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- Blu-Ray: The Uninvited
- Rating: PG-13
- Starring: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Massar, David Strathairn
- Written By: Carlo Bernard, Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Ji-woon Kim
- Directed By: Charles and Thomas Guard
- Distributor: DreamWorks Video
- Original Year of Release: 2009
- Extras: Deleted Scenes, Alternate Ending, Unlocking Uninvited
By Robert T. Trate
May 05, 2009
The Uninvited on Blu-ray
© DreamWorks Video
Anna (Emily Browning) is released by her psychiatrist and told to go home and finish what she started. The doctor meant for Anna to go home and finish growing up. Instead Anna takes that as words to live by and begins to piece together the clues of her mother’s (Maya Massar) untimely death. After getting home she discovers that her mother’s nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks) has moved in and is shacking up with her dear old dad (David Strathairn). The two hope to start anew with Anna. Alex (Arielle Kebbel) Anna’s older sister, wants nothing to do with Rachel or her dad. The clichés quickly fall into place as the future wicked stepmother has changed all the beloved things about the house. Anna and Alex are set to make Rachel’s life hell until Anna starts having visions of her mother. Are they visions or just dreams? Anna believes them to be ghosts.
The Uninvited, despite its PG-13 rating really packs some great scary moments. These moments are a true testament to the power of cinema and horror movies. The directors Charles and Thomas Guard know that less is more. When they reveal their horrors it is only enough that the viewer’s imagination fills in all the blanks. Browning delivers real terror in selling the audience on what she is seeing. Like an all too familiar nightmare each waking moment feels as if we have been there too. The PG-13 rating is fine because this horror movie isn’t about gore, bare breasts and sex. It is all about scaring the living shit out of you. The Uninvited comes close to that but its great twist is its undoing.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
If this film would have come out before M. Night Shyamalan’sThe Sixth Sense (1999) it would have been a great summer phenomenon. However being released ten years later audiences have really started to look for the great “twist” in horror movies. The film in actuality has two great twists but the one is more than obvious if you have seen The Sixth Sense. To the point that if you figure it out the film’s story looses all meaning as you look for clues to prove yourself right. Thankfully the second twist is a breath of fresh of air.
When the film delivers its final twist it is a welcome change from the typical clichés that were delivered in the beginning. Sure there are some things that remain the same but all the while I was hoping that just this once A + B would actually equal D. Having figured out the first twist and the second the film didn’t pack any surprises. Was it that obvious or have I just seen too many movies? There are a few great skin crawling moments but nothing that drove the horror home.
The Uninvited Blu-ray is in 1080p High Definition and 5.1 TrueHD Dolby Digital. The picture quality captures the beautiful Maine landscape and beaches perfectly yet, the truly horrifying moments seemed as if there was a black blur added to give it that less is more look. Perhaps this was to get a PG-13 rating but it nonetheless was there. The sound is brilliant delivering perfect creaks on the floor boards and twisting broken necks. There are several deleted scenes that won’t be missed and the alternate ending is only really another deleted scene.
There is a third and final twist to The Uninvited.It may be the best of the bunch and the one that is totally unexpected though by the time it is revealed the audience just doesn’t care anymore. This is a film perfect for sleepovers and for people who don’t love a lot of gore with their horror. For the true horror fan you’ll wish you too were uninvited.