The Invoking 2014

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A young woman raised by foster parents claims to remember nothing of her childhood...but it remembers her.

Starring:
Brandon Anthony,Carson Holden
Runtime:
1 hour 22 minutes

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The Invoking

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Jeremy Berg
Starring Brandon Anthony, Carson Holden
Supporting actors D'Angelo Midili, Trin Miller, Andi Norris
Studio Content Media Corporation
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2.6 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2014
Format: DVD
It's marketed as a horror movie being labelled Chilling by Fangoria so that seemed like a reasonable recommendation. Originally known as Sader Ridge which made sense based on the location to The Invoking which really makes no sense in the context of the movie and smacks of cosying up to The Conjuring.
Samantha returns to her hometown after inheriting her old family home taking three of her friends with her. She cannot remember much from her past, having been adopted after her parents were killed and then the creepy caretaker Eric shows up and tells her they used to be close friends as children.
Sam soon starts to get weird flashbacks and the relationships between the 4 friends begins to break down as the two guys both of whom have romantic interests in Caitlin fall out and come to blows over her.
Annoyingly the film is pretty slow going and it's a long way into the movie before any actual action takes place and when it does you probably won't be too surprised.
After that the pace picks up a bit but it doesn't really grab the attention as well as it should do for a psychological thriller.
The ending is weird to say the least, and even odder considering how important it is to the movie we never get the real story of Sam and Eric's relationship.
The extras are reasonable enough there's an in-depth documentary about the making of the film with lots on input from everyone apart from the tea-lady.
There's a choice of commentaries one by three of the actors including the two lead actresses and Eric helped by a few drinks along the way and the other by Writer, Director, Producer and Cinematographer Jeremy Berg and fellow Producers and Writers Matt Medisch and John Portanova.
A reasonable enough effort but certainly not Creepy as Hell as one of the cover blurbs says.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Sam (Trin Miller) inherits a house owned by her aunt. It is one she lived in as a child until five when her parents put her up for adoption. Her memory of the place is worse than a Watergate defendant. Her friends include Mark (Brandon Anthony), her ex-boyfriend who just broke up with his girlfriend. Roman (Josh Truax)is bummed out because Caitlin (Andi Norris) who has all the decent lines is leaving for six months. We really don't know what the heck their relationship is. Eric (D'Angelo Midili) is the caretaker. He remembers Sam, but doesn't give her any important details as why she was put up for adoption at five. All three guys are loosely and sadly based on the creepiness of Norman Bates. Is there a writer in the house?

Things escalate as Sam sees and hears things blending the past with the present. The green monster complicates matters among all the testosterone. At an hour into the film you get your first WTF moment as someone slips out of character...or perhaps into character.

The downfall of the film is that it creates only one decent character, Caitlin. The ending becomes bizarre and doesn't offer up any real closure, except what the audience might surmise. The film for the most part was boring. The ending should have brought the story together and gave meaning to all those boring parts. And what was that abandoned building they stopped at in the beginning? It looked like the dome of a small experimental reactor. A good script would have tied this stuff together, instead we get the sloppiness too often found in indie productions, i.e. let's start shooting and see what looks good afterwards.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 July 2014
Format: DVD
Presumably, the name change of this film from 'Sader Ridge' to 'The Invoking' was to cash in on the success of 'The Conjuring'. However, both films are very different, and unlike the latter, 'The Invoking' is a low budget, straight to DVD. Although I would have to disagree with the critics quoted on the DVD cover (it is most certainly not 'Creepy as hell'), it is still a reasonably enjoyable little thriller.

The story revolves around a young woman named Sam (Trin Miller), who was adopted at the age of five. She has inherited a nice piece of land in Sader Ridge, from her recently deceased auntie, and invites three friends to go along with her to check it out. Her friends, Roman (Josh Truax), Mark (Brandon Anthony), who is also Sam's ex boyfriend, and Caitlin (Andi Norris), Roman's best friend, guarantee that plenty of drama shall take place. Things are made all the more interesting by the early appearance from Eric (D'Angelo Midili), a strange, socially awkward man, who is the caretaker of the land.

Sam claims to her remember nothing from her childhood, or indeed the house, but Eric informs her that she lived there as a young girl, and the two of them were friends. One night, Sam starts to have dreams and memories of her time there, hallucinating and, in her mind, sees events that happened in the house, but instead of seeing her family, she visualises her friends.

I've seen much worse movies that this, and did enjoy this psychological thriller. The four main actors have brilliant chemistry, and you would believe that they were friends in real life. I just wish that a bit more money had been invested in the film, because it had the potential to be a lot better. It isn't a 'horror' on my terms, but more of a drama/thriller with some horror elements to it.
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