Do you remember the 2009 horror film The Uninvited? It starred David Strathairn, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, and Emily Browning. Chances are, you haven’t seen it because it didn’t make a big splash at the box office and it got horrendous reviews. The funny thing was, my husband and I both loved it! Take a look back on this movie with me, you may even try checking it out on Netflix!
The movie was about a young girl named Anna (Browning) that spent time in a psych ward after her mother was killed in a fire. She comes back home to live with her father, Steven (Strathairn), and her sister, Alex (Kebbel). To Anna’s surprise, her father is now in a relationship with Rachel (Banks), her mother’s nurse! Things get even weirder as Anna starts to suspect that Rachel played a part in the fire that killed her mother. The thing is, how will Anna and Alex convince their head-over-heels in love father?
That’s all I want to tell you because I don’t want to ruin anything for you. I not only loved the performances by both Banks and Strathairn, but the story of Anna’s relationship with her sister Alex was both wonderful and tragic.
I can’t forget that amazing ending! I know that you probably hear all the time that you didn’t see that coming with every film, but I loved what they did with this one. My husband and I couldn’t stop gabbing about it afterwards.
Now, I’m about to do a complete about face and say that if you watch closely and be very alert, then you can probably predict the big twist at the end. We thought that it was great at the time, but a lot of movies-and I mean a lot, have done something similar since then. So, it may not be so surprising to today’s audiences, but it’s worth mentioning because it hadn’t been done too much back then.
A lot of horror movies these days try to throw you through a loop and surprise you. Like I said, people today may not be so surprised. With that being said, I still think that the movie is worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet. Strathairn is a very underrated actor and he as always, acts his heart out. Plus, seeing the dynamic between the characters Anna and Rachel and how they act toward each other is just great.
Are there any horror movies that you think that audiences may have missed while it ran in theaters?
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