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Mikaela Hoover Reviews THE UNINVITED

Mikaela Hoover does some rooftop musing on Elizabeth Banks’ performance in The Uninvited.

It may not be as scary as the 2003 South Korean version, but I am pleased to say that I enjoyed The Uninvited.  When I saw the trailer for this film in January, I thought it was going to be another shitty foreign remake like Shutter or The Eye. Thank God this film proved me wrong.

The Uninvited is based off the 2003 Korean film Janghwa, Hongryeon (Tale of Two Sisters). This version, is still the highest grossing Korean film to date. Though I have not seen Janghwa, Hongryeon, I hear it’s pretty fucking terrifying.

Since there is nothing on TV Tuesday nights I flipped through Pay Per View. Luckily, I saw The Uninvited and decided to give it a chance.  I am shocked to say the film was surprisingly entertaining.   I’m not embarrassed to say I watched it three times.

The film (which is directed by The Guard Brothers) follows a high school girl named Anna played by the adorable Emily Browning. Anna had just been released from a mental institution. Her mother had died a year earlier of a bad sickness which led Anna to the institution.  When Anna is released, she arrives home to find her father with another woman played by Elizabeth Banks.  The new woman forcefully tries to take over the mother role although Anna and her sister Alex suspect there is something "off" about her.

The film’s story line is too solid to have to incorporate cheap scares with bad special effects or lots of gore.   The main actress Emily Browning really rocked her role as a devoted sister and loving daughter.  Elizabeth Banks was also fabulous as the sinister step mother I loved to hate.  The twist at the end was very unexpected (at least for me).  If you watch this movie and can guess the ending I seriously want to be your friend because you’re fucking brilliant.   I wouldn’t say this film is gouge eyes out scary but I will say that The Uninvited is definitely worth seeing.


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