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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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.

aaa5756 Jan 18, 2014

Sound and Very well done old school sci-fi movie. I would recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater. No falling asleep on this one!!!!!

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Saint_Mirin
Dec 23, 2013

Agreed that the DVD extras are much more entertaining than the film itself.

voisjoe1 Dec 13, 2013

Lewis Allen in his debut directed this excellent ghost story starring Ray Milland just prior to Milland’s Oscar win for his intense performance in “The Lost Weekend.” This is a mix of ghost story, film noir, and comedy, with the comedy dominating the first third. The shadows in the night scenes are one of the devices used in film noir of the time.

ravenheart Dec 02, 2013

Be sure to watch the half-hour extra on this disc that talks about the personal lives of Gail Russell and Ray Milland. I actually found the extra much more interesting than the film itself. (Gail had begun drinking when working on this film to try and ease her painful shyness, and sadly wound-up becoming an alcoholic and dying in her mid 30s.) Gail, who plays Stella, was very good in this...the best thing about it, really. Gail and the cinematography were really the only reason I finished watching the film because it was lacking in just about every other regard. (My parents who are in their 70s actually stopped watching within the 1st half-hour.) A lot of movies just don't stand-up to the test of time, and this is one of them. The premise was good, but the dialog was such mediocre writing that the story just isn't that engaging, even with solid actors like Milland and Hussey. "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947), as well as, Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (1940) are both much better films from the same time period.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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