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The Uninvited (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  30 January 2009 (USA)
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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.


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After the death of her ill mother in a fire, the young teenager Anna tries to commit suicide and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. Ten months later, Anna still cannot remember what had happened on the night her mother died. Her psychiatric Dr. Silberling, however, discharges her telling that she has resolved her issues. Her father and successful writer, Steven, brings her back home in an isolated mansion nearby the coast. Anna finds that her mother's former nurse, Rachel Summers, is her stepmother now. Anna meets her beloved sister, Alex, swimming in the sea. She discovers that Steven has not delivered the letters and CDs that Alex had sent to her. As time moves on, Anna is haunted by ghosts and she believes that Rachel killed her mother. Alex and Anna decide to look for evidences to prove that Rachel is the murderer and Anna discovers the truth about the fire in the boat house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, thematic material, sexual content, language and teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Two Sisters  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,325,824 (USA) (30 January 2009)


£927,501 (UK) (8 May 2009)

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The name of Anna's psychiatrist is Dr. Silberling. This is a possible reference to Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) which was directed by Brad Silberling and starred Emily Browning as Violet Baudelaire. See more »


When Anna goes up to the attic, she pulls the light string and the light violently swings. In the next shot, it is perfectly still. See more »


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Clever Psycho-Drama
1 February 2009 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

This was a pretty good fright flick. It kept the viewer engaged right up to the ending and while it seemed somewhat formulaic in terms of plot development and things that go bump in the night, it had plenty of scary moments and more than served its purpose, which was a few hours of entertainment.

Most of the movie deals with the relationship of sisters Anna and Alex with Rachel, the girlfriend of their father. Anna thinks Rachel murdered their late mother and possibly was behind some earlier unsolved murders. However, Anna was recently released from a mental institution and has some emotional issues that raises more suspicions about her than about Rachel. On the other hand, Rachel has some questionable aspects about her past that don't seem quite right. This guessing game continues until the dramatic ending.

The screenplay was very good, the cinematography captured the rocky coastline of Maine nicely, and the film was helped by good performances from Elizabeth Banks as Rachel, David Strathairn as the father, and Emily Browning as Anna.

This was a good horror movie well worth checking out.

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