The Uninvited (2009) | Emily Browning fears for her life in a brilliantly twisted tale of creeping terror


Catch the psychological thriller on BBC1 HD today at 11.50pm (Sky 101/141, Virgin 101/108, Freeview 1/101, Freesat 101/108)

Nodding its hat to the South Korean cult hit A Tale of Two Sisters (on which it is based), as well as The Others and Orphan, 2009’s The Uninvited is a classy looking thriller boasting gorgeous cinematography, that harks back to the Technicolor days of Leave Her to Heaven, and a great lead in Emily Browning, who actually looks like Gene Tierney’s younger kid sister.

The Uninvited (2009)

High praise indeed, but Browning, who went on to cult success in Sucker Punch after this film, is mesmerising as troubled self-harmer Anna, who has just been released from a mental hospital after slashing her wrists because she could not get over witnessing the horrific death of her mother. Returning home, she finds Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), the nurse who cared for her ailing mother, is now her father’s new girlfriend, while little sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) is fearful that Rachel is taking over. When a background check uncovers that Rachel is not her real name and Anna starts having visions that Rachel killed her mother, the two sisters set out to unmask Rachel as a murderer…

The Uninvited (2009)

Cue: loads of suspense and creeping dread as you find yourself hoping goody two-shoes Rachel gets her just desserts. I won’t say anymore, as I don’t want to spoil the exciting twists and turns of this brilliant chiller. Oh, and Christopher Young’s score is just divine. And whatever you do, don’t watch the extras on the UK DVD until after you have seen the film, because the climax will have you choking on whatever snack your munching on.

The Uninvited is available on DVD, can be rented online from Paramount Movies UK


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on March 19, 2016, in Horror, Must See, Must See, Must-See, Psychological thriller, Thriller and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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