The Uninvited

The Uninvited

DVD - 2013
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A pair of siblings from London purchases a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price. Soon they're caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave. A tragic family past, a mysteriously locked room, cold chills, bumps in the night-this gothic Hollywood classic has it all.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet. --

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vickysilva0316
Jul 04, 2018

I think if people are looking for horror and gore this is not the movie for them. After all we need to realize this was made back in the day when we didn't see anyone be literally shot on the screen. There was no body parts being cut off before our eyes, no swearing, no people seen in bed... that kind of a thing. As far as the movie being scary, I think it's more about romance than anything else and I appreciated the movie. Innocence... nothing wrong with that, and some parts were comedic.

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lindy919
Apr 27, 2018

This pathetic attempt at horror was filmed in 1944 - a time when a few wisps of smoke and pages of a book turning on their own were meant to be scary.

SKIP IT!

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Derringer
Feb 25, 2018

This 1944 ghost/haunted house story actually had some real potential to deliver the ghostly goods - But, unfortunately, it didn't produce any genuine scares at all.

Considering that this picture obviously had a substantial-sized budget to back it up - You'd honestly think that the screenwriters would have worked in earnest to scare the socks right off its audience.

It sure seems to me that the whole point of The Uninvited's story was to set the stage for a typical, Hollywood romance to transpire between 2 of the leading characters.

(*Movie quote*) - "How very curios!"

Believe me, f-f-f-folks - I really, really, really did try to stifle my impatience with this particular ghost/haunted house story from 1944. I really, really, really did.

Yep. In all honesty, I tried to cut this one some serious slack due to it now being 70+ years old.

But - (IMO) - The Uninvited (though it did have a lot of potential to be a truly frightening movie experience) came close to being an utter failure in its genre.

Yes - There were a couple of choice moments of eerie spookiness that sent goosebumps running up and down my spine - But - For the most part - This haunting of "Windward House" story just didn't deliver enough satisfactory chills & thrills to hold my undivided interest.

As usual - (Coming from this particular era in Hollywood movie history) - This film's main focus zeroed in on the budding (and boring) "boy-meets-girl" romance that (predictably) transpired between 2 of the story's leading characters.

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jbmcfarland
Nov 25, 2015

haunted house on cliff and deep dark family secrets! Boo! (in a good way)

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lukasevansherman
Dec 10, 2014

I'd never heard of this vintage ghost story (one of the first Hollywood films to treat the subject seriously) until Criterion released it recently. For those who prefer their horror deliberately paced, atmospheric and eerie, rather than bloody and violent, this will appeal to you. A brother and sister move into a house on the coast, only to find it haunted. The coastal setting and Gothic mood are reminiscent of "Rebecca" and the Brontes. It is a little slow moving, but well-done and its influence can be seen in other bloodless horror films like "The Innocents," "The Haunting," and, more recently, "Insidious" and "The Conjuring." The screenplay was by Dodie Smith, who wrote "101 Dalmatians" and "I Capture the Caste."

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Rusty34
Sep 16, 2014

I love horror movies, especially the classic old ones, but... when it stated on this website that it was a "2013" movie, I thought it was the remake, or a movie with the same name that I saw advertised that interested me. So when I finally got to get a hold of a copy (after 4 months on the wait list) I was kind of disappointed that it was not what was implied. But the movie was good.

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jazeebelle
Jun 03, 2014

Wonderful old classic horror film. Effects for that time must have really terrified the audiences. Has a few moments of comic relief as well. Recommend it highly.

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Libraryman1_0
May 13, 2014

The second of my favorite Haunted House films (after 1963's The Haunting) and this one was the first movie to deal with the subject of ghosts in a serious, more ominous light. Eerie, and moody. Yes it does build slowly but like any ghost story you've read, once you get to the spooky part you know it has got you. Ray Milland and Gail Russell are terrific. Especially beautiful is not only the cinematography, as Cornwall looks lovely on film, but also the hauntingly enchanting Stella by Starlight theme that Milland plays on the piano.

GreenwichCultFilms Jan 29, 2014

Solid mystery thriller with a great wind up! And there's a subplot that's ahead of it's time! Recommended.

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