THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
What's it about
Anna lost her gravely ill Mom in a fire. Her mom had been more or less quarantined to the pool house and Anna suspects that it was the live-in nanny who killed her off to get her paws into her father. Anyway, Anna blocks everything out and is stuck in a nuthouse for awhile. She returns home, only to find that Rachel (the girlfriend) is sleeping with her father and Anna teams up with her sister Rachel to solve the conspiracy and expose the fraud.
Is it good movie?
You know, I did see The Unborn in theatres. Another one of those movies with ghostly flashbacks about things that may or may not be. That movie was one with a badass trailer but I left before that thing was over- what a terrible movie. So it was with reluctance that I watched this remake of A Tale of Two Sisters.
Now, I was wrong. For the average viewer, The Uninvited will provide some decent chills and thrills until eventually revealing the shocking ending. The flick is made fairly well, with a good cast who take things seriously and has a good atmosphere. The pacing is relatively quick and there are some jump scares in there.
For the horror fan, you'll likely find this just mediocre, the whole thing just comes off like a summer teen horror flick, because that's what it is. Emily Browning and Elizabeth banks deserve props for their performances, but the plot is lacking a bit. The big twist came off like a fart in church for me and reminded me of a French horror flick that I won't name in case it spoils too much. There were also a few moments in the movie where I thought people were just so ridiculously mean to poor Anna, but I digress.
If you're a teenager or passing horror fan, you will probably enjoy this. If you're a hardcore horror fan, I'd pass because there's nothing new here for you, and this certainly won't really merit a repeat viewing.
Video / Audio
My first ever Blu-Ray review and Im happy to report that this particular disc looks fantastic. Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, this disc offers a rich and deep image with crisp colors that looks fantastic. You can really catch all the details of the film here.
Audio is great too, presented in Dolby TrueHD surround. It's also a good use of the audio capabilities, this is the way moves should sound!
Extras are light, we begin with Unlocking the Uninvited, which is just a tame and sort of dull featurette that just runs through the usual homage to the original and the cast glad-handing themselves.
Deleted scenes are just that, a couple of scenes that are more alternate takes than anything else and really don't add much. Sometimes I wonder why these things are included when they're so out of context and don't really spruce anything up. My usual take is just 'well, I can see why that got cut'.
There's also a "chilling" alternate ending, which is really just a slightly different take on the original ending. I like the original better.
As I mentioned before, this movie didn't suck nearly as badly as I figured it might. In fact, it was quite watchable the first time though, even if it didn't really innovate and the ending wasn't so hot.