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The Invitation (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan Marshall-Green ... Will
Tammy Blanchard ... Eden
Emayatzy Corinealdi ... Kira
Aiden Lovekamp ... Ty
Michelle Krusiec ... Gina
Mike Doyle ... Tommy
Jordi Vilasuso ... Miguel
Jay Larson ... Ben
Marieh Delfino ... Claire
Michiel Huisman ... David
Lindsay Burdge ... Sadie
John Carroll Lynch ... Pruitt
Toby Huss ... Dr. Joseph
Danielle Camastra ... Annie
Trish Gates ... Follower (as Patricia Gates)
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Storyline

Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband... and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will's hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A meghívás See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,739, 10 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$231,703, 26 June 2016
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Spain was released in 15 theaters / Widest release: 17 theaters. The film was only projected in subtitled version. See more »

Goofs

During the film, it is often mentioned that cellphone service at the home where The Invitation takes place is unreliable and spotty at best, yet several times the viewer can clearly see the lights of what appears to be a nearby densely populated area. See more »

Quotes

Miguel: Will thinks you guys are on pills. Figuratively.
David: You think we're crazy?
Will: I-I never said that.
David: It's okay, I'm not offended. A lot of people think we're crazy. But I doubt they're as happy as we are.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

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Swallow Song
Written by Richard Fariña
Performed by Richard and Mimi Fariña
Published by Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company
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A thriller for people who don't watch horror films
14 March 2017 | by crazycokedupdreamSee all my reviews

I'm not going to give a review of this film. I'll leave that to others who can argue whether it was worth watch or not. For me, I feel it was one of the best thrillers with a horror bent that I have seen in a long while. But here's the thing, I don't really like horror films, avoid them most of the time, unless I heard a good word of mouth from someone. That's how I found The Invitation.

After reading the reviews here, I would say the criticism falls in to two opposing camps. Those that thought it was thrilling, terrifying and well done movie and those who thought it was a waste of their time, slow and they saw all the punches coming.

I think the difference is this, the latter camp watches a lot of horror films, nothing surprises them, they are looking for all the little nuances of all the other horror movies they have watched and are comparing them to the film they are currently watching. They are two - three steps ahead of a conventional audience and thus, nothing surprises them. To these folks, I can understand why the film fell flat, it's clear if you put the movie under a microscope you can tell what's going to happen and naturally with the purposefully drawn out pace of this film, they get bored waiting for the payoff.

I, as well as the people who I have give / shown this film to, fall in to the other camp. We rarely watch films like this and therefore are willing to let it all play out without trying the guess what's going to happen next. It's certainly a creepy film and while we might imagine where it's going, we are willing to suspend our expectations and go along for the ride.

My advice, watch this if you enjoy the ride up on the climbing roller coaster without thinking about the plunge when you reach the top.


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