Reviewed by Alicia Glass
Review Rating: 6
Anna Rydell returns to her home, her father and her sister Alex after a stint in a mental institution over the fire that killed their mother, only to find that her father has a new girlfriend – the woman who nursed their mother while she was ill – and suspicions immediately begin.
Sadly, this is yet another American remake of a much better Asian movie, a little-known gem of Korean horror called A Tale of Two Sisters. If I had known that before going to see The Uninvited in the theater, I most likely wouldn’t have bothered. Because honestly, the Asian horror market still does truly awful and creepy way better than we do.
Most of the movie sees Anna and Alex running around in really thin clothing that’s awfully short for burgeoning teenagers. I had hoped it was due to the proposed weather in their town and not a selling point for the movie. Their father, played by David Strathairn, does a fair job of being completely selfish and unaware of the rapid downward spiral of his children. And then there’s the new girlfriend, soon to be the new stepmother, the truly uninvited one. Or is she? Rachael may be more than quick to anger and her methods for dealing with her wayward new family may border on the extreme, but that doesn’t make her a murderer. Personally, I spent a good portion of the movie thinking it was the father who had done all these naughty things. For those of you who have seen the Korean film, we know that’s not right either, but I’ll leave off the spoilers.
For those of you who would rather put stock in the Americanized versions of Asian horror, The Uninvited is an alright way to waste an hour and a half.