Who knew that sweet Elizabeth Banks could be so scary. The actor who played Anna was also very good. Alex was too. The problem is not with the acting. .

Sorry, this movie had such dumb moments that I couldn't enjoy it. Again, it was a shame David Strathairn agreed to do this movie. See him in Dolores Claiborne for a real treat: he and Kathy Bates tied to each other.But that's another movie.

You might enjoy this one since many people gave it good reviews. Both thumbs down for me. I gave it 3 stars for the acting.
11 people found this helpful
Ripley7700Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining, with some major flaws
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I appreciate what I think they were trying to do with this movie, but the ending still felt like a sucker punch to me. Yes, it “makes sense” superficially, but that doesn’t mean it’s a great plot. There is a line somewhere between playing on an audience’s anticipations, experience, and logic and outright using them. This movie crosses that line, IMO. If you go back and watch good twisty movies, the whole movie backs up the final twist. This one? Just a slap in the face. I mean, why all the ghosts and why do they do what they do? To me, this use of gratuitous ghosts ranks up with cheap jump scares. The Haunting (1963) shows how to do this in a better way.

I also think this movie tried to cover too many genres. Like other reviewers noted, this probably would have been better if they had stuck with psycho thriller and left the creepy CGI stuff out.

I’ll also note that I’m prejudiced in favor of liking this movie because I have a soft spot for Browning - not because I’m a man (because I’m not) but because she was the little girl from both Ghost Ship and Darkness Falls. I thought she was even better here, and I probably would have liked the movie less if a different actress were cast as Anna.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Flops
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The mc is weak, colorless, and not very bright. The gold digger was obviously trying to flatter her with the "you're the strong one BS." Maybe that was the writer's way of admitting to the audience, in a kind of aside, how weak a character she was. But why was she so boring in the first place? The wild, more intelligent sister is more likable, but...no spoilers. The so-called father is utterly repulsive and despicable, garnering zero sympathy. That part of the story was predictable, making the whole thing ultimately pretty ugly. The whore just about oozes slutty evil from the start. Nothing was mysterious here, though some twists come at the end. The acting is good. The ghosts are surprisingly scary. But the sudden reversals of portrayed character, showing someone as turning evil overnight, just don't work, even considering the twist. And there are some loose threads that never tie up. Like how did Anna really know Matt's back was broken? Why not his neck? Or why wasn't his head bashed against the rocks, or half a dozen other possibilities? She couldn't have known that, according to the twist. It's an original enough story, but the material itself is too off-putting, so it's not enjoyable or compelling. And ultimately, no one ends up being truly sympathetic. I won't be watching it again.
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MiniReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
My inspiration behind my first unreliable narrator — great, even with the plot holes!
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Anna (Emily Browning) is at a local mental health facility. She has nightmares, prophetic and ominous ones, and she can’t shake them off. They began after her mother — on her death bed at the time — died in a tragic fuel explosion at the family’s guest house. Anna seeks answers, and feels like her mother is trying to communicate to her from the beyond. After a year of treatment, she goes home to reconnect with her author father Steve (David Strathairn) and her party-girl sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel). But her comeback isn’t what she expects. The problem? Rachel, her father’s live-in girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks), who’s also her mother’s former caretaker. Strange things happen whenever Rachel is around. Now she has the man, the idyllic beachhouse, and two beautiful stepdaughters — the perfect family. But Anna uncovers secrets about Rachel. She can’t prove that Rachel started the fire that killed her mother, but she’s willing to find out. Her father may be blind to her evil ways, but Anna is not, and with Alex’s help, she will expose Rachel and avenge her mother’s death. The ominous visions remain, urging her to seek justice, and she’ll answer to their demands.

THE UNINVITED inspired my initial YA thriller series called THE UNSEEN. I had to drop the series from consideration due to external circumstances, but I created other great works of fiction with unreliable narrators, and a successful pen name career emerged. So this movie means a lot to me. It has all the things I love — suspense, atmosphere, family drama, a wicked step-parent, and an unreliable narrator. And a twist! I love twists! I first fell in love with plot twists with THE SIXTH SENSE, and I knew this would be the sort of fiction I would write. This is the American adaptation of a super-creepy Korean horror film, and they were faithful to the screenwriter’s vision. You’d want to watch this more than once to connect the dots. The actors are great! Elizabeth Banks does a great job playing the ambiguously villainous stepmother. Is she or isn’t she the root of all evil? She’s unlikable one moment, and almost vulnerable the next, but she’s definitely sketchy in more ways than one. Emily Browning fits the sweet and confused role so well — love her! And I love the beautiful but eerie coastal Maine setting. (Fun fact: they filmed this in Vancouver.) Downsides? Lots of plot holes. So many of them. They tried to fill in the gaps as much as they could, all the way to the very last scene, but many things still go unanswered. I won’t go into them though. Wouldn’t want to spoil it. I enjoyed revisiting THE UNINVITED. Now that autumn is here, and Halloween is around the corner, I am craving this kind of twisty story in both books and films. If you haven’t seen it and you have Ammy Prime Video, then what are you waiting for? Four out of five Pumpkin Spice and Snickerdoodle iced coffees, with extra oat milk creamer!
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Addicted2Amazon!Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Decent American Remake of a Very Interesting Korean Horror Film
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I really enjoyed this film. It's a fun and entertaining Gothic-style horror film (think family secrets, ghosts and a haunted heroine) that focuses on creepiness. This is not a bloody or gory film...at all. Yes there's some blood, and there's certainly action and a body count, but it's minimalistic in that regard, just like the film that this was based on.

It tells the story of a teenage girl released from a mental institution after a traumatizing event who is reunited with her sister, her father and her creepy and chilling stepmother.

Interestingly this is not a remake of the 1940s haunted house film of the same name, but instead a remake of the early 2000s Korean film "A Tale of Two Sisters." Yes I thought the Korean film was done better, BUT "The Uninvited" to me is probably a bit more fun (it is American, after all) because yes, it IS watered down, but you can turn your brain off more while watching this than with the Korean original. Also "A Tale..." was definitely darker and more disturbing.

"The Uninvited," though a remake, is a good type of remake: the type that is NOT done shot-by-shot, beat-by-beat. This tells that same story differently, with different scenes, and with a different though similar ending.

The movies are different enough that I saw this film twice before I realized it was a remake. I saw "The Uninvited" many years ago and liked it. Years later I saw "A Tale of Two Sisters" and REALLY liked it, but didn't connect the two because I had pretty much forgotten about this movie. Fast forward a few years when I watched "The Uninvited" again, and about 15 minutes in I suddenly realized this was a remake! That pretty much tells you that the Korean original, to me, was the much more memorable version. BUT that being said, I still enjoyed it and believe it's a decent little horror film. I love the seaside (or lakeside?) location.It reminds me of Cape Cod Massachusetts or Maine, which definitely gives it a pretty but isolated and haunted feel.

I definitely recommend this as a fun scary story about family secrets, mystery, mental instability and the ghosts of our past.
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Three and one half stars
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“The Uninvited” isn’t a horror movie and isn’t very scary. The basic plot is one used time and again, and nothing original is added to it. Another reviewer said it well: ‘the twist at the end seems a slap in the face’. It doesn’t tie things up; it tells us that nothing we’ve seen up to that point has hinted at this conclusion. So, at the ending we’re shown story review snippets of another, entirely different story that is supposed to be what really happened rather than the hour and a half movie we’ve just watched. I can’t help but just shake my head.
The acting was pretty good – not great but good, but the evil step mother (to be) was just too obvious. The cinematography was good, and the settings were lovely. I’m going to watch the Korean movie referenced by so many reviewers. I watched a Korean movie entitled, The Uninvited, but it was nothing like this movie, so I’ll look for A Tale of Two Sisters. In the end, not a sizzling recommendation, but a mild one.
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