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The series, based loosely on a series of books by Max Allen Collins, centers on the titular Marine marksman (played by Prometheus‘ Logan Marshall-Green) who returns home from Vietnam in 1972 only to find himself shunned and demonized. Disillusioned, the vet is quickly recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption along the Mississippi River.
Dowd will play loving, accepting southern momma Naomi — a big-hearted »
I've missed Karyn Kusama. I adored her last film, the Diablo Cody scripted Jennifer's Body, and really feel like it was the victim of some ill-timed Megan Fox backlash. I felt like Kusama displayed a masterful control over that film's mixed tone and generally provided something I got a lot of entertainment out of (I've now seen it at least four times). Whether or not you liked that film is almost irrelevant in this case, since The Invitation is an entirely different matter altogether. Starring Michiel Huisman, Logan Marshall-Green and Tammy Blanchard, the film tells the increasingly tense story of a man invited to a dinner party in his former home. The script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi plays almost all of its cards right and shit, as they say, hits the fan. The Invitation played last night at the Concert Hall on the site of the Stanley Film »
- Evan Dickson
Logan Marshall-Green stars in the thriller The Invitation as a man still grieving the loss of his son in a freak accident and the ensuing dissolution of his marriage. Logan Marshall-Green Marshall-Green’s character Will is mentally unstable, but it was important for Marshall-Green not to let that fact overshadow the nuances of his character, or the […]
- Chelsea Regan
Having made a huge impression when it screened at the SXSW Film Festival last month, the worldwide rights to psychological thriller The Invitation have been secured by Drafthouse Films – a move that will enable wider audiences to experience the story. The film is the fourth feature from director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Aeon Flux, Jennifer’s Body) and is written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Clash Of The Titans).
The Invitation centres on Will, a man who once enjoyed a happy family life with his wife, Eden, and their young son. This happiness ended, however, when tragedy befell their child and Eden subsequently disappeared. When she reappears, suddenly, after a two year absence, Eden brings with her a new husband, a new group of friends, and what seems to be an entirely new sense of self. At Eden’s invitation, Will attends a dinner party at her home, gradually coming »
- Sarah Myles
People don't always change for the better, and at a dinner party thrown by his ex-wife and her new husband, Will suspects that the former love of his life has changed in a twisted way. An evening get-together could have something sinister on the menu in The Invitation, the new movie from Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body) that premiered in the Midnighters section at this year's SXSW Film Festival and has now been picked up by Drafthouse Films for a worldwide release (likely in 2016):
Press Release - "Beating out several other distributors, Drafthouse Films has secured worldwide rights to Karyn Kusama’s acclaimed thriller The Invitation, which opened the Midnight section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. The film has been well received by critics and audiences alike, landing on several “Best of SXSW” lists.
For Kusama, who first made her mark with Girlfight, the film represents a return to her independent roots. »
- Derek Anderson
Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, which debuted last month at SXSW, has been acquired for worldwide distribution by Drafthouse Films, according to Variety. Logan Marshall-Green stars as a man who accepts an invitation to a reunion of old friends at the house where he once lived. Once there, he becomes suspicious of the motivation of the invitees -- his ex-wife and her new beau -- and the evening becomes more intense as time wears on. The film received mostly positive critical notices, though my own review (linked below) was a bit less positive. Kusama, who previously directed Girlfight and Jennifer's Body, takes chances on a different type of narrative, and the performances are uniformly fine, though I had qualms about how things played out. Still it's...
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Xyz Films holds international rights. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Drafthouse Films beat out several other distributors for the worldwide rights to Karyn Kusama's thriller "The Invitation," which opened the Midnight section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. Read Also: SXSW Women Directors: Meet Karyn Kusama - "The Invitation" Logan Marshall Green ("Prometheus") stars as a haunted man attending a dinner party at his former home. Paranoia sets in as the night wears on because the man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have a treacherous agenda. The film also stars Tammy Blanchard ("Into the Woods"), Michael Huisman ("Game of Thrones"), Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Middle of Nowhere") and John Carroll Lynch ("American Horror Story"). "'The Invitation' has remained under our skin since we first saw it and we're honored that we'll be able to share with audiences everywhere," said Drafthouse COO James Emanuel Shapiro. The film marks Kusama's ("Girlfight") »
- Helen Z. Carefoot
Following its strongly-received SXSW World Premiere, Karyn Kusama’s terrific, somber thriller The Invitation will see release through Drafthouse Films. The distributor, which currently has the great monster romance Spring in release, has acquired worldwide rights to The Invitation, The Wrap reports. In the moody thriller, a man (Logan Marshall-Green) returns to his old home for…
The post Drafthouse Films Takes Kusama’s Thriller, The Invitation appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Drafthouse Films has acquired worldwide rights to Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, which had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Midnight section. The deal for the Girlfight director’s latest pic was low seven figures. No release date plans have been announced. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) stars in the thriller as a haunted man attending a dinner party at the house he once called home, who becomes gripped with paranoia that his ex-wife and her new husband are… »
In a competitive situation, Drafthouse Films has secured worldwide rights to Karyn Kusama’s well-received thriller “The Invitation,” which opened the Midnight section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. Logan Marshall-Green (“Prometheus”) stars as a haunted man attending a dinner party at the house he once called home, who becomes gripped with paranoia that his ex-wife and her new husband are harboring an insidious agenda. Tammy Blanchard (“Into the Woods”), Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”), Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Middle of Nowhere”) and John Carroll Lynch (“Zodiac”) also star. For Kusama, who first made her mark with “Girlfight,” the film represents a return to. »
- Jeff Sneider
“The Invitation” is written and produced by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Other producers are Martha Griffin along with Nick Spicer of Xyz Films. The movie is financed by Gamechanger Films in association with Lege Artis, with Mynette Louie overseeing for Gamechanger and Anthony Mancilla overseeing for Lege Artis.
Logan Marshall-Green (“Prometheus”) stars as a haunted man attending a dinner party at the house he once called home, when he becomes gripped with paranoia that his ex-wife and her new husband are harboring an insidious agenda. Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”), Emayatzy Corinealdi and John Carroll Lynch also star.
Variety‘s Justin Chang gave the film a strong review, calling it “teasingly effective.”
- Dave McNary
It's been 10 years since Logan Marshall-Green played Benjamin McKenzie's bad boy brother Trey Atwood on "The O.C." ... and while things didn't work out so well for them on the show, it's the complete opposite in real life. The actor was at SXSW this year promoting his incredibly creepy new film, "The Invitation," where he chatted with toofab's Brian Particelli about his time on the Fox soap, what he thinks Trey would be up to today and what it was really like working on his new thriller. "He's dead," Logan says point blank when asked about his "O.C." character's fate. "I think he got buried in the desert. Something happened in Vegas, I don't think there's a spinoff for him!" Considering Trey went to prison for stealing a car, tried to rape Marissa (Mischa Barton), got shot, was in a coma and moved to Sin City to be a »
- tooFab Staff
Earlier this week, we gave you details on first wave of special experiences and events taking place at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival. We now have details on their impressive slate of features, short films, and additional special events, including screenings of The Final Girls, Deathgasm, Stung, The Invitation, and We Are Still Here.
We're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers, so be sure to check back all month for contests, features, and more.
"April 2, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its Closing Night film, Festival lineup and the 2015 Master of Horror. The Festival will close out with The Final Girls. The film, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, is the story of a young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, »
- Jonathan James
The true testament to a slow-burn thriller’s worth is never comprehended until its climax comes to a head and the credits roll. You’ll ask yourself, “Was the payoff worth the journey?” Were the previous events fulfilling enough to warrant such a sluggish pace, or are you still full of tedium and frustration brought on by an overbearing first few acts that can’t be saved by whatever third act twist a filmmaker reaches for? That’s what Karyn Kusama asks in her latest film, The Invitation, which unfortunately falls under the category of slow-burners that haphazardly meander along before finally hitting stride in the final thirty seconds or so of storytelling – an explosive moneyshot after an hour and a half’s worth of drawn-out, creepy dinner party suspense.
- Matt Donato
Genre buffs have attended countless dinner parties that wind up tilting into madness, and yet the shivers arrive early and often in “The Invitation,” a teasingly effective thriller that builds a remarkable level of tension over the course of its 99-minute running time. Set during a mysterious reunion among old friends where something is quite palpably not right, this well-acted, beautifully modulated exercise represents director Karyn Kusama’s strongest work in years, revealing an assurance of tone, craft and purpose that haven’t been in evidence since her Sundance prize-winning debut, “Girlfight” (2000). More festivals are likely to extend invitations of their own following the pic’s SXSW premiere, while decent word of mouth should propel this likely modest theatrical performer into solid VOD rotation.
- Justin Chang
Before dinner, there is foreboding. Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are traveling on a winding, hilly road in Los Angeles, on their way to a dinner party, and distracted, when something happens that is quite upsetting for both of them. Nonetheless, they soon arrive at the home of David (Michiel Huisman) and Eden (Tammy Blanchard), and greet the other guests. It's a reunion dinner. David and Eden have been away for two years, and it seems that all the guests are longtime friends who have fallen out of contact with each other. There's Tommy (Mike Doyle) and Miguel (Jordi Vilasuso), a gay couple; Gina (Michelle Krusiec), an Asian woman whose mate Choi (Karl Yune) has been delayed; Ben (Jay Larson), a single fellow;...
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Do you remember Jonestownc It's probably the thing that gave mainstream culture their first real look at a cult and the horrible things that can happen if you join. I mean, the phrase "Don't drink the Kool-Aid" is now a common expression. Since then, people have done very interesting things with cults in movies. Movies like Martha Marcy May Marlene and Sound of My Voice have really stuck with me for their depiction of how someone gets roped into a cult, what makes an engaging cult leader, and all the moral and ethical questions behind them. I wish The Invitation had more of that to chew on. Instead, there's the unwavering idea of "cult equals bad", making for no grey area to explore, but the gripping third act may help you forget the rather dull first hour. After two years of no contact with anyone, Eden (Tammy Blanchard) comes back »
- Mike Shutt
Two of the most awkward social situations you can find yourself in as an adult are reunions and dinner parties. When the two are mixed in director Karyn Kusama’s (Jennifer’s Body, Girlfight) latest, The Invitation, the results are a chilling, brutal and wholly unforgettable horror experience that I haven’t been able to get out of my head since seeing it last night at SXSW.
The Invitation follows Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi), who are on their way to reluctantly attend a mysterious dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband David (Michiel Huisman). Their mutual friends, who also haven't seen Eden and David in the two years since she and Will’s marriage fell apart due to devastating circumstances, are also invited to this reunion of sorts, and all parties are curious to see just what exactly drove »
- Heather Wixson
At one point or another we've all probably been in a slightly similar scenario to the one at the start of The Invitation, a new horror movie from Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body, Girlfight). An old friend you haven't seen in a few years has a gathering and you really don't want to go, but you do purely out of a sense of obligation and guilt, and of course it's as awkward as you feared. However, if you've ever found yourself at a party that ends in the same way the one in The Invitation does, holy hell are you going to have a horrifying story to tell. Assuming you survive. In The Invitation, Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his new girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi), reluctantly attend a lavish dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her...
- Peter Hall
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