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The Uninvited (2009)

A movie directed by Charles Guard and Thomas Guard

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Should have been great, but doesn't get there

  • Jun 23, 2009
There are many reasons to like The Uninvited. For the most part, the acting is superior to the average J-Horror remake: Emily Browning is very good and I remember her from Lemony Snickets - I'm sure she'll be a major star in the coming years. Elizabeth Banks is also great (Meet Bill was hysterical, by the way).
As a 'horror', there are very few CGI/sudden effects that either kill the plausibility or become too graphically unpleasant. I liked the tone and pace of the story, and seeing it blind (unaware of reviews, story summaries or originals) I thought it was an intriguing idea.  I felt the same way about US version of The Ring - quite solid, with interesting direction and style, but somehow just lacking something.

The 'surprise' ending was signaled a long way off. I won't provide a direct spoiler, but about half-way through it became clear to me what was going on. It's a clever idea to disguise a psychological thriller as a ghost story but the punch is lost somehow in the way it's delivered (I read another review on here than indicates the original's ambiguity is significantly more rewarding). There are some annoyances throughout the film that become clearer once you know the secret (the father seems reticent while the omni-presence of the evil step-mother seems unlikely and irritating).

Overall, it's not a bad film - it's just annoying that it didn't make the extra distance to be potentially great.

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June 24, 2009
I agree wholeheartedly with your review...the film playd on its aces too soon. I do commend it for trying to have a different ending from the Korean original but it just came up too short. nice write up!
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Produced by remake king Roy Lee and directed by Charles and Thomas Guard, "The Uninvited" is a remake of Kim Ji-Woon's South Korean blockbuster hit "A Tale of Two Sisters". Well, actually this film is more of a re-imagining of the Korean horror film; it does have the original's main concept, throws in a few iconic sequences from the original, but has an entirely different premise. Let's get right to the point, "The Uninvited" is VASTLY inferior to its South Korean counterpart, but would provoke …
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The china-doll features of Emily Browning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) are the eerie center ofThe Uninvited, an American remake of the wildly popular Korean horror filmA Tale of Two Sisters. Browning stars as Anna, a young girl being released from a mental hospital following the harrowing death of her mother. But when she returns home, she discovers her father (David Strathairn) has fallen under the sexual spell of her mother's former nurse, Rachael (Elizabeth Banks,Zack and Miri Make a Porno), despite the open hostility of Anna's sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel,John Tucker Must Die). When Anna sees the ghost of her mother point at Rachael and scream "Murder!", Anna and Alex begin to investigate Rachael's past and make some unsettling discoveries.The Uninvitedcombines two horror trends: Twist endings (in this case, more than one) and recycling Asian horror images (particularly wet, crawling corpses). There's nothing particularly outstanding aboutThe Uninvited, but it's superior to more lackluster Asian horror remakes likeOne Missed Call. The three lead actresses all have strangely glossy faces that look molded out of plastic, which adds a perhaps unintentional layer of creepiness.--Bret Fetzer

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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: February 1st, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
Runtime: 87 minutes
Studio: Dreamworks Video
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