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The Invitation (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.

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Karyn Kusama
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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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There is no darkness. Just reunion. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invitation 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

The director and the writers had complete creative control on the film, as it was independently produced without any involvement from major studios. 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

David: I'm so glad you're here. We have a lot to talk about. So much to say tonight.
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Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Incredibly tense, oddly realistic
26 May 2016 | by funky-archibaldSee all my reviews

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the score for this film. It doesn't do it any justice, and some of the reviews I've read here don't make valid points in my opinion. So, I felt I owed this film my own review.

First of all, the tension: man this thing has a killer build-up! You could call it slow (if you're a Transformers kind of guy), but it never gets "boring". You're on the edge of your seat from the moment the film starts, partly due to a very subtle but creepy soundtrack, which reminded me of sound effects in some of David Lynch's movies. Adding to that is the fantastic performance of Logan Marshall-Green as the tormented Will. He, and the events that follow, will keep you guessing about his mental health and whether his paranoia is justified or not, almost until the end. Michiel Huisman plays the very smooth and lulling host to great effect, and the rest of the group of friends is also very believable and natural.

THE scene (no spoilers, you'll know which one I'm talking about when you see it!) was so well done I really had the feeling I was there. It all happens so slow, so eerily apropos, and so jaw-droppingly unexpected that you really get the feeling of "oh my, that could be me out there". The little twist in the last couple of minutes is the cherry on the cake, and makes you even more uncomfortable than you already were.

This is a case of an "ignore the scores, just watch it already!" film, and I hope you enjoy it every bit as much as I did!


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