Monday, November 11, 2013

The Uninvited (2009)

Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard

Writers: Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Kim Jee-Woon

Composer: Christopher Young

Starring: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Massar, Kevin McNulty, Jesse Moss, Dean Paul Gibson

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Fear moves in

Plot: Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I didn't realize that this was an English remake of Kim Jee-Woon's Korean film, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (2003), which I own but haven't watched yet.  Now I'm REALLY wanting to see the original.  THE UNINVITED has some issues like a few jump scares (fuck, I really hate those - it's the cheapest way to get a reaction), and a major push to make you think something where they're pushing so hard that you seriously start to question it and look for alternatives. I came up with a couple of alternatives with one of them being partially right. But then there's the final seconds that kicked some ass and made it even better.  I can't spoil it but it improves the film.  Early on I was impressed with the main theme and that it sounded like Christopher Young (he's been one of my favorite film composers for 25 years).  It had a touch of his score from FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (1987) (a fantastic score, btw) which was lovely and haunting. When the end credits rolled that's when I saw his name and smiled.  So this flick is better than most of its kind in the past decade but now I'm craving to see SISTERS since it's probably even better, as they usually go with original foreign films.  I'll find out tonight.

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