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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.

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

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Craig Rosenberg (screenplay), Doug Miro (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Browning ... Anna
Arielle Kebbel ... Alex
David Strathairn ... Steven
Elizabeth Banks ... Rachel
Maya Massar 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
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Storyline

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 evidence 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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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apparition See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,325,824, 1 February 2009

Gross USA:

$28,596,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,624,046
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally intended to have the same name as the original film, A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), before it was changed to The Uninvited (2009). See more »

Goofs

When Anna and Rachel are driving into town, you can see the BMW is a manual. Later when Anna is trying to escape from the house in the BMW, you can see it's changed to an automatic. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Matt: I love you. And I have a condom.
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References The Other (1972) See more »

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The Songs That We Sing
Written by Jarvis Cocker, Jean-Benoît Dunckel (as Jean Dunckel-Barbier), 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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Surprize, surprise, you can still make a good horror movie
16 April 2009 | by peterkowalskiSee all my reviews

It's not easy to make a horror movie these days. The critics will hate it by definition: their expectations are always high and mostly unsatisfiable. They will call them uninspirational, uninteresting, and not original enough. With time, the horror genre has become an underdog of the movie industry. Prior to watching this movie, I had no knowledge about the plot whatsoever and it turned out to be good for me. I won't beat around the bush: I'm not a horror fanatic, but this one, I enjoyed from the beginning until the very end and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The thing I appreciated the most was the great amount of mystery: at some point the movie becomes more a mystery movie than a horror movie. The plot is interesting at the very least: and it does make you think who the main villain might be. I personally had many guesses and I though I got it right, but the ending surprised me. And there's nothing I enjoy more than an ending I did not see coming. The surroundings are beautiful and the movie is very well shot. Visually, the pictures are very satisfying, another thing you would not expect. The acting is also professional, along the score: all these parts, I have no complaints about. The movie was, for some reasons I don't fully understand, certified as not fresh enough. I do agree, some moments are painfully cliché, but in this case, I found it charming. Isn't it a part of the horror movie to expect that a hand will try to reach you under the bed? It will make you jump in your place either way, so what's the deal? As long it's not cheesy, it's good enough for me. I think that if the creators maybe took a risk and avoided those couple of clichés, the movie would have been praised by critics. But who cares about their opinion anyway? The movie is really enjoyable and if that is what matters to you, don't hesitate and watch it. You won't regret it.


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