Daily Archives: April 24, 2020

Horror Films A to Z ~ The Uninvited

The Uninvited

Year: 2009
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.

📚 Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, 4/25/20

All the Readathon Details

The official readathon start time for me is 5am, which is so, so early. Maybe I’ll be up, maybe I will sleep in. I know my limits. But I’ll try to get in as many hours of reading as possible.

Wrap-Up

I read 651 pages! It was a good readathon, maybe the best I’ve had in a while.

Hour 22

02:35 – Time to get some sleep.

Hour 21

  • Reading: Some Edgar Allan Poe. An audacious pick for 1am. Also H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness by Gou Tanabe
  • Food & Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper. Dark chocolate peanut butter almond granola bar.

Hour 20

Finished Daisy Kutter: The Last Train! 🤖

Hour 19

  • Reading: Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi

Hour 18

  • Reading: “The Vanishing” by Peter S. Beagle
  • Food & Drink: Cheese & sausage on Triscuits. And a shot of vodka.

Hour 17

  • Reading: Reading this week’s Deal Me In story, “The Vanishing” by Peter S. Beagle
  • Food & Drink: Glass of iced tea.
  • Other Stuff: Moved back into the front room, updating on the laptop.

Hour 16

Finished Dracula! 🦇

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