Runtime: 1h 27m
Director: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
Writer: Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Jee-woon Kim
Stars: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn
Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother.
Initial: So, this is the remake of A Tale of Two Sisters (2003). I don’t expect this to be half as creepy.
Production Notes: DreamWorks, huh? My notion of this being scary further decreases.
What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead) The Uninvited takes one of the main twists of A Tale of Two Sisters and does its own thing with it. In a way, it is thematically more coherent and fairly clever, but it’s also a little less audacious because of that. Big spoiler…there’s no supernatural. Likewise, the choice of camera shots is not as daring in the US version. And it’s not nearly as creepy. On the other hand, things that don’t matter as much are just a little “extra.” The house is bigger, the inciting event is more dramatic. Elizabeth Banks as the step-mother is more arch. There is an explosion.
The Uninvited isn’t a *bad* movie, it’s just a very safe one.