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The Uninvited (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 30 January 2009 (USA)
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Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother.


Charles Guard (as The Guard Brothers), Thomas Guard (as The Guard Brothers)


Craig Rosenberg (screenplay), Doug Miro (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2,206 ( 249)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Browning ... Anna
Arielle Kebbel ... Alex
David Strathairn ... Steven
Elizabeth Banks ... Rachel
Maya Massar ... Mom
Kevin McNulty ... Sheriff Emery
Jesse Moss ... Matt
Dean Paul Gibson Dean Paul Gibson ... Dr. Silberling
Don S. Davis ... Mr. Henson
Lex Burnham Lex Burnham ... Iris
Matthew Bristol Matthew Bristol ... David
Daniel Bristol ... Samuel (as Danny Bristol)
Heather Doerksen ... Mildred
Alf Humphreys ... Priest (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
Ryan Cowie ... Orderly


After the death of her ill mother in a fire, teenager Anna tries to commit suicide and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. 10 months later, she still can't remember what happened the night her mother dies, but her psychiatrist, Dr. Silberling, discharges her, telling her that she has resolved her issues. Her father Steven, a successful author, brings her back home to their isolated mansion near the coast, where Anna finds that her mother's former nurse, Rachel Summers, is her stepmother now. Anna is happier to see her beloved sister Alex, who is swimming in the sea. Alex and Anna decide to look for evidence to prove that Rachel murdered their mother, as they investigate the fire in the boathouse. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


After the success of Japanese horror remakes The Ring (2002) and The Ring Two (2005), producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald searched for a project they felt was as ingeniously conceived and executed as The Ring, and finally found it when producer Roy Lee brought the Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) to their attention. See more »


Rachel dumps the large cut of meat onto a board with four sharp prongs after she takes it out of the oven; these boards are designed to skewer the meat so that it will be held still while carving and not move or roll around. Despite this, when Anna bumps into the table, the meat simply rolls off the board - which it could not have done on such a board. See more »


[first lines]
Matt: I love you. And I have a condom.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


The Songs That We Sing
Written by Jarvis Cocker, Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Nicolas Godin and Neil Hannon
Performed by Charlotte Gainsbourg
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. / Vice Music, Inc. / Because Music
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Great Remake
30 September 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After the death of her ill mother in a dreadful fire followed by an explosion in the boat house where she was living, the young teenager Anna (Emily Browning) tries to commit suicide cutting her wrists and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. Ten months later, Anna still has a blackout about what had happened in that night but her psychiatric Dr. Silberling (Dean Paul Gibson) discharges her telling that she has resolved her issues. Her father and successful writer Steven (David Strathairn) brings her back home in an isolated mansion nearby the coast and Anna finds that the former nurse of her mother, Rachel Summers (Elizabeth Banks), is her stepmother now. Anna meets her beloved sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) swimming in the sea and she discovers that Steven has not delivered the letters and CDs that Alex had sent to her. Along the days, Anna is haunted by ghosts and she believes that Rachel killed her mother. Alex and she decide to look for evidences to prove that Rachel is a greedy murderer and Anna discovers the truth about the fire in the boat house.

I usually hate remakes, but "The Uninvited" is a great remake of the excellent but confused "Janghwa, Hongryeon" (a.k.a. "The Tale of the Two Sisters"). I liked to see in the Extras of the DVD the interview with the writers of the screenplay, producers and directors Charles and Thomas Guard since they have been very honest in their words recognizing the merits of the original Asian movie that was the base of their script. Further, they had the skill of using the original storyline with an intriguing supernatural and non-complicated plot and an excellent plot point that provides a satisfactory explanation for the events that triggered the whole process in Anna's mind. I do not recall seeing the sweet Emily Browning in another movie, but she proves that she is an excellent actress, participating in practically every scene and giving credibility to Anna. The efficient David Strathairn and Elizabeth Banks and the also unknown Arielle Kebbel have also great performances in this highly recommended supernatural feature. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Mistério das Duas Irmãs" ("The Mystery of the Two Sisters")

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