6.8/10
5,163
29 user 19 critic

The Uninvited Guest (2004)

El habitante incierto (original title)
In the dark corridors of Félix's house, an intruder is hiding. Is he real, or is he a manifestation inside the obscure maze of his mind?

Director:

Guillem Morales

Writer:

Guillem Morales
Reviews
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Julia's Eyes (2010)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister.

Director: Guillem Morales
Stars: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui
Shrew's Nest (2014)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Spain, 1950s. Montse's agoraphobia keeps her locked in a sinister apartment in Madrid and her only link to reality is the little sister she lost her youth raising. But one day, a reckless ... See full summary »

Directors: Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel
Stars: Macarena Gómez, Nadia de Santiago, Hugo Silva
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A recently jilted millennial's friends throw him a going away party. After his sassy ex-girlfriend shows up, the group of friends find themsleves in a struggle for their very lives.

Director: Brian Ruppert
Stars: Patrick Curley, Adam DeCarlo, Anthony Galati
The Baby's Room (TV Movie 2006)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Spain, the sports journalist Juan has a perfect life with his wife Sonia: they have just had a baby and moved to an old house that needs to be repaired in a fancy neighborhood. When ... See full summary »

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Javier Gutiérrez, Leonor Watling, Sancho Gracia
Back Room (1999)
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the back room of a gay club in Barcelona, the camera stalks the men (privy to their inner thoughts in voice overs), who stalk each other on a typically busy Saturday night

Director: Guillem Morales
Stars: Juan Jaimez, Oriol Serra, Joan Díez
Kidnapped (2010)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards.

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas
Stars: Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A mild-mannered psychopath plays mind-games with a woman he has tied to a chair in his basement.

Director: Laura Mañá
Stars: Darío Grandinetti, Goya Toledo, Fernando Guillén
Sleep Tight (2011)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really?

Director: Jaume Balagueró
Stars: Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dulce is a mother of two who experiences terrifying encounters with apparitions inside her old house, a place where a tragedy occurs. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce returns home to decipher the mystery that has tormented her for so long.

Director: Alejandro Hidalgo
Stars: Miguel Angel Pacheco, Rosmel Bustamante, Adriana Calzadilla
To Let (TV Movie 2006)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Mario and his pregnant girlfriend Clara are trying to find in a short period a new apartment to live since they have sold their apartment and they need to move in fifteen days. When Mario ... See full summary »

Director: Jaume Balagueró
Stars: Macarena Gómez, Nuria González, Adrià Collado
Marshland (2014)
Adventure | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two cops lost in the deep south of Spain. One serial killer to catch. A lot of secrets and lies of discover.

Director: Alberto Rodríguez
Stars: Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, María Varod
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Shattered by the unexpected news of their irreversible break-up, an aspiring orchestra conductor is puzzled by his girlfriend's mysterious and seemingly inexplicable case of disappearance. But, can he look beyond the facts?

Director: Andrés Baiz
Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Martina García, María Soledad Rodríguez
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andoni Gracia ... Félix
Mónica López ... Claudia / Vera
Francesc Garrido ... Bruno
Agustí Villaronga ... Martín
Minnie Marx Minnie Marx ... Sra. Mueller
Pablo Derqui ... Policía 1
Violeta Llueca Violeta Llueca ... Policía 2
Xavier Capdet Xavier Capdet ... Policía atestados
Pere Abelló Pere Abelló ... Antonio
Fina Rius Fina Rius ... Alicia
Xènia Gausa Xènia Gausa ... Chica
Gemma Lozano Gemma Lozano ... Niña (as Gemma Lozano Bernabéu)
Daniel Casadellà ... Niño (as Daniel Casadella Silva)
Ruben Ametllé Ruben Ametllé ... Diego
Abel Coll Abel Coll ... Chico mudanza
Edit

Storyline

Recently separated from his wife Vera, Félix a young architect, embittered, he finds it difficult to trust again, and being fragile and emotionally unstable, he lives secluded in his now deafeningly silent and vacant house. Unexpectedly, in the middle of the night, a stranger knocks on Félix's door desperately in need of a phone call, and without giving it much thought, hesitantly, he lets him in, however, after a while, when the man is nowhere to be found, paranoia will strike. Has he left or is he still somewhere inside the house hiding? In the following days, as unexplained sounds and strange noises banish the mansion's silence amplifying the tension and the uneasiness, Félix will question his very reason as he will gradually begin hearing and seeing things in the dimly lit corridors. Is the intruder indeed real, or is he a manifestation inside the obscure maze of Félix's mind? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

There's something more... and it is looking at you.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content and violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | German

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Uninvited Guest See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

It's All Right with Me
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

a dwarf's vertigo
12 October 2011 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

I like to imagine that money came in for this before the filmmaker had the chance to iron out the creases in the script and he just went ahead while the project was still hot and he could get it made.

It is half-way an interesting film, a more novel take on Hitchcock than we have seen from DePalma in ages; the prowling eye of the camera; the vertigo of assumed identities and deceived points-of-view; the projections in space of an obsessive mind. But a deeply flawed film that left me with a growing sense of dissatisfaction.

Our point-of-view is decidedly with a man who comes to think that someone else is hiding in his own house. The house itself is a spacious labyrinth of modern architecture so it's impossible to make sure; dark corners abound and the mind comes to cast in them its own shadows of doubt. The paranoid situation he's embroiled in becomes worse when he suspects that his ex is involved in some mysterious bargain where he is the victim.

The story has been set in motion long before though. There is a woman who has suffered a crippling accident and whose husband has grown distant from her, we get to find out about this later in the film when he does.

In the first house, physical space is what the mind fills in with its own chimeras. In the second house, it's what the mind fills with emotional pain, with distance as the space between hearts and affections.

It's in this second house that the man seeks refuge - where he comes to fill the space left blank by the missing husband - now by going into hiding himself, and so looking at his situation from the inverse point-of-view. Now we are what we were trying to apprehend in the first half, looking to evade capture from anxious eyes. So if the first house was the setting for a thriller, what was perceived from our end as holding elusive danger, here it's us causing the thriller to happen while from our pov it is recast as this exhilarating game of hide-and-seek. It makes sense to watch this as a dance or performance art; where one partner swings out of view just seconds before the other enters it, with both locked together in a ballet of appearances.

The man obsessively imagines himself as part of a relationship, and the film assumes a whimsical, light-hearted tone. This strangely underscores the fundamental creepiness of what is really going on.

There are two problems in all this. One is that it never makes any sense why our man behaves the way he does. Usually what Hitchcock did was that he would supply the doubt of an unreliable eye or unstable mind; here the guy seems perfectly normal and then acts completely unhinged.

The other is the ending, where the filmmaker stretches to explain for us the missing links of the story. We knew that the two houses were somehow linked, but it turns out that they were quite literally so. So instead of using mirrored space - and persons, there's two of everyone here and one woman seems to be the other's twin sister - as the means of examining abstract reflections, we're give pieces of a puzzle to put together. In doing so, whole swathes of the story collapse and what held elusive power by remaining just out of sight is made to be safely ordinary or, worst, downright stupid.


10 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed