Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Uninvited (2009)

Anna has just returned home after a stay at a mental facility.  She was there because she tried to kill herself as a result of the trauma she experienced through the death of her mother.  Her mother died from an accidental explosion.  Anna's father has a new girlfriend who was the nurse to Anna's mother.  When Anna comes back home, she is being haunted by her mother's burnt corpse and little children that have died in the surrounding area.  The ghost of Anna's mother tells her that the explosion was not an accident and that the killer is the Dad's new girlfriend.  Anna and her sister Alex then must find evidence that proves that their Dad's girlfriend is the killer.  Once that evidence is found, an exciting confrontation occurs.

"The Uninvited" was a little above average compared to every other ghost picture that comes out these days.  It is a bit slow, but the hauntings were scary.  The mother's corpse dragging itself across the floor really was frightening.  Even with ghost movies I don't like, the ghost scenes always seem to scare me.  Ghosts frighten me like no other thing can.

The best thing about the movie is the ending.  When it seems like the movie is just going to be like every other ghost movie, it gives you a shocking ending.  The ending did take me by surprise and I thought it was pulled off well. 

All of the acting was good in the movie.  The lead character is played by Emily Browning.  I think she is a good actress, but she just looks so strange.  She is pretty and has the face of an adult, but she is so tiny.  She looks like she is 12 years old when she is really 21.  I think she was meant to be around 18 in the movie.

"The Uninvited" is one of the better ghost movies in recent years.  While it is slow, it does have some good acting, scares, and a nice twist ending.

B-  I recommend it.

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