The Uninvited

The Uninvited

DVD - 2013?
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A pair of siblings from London purchases a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price soon they're caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave. A tragic family past, a mysteriously locked room, cold chills, bumps in the night-this gothic Hollywood classic has it all.

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NeoNoir
Dec 06, 2020

In order for you (as the viewer) to get any worthwhile entertainment value out of watching "The Uninvited" you are gonna have to keep in mind that this ghost story was produced when the rigid "Hays Code" was in strict effect which clearly put a real strangle-hold on any picture's subject matter (especially in the genre of horror movies).

Anyway - With that all said - Even though "The Uninvited" cannot be realistically judged by today's standards of horror it actually did contain a couple of genuinely spooky moments that (Can you believe it?) sent a cold chill of goosebumps running up and down my spine.

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Bubba_Louie
Nov 27, 2020

1944's "The Uninvited" is an old-school ghost story that may produce some genuine goosebumps (if you don't set your sights too high and judge it by today's standards).

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DUVIDL
Nov 17, 2020

If you want to know what it is like in an actual 'disturbed place', this is it. No ghouls leaping out, yelling "BOO!"; no dismembered legs flying out of the screen; no pencil in the eyeball close-up: just the sound of someone(?) weeping in the darkness and the temperature angrily plummeting down as an evilness speeds toward you. REAL hauntings are the ultimate nightmare. Yes - I DO speak from experience.

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tadcook
Mar 07, 2020

Released in 1944. IMDB has some great trivia comments, especially this:

"The film drew some criticism for its lesbian undertones in the Miss Holloway character, played by Cornelia Otis Skinner.

A letter written in 1944 by Father Brendan Larnen of the Catholic Legion of Decency to Will Hays, Hollywood's head censor, said:

'large audiences of questionable type attended this film at unusual hours drawn by certain erotic and esoteric elements in the film.'

The letter warned to guard against such subject matter on the screen in the future."

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037415/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2

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posie12
May 11, 2019

A subtle movie with a lot of things only hinted at because of the time period. I enjoyed it.

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WhidbeyIslander
Feb 22, 2019

If you're looking to be frightened, you might be disappointed. As a neat mystery that the characters try to solve and as a nice look at a place and time (Cornwall in 1937), it succeeds. The book has many more characters and sub-plots and some points have been compressed but it's a fun movie. One change that improves the movie is some clever quips the screenwriters gave to the character of Rick (Roddy in the novel.) Even though you will know a key plot point after seeing this, try the book for more of the same. And reading it with the actors in mind helps since they were all well cast.

👻 This movie doesn't have any set-piece Hollywood SCARES in it, but what you imagine is far scarier than anything you could possibly see on the screen. If you have a working imagination, that is. This is hardly an old-school ghost movie. In ghost movies before this, there was always some natural explanation for the ghostly goings-on. This is just about the first movie where the ghost manifestations were straight-up supernatural. Ground-breaking! But I predict that some clown will show up here, tell you how old the movie is, that you have to "cut it some slack," and call it old-school. A typical amateur's error.
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Ray Milland and his sister (Ruth Hussey) buy an old manse in Cornwall. They miss early signs of a haunting, but soon find out they've got not one ghost, but two! A ghost story with a twist, imagine! Alan Napier is fine as the local doctor. The ghost appears twice, as what the Ghostbusters would call a free-floating vaporous apparition, but not full-torso. SPOILER: Happy ending!
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Speaking of ghost yarns, did you know Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson made a ghost-related horror comedy with Michael J. Fox? Well, neither did I, but it's worth your time, if you can find "The Frighteners." Plus, gratuitous Jake Busey channeling his old man.
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Note added in press: In "The Uninvited," Rick drives an unutterably cool car with Moderne Streamline styling. Research reveals that it's a Ford Ten Tourer, built by Ford in the UK, and very rare in the USA.

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EvaLynne_59
Dec 12, 2018

Old movie, black and white, and I absolutely loved it! If you like old classic type movies take a chance on it.

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OurKnightsTale
Nov 16, 2018

This is one of the first "serious" ghost movies, prior to 1945 ghost were part comedy or swindler only. This was an amazing movie for its day! Still keeps an audience now. Even the comentary are worth a listen.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 27, 2018

This drama/mystery film will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat as it has a storyline with many twists and turns. The movie is about a girl named Anna who returns home from her stay in a psychiatric ward, to discover that her father has married the nurse of her late mother. One night, the ghost of her mother appears and claims that the nurse is the one that killed her. Anna decides to investigate this, but at what risk? The movie did have some awkward scenes and some mildly sloppy directing, but what it did do is create a plot that was far more interesting than some plots in other horror films. I would rate this movie 3/5 stars.
@The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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