The Uninvited (2009)

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
DreamWorks || PG13 - 87 minutes - $29.98 || April 28, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-04-29


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
Writer(s): Ji-woon Kim (motion picture "Changhwa, Hongryon"), Craig Rosenberg and Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard (screenplay)
Cast: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks


Theatrical Release Date: January 30, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Surround 5.1), French (Dolby Surround 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Hey look, another crappy horror film gets dumped onto DVD only a few months after its theatrical release. Itís like this has never happened before. Not only that, but I got called an ogre today. Iím pretty sure itís a compliment, but I havenít taken too much thought into it. Shrek was cool, right? Plus he got to marry another ogre, so thereís hope for me yet! Anyways, moving onto the latest crap horror film that makes no sense but has a twist ending that believe it or not is also crappy. Iím such a downer sometimes.

Anna (Emily Browning) has been living in a mental institution for an undetermined amount of time and is getting released to go back home. Steven (David Strathairn) picks her up from the hospital and takes her back to their house, where sheís greeted by his new fiancťe Rachael (Elizabeth Banks). Anna immediately doesnít like Rachel but canít figure out why, but rushes in to see her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) but canít find her. She walks around the house and eventually runs into her and the two hug and bond since itís been a while.

It turns out that Anna was in the institution because of an incident that happened with her mother (Maya Massar) involving the house blowing up. It was never determined what happened, but from what I gather the incident was giving an accidental death and passed off. The house has been rebuilt and the two sisters continue to bond as the weekend passes by. Her boyfriend Matt (Jesse Moss) visits her on his boat as he drops off supplies to the family on a regular basis. He apologizes for the campfire meet where he was drunk and tried to sleep with her. Yeah, heís a real winner.

Anna tries to talk to Alex about their mother, but Alex shrugs it off. One night Anna heads down to the boathouse and thinks she hears and sees her mother. In one of those ďyou know its comingĒ horror moments her mother does emerge and points to Rachael, signifying that Rachael had something to do with her death. Rachael is a nurse for older people who was taking care of her mother when she died, but apparently she had the night off. Anna tries to get Alex to believe her that she is in fact seeing her mother, and eventually does so after much persuasion and the two think that maybe its true; their mom is trying to warn them about her.

Rachael and Anna head to town the next day to shop for supplies for a big party theyíre having. Anna sees Matt in the store and goes to talk to him, and Rachael spots her and gets angry at Matt and tells him that his services are no longer needed. Angered by this, Anna shrugs her off the rest of the day. Later that night Anna and Matt are supposed to meet but he never shows up, instead she goes to bed and wakes up to him in screaming pain. Matt has something growing out of his back, and dies on the floor. Or so we think, it turns out that itís her imagination yet again running wild, or is it? Sheriff Emery (Kevin McNulty) comes to the house the next day and says that they found Mattís body on his boat, saying he slipped and fell. Before he died Matt tried to tell Anna that he saw her that night, and he knows what happened. So just who is responsible for her motherís death? Matt? Rachael? Steven? Who cares?

The ending to this film is so ridiculous, but the worst part as usual lies within the mercifully short runtime. Clocking in at under half-an-hour, the film gets started 80 minutes in and runs out of steam minutes later. Yes, the ending is one of those ďtwistĒ films that I had figured out part way through the movie, and if youíve seen any type of flick similar to this then odds are you will have too. Also of note, why is Elizabeth Banks in nearly every movie I see? Iíd rather see her in one good movie a year than ten that completely suck, like this. The acting also leaves something to be desired, as Arielle Kebbel can be the next big actress in Hollywood, but sheís got to get out of this slump sheís in; Grudge 2, this, and whatever else sheís been in.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Alternate Ending (1 minute): Skip it; this is actually worse than the original ending if thatís even possible.

Deleted Scenes (6 minutes): A collection of four scenes that amount to nothing and should be skipped entirely. The runtime of the film is short enough, and although I loathed these scenes, putting them in the film would have helped the pacing a bit.

Unlocking the Uninvited (19 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the film, how it was made, the script, and everything else I havenít mentioned is discussed in this feature. Itís a bit too long for a making of feature, so unless you are just dying to know more I recommend skipping this along with the other two extras.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a film that was completely awful, the video is in great shape. Colors are perfect and there werenít any issues with flesh tones throughout the movie. The main issue lied as usual in the contrast, as the movie had an overall dark tone to it and thus some of the night time scenes suffered. Grain isnít that much of a problem though, as I only remember a few scenes that had it. This is actually a great transfer for a film that was awful.

On level with the video, the Dolby Surround 5.1 track is great. Surrounds are used properly for a horror film, which in my opinion itís been quite a long time since I have heard a DVD mix sound this good. Dialogue levels were also appropriate and there werenít any problems with not hearing the characters or the way the dialogue was said. It was crisp, clear, and utterly beautiful. Thereís nothing wrong with the audio track on this one, which is such a shame that the movie sounded and looked so great but suffers from being a terrible flick.



.::OVERALL::.

The story for this movie is ridiculous, the ending is a joke, and the characters are barely worth describing. Iíve come to expect little in terms of horror movies over the past year, and as such, canít even recommend seeing this as a lame date film for a Friday night. The video and audio are great though, but the special features package is worthless. Donít bother inviting yourself to see this one, rip up the invitation and go back to living your life.