Criterion Collection: The Uninvited [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Rick (Ray Milland on fantastic form, combining a light touch with heavyweight acting chops) and his sister buy a cliffside house from a curmudgeonly old man. They soon find out about the desperate sound of a woman crying in the night, but by then it's too late and they are stuck with the place. Worse, the old man's grand-daughter seems drawn to the house, although something there appears to want to harm her. Old, ugly secrets come to the surface as the brother and sister try to find out what is wrong with Windward House.
The Uninvited weaves its story with so many eerie scenes - the shadow on the stairs that frightens Lizzy, the crying in the night, the seance, the moment when Rick realizes the horror isn't over - that put modern imitators to shame.
The Uninvited has no irritating, over-wrought teenagers, no blood and guts, no tiresome, unwieldy psychological backgrounds cluttering up the characters and therefore the story. What it does have is an intelligent script, appropriate music and extremely good, restrained acting. What also stands out is the deft use of shadows and sounds, and of actors who can play characters who are truly afraid but eschew tedious hysteria in favour of stiff upper lips. The scene where Rick and his sister are in the studio and she tries to convince herself that the atmosphere of evil has gone - film-makers of the 21st century, take note.
If you want a fantastic, old-fashioned chiller of a ghost story, try this on some dark and stormy night.
It's a well enough developed mystery even if you can see the resolution coming as soon as one character lets slip one vital bit of back story, but it doesn't seem to want to frighten its audience much, which was probably a sound commercial decision in 1944 but today leaves it in the shadow of more genuinely unsettling ghost stories like The Haunting.Read more ›
The plot is comfortingly familiar without being cliched either. Part mystery, part romance, part ghost story, the film, directed by Lewis Allen is quite closely based on a very successful novel by Dorothy Macardle - "Uneasy Freehold" - and stars stars Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey, two excellent actors, as brother and sister confronting something decidedly unpleasant in their "new" old home! Yes, you actually like the characters, and they are far removed from the uncharismatic 18 year olds who dominate most contemporary "horror" movies. To really engage with a film I need to "like" or at least be interested in the fate of the characters and rest assured in The Uninvited - you do.
Charles Lang was nominated in the 1945 Academy Awards for the Best Black and White Cinematography - and my word he deserved this, judging from this new release.
Remastered, but not restored, this is still a decent transfer with a high bitrate for it's "premiere" authorised release on DVD. Yes a restored blu ray version would have been an improvement but unlike some other reviewers I have little complaints about this very welcome release which stood up well to being projected on my 120" screen.
Don't forget this is a 1944 production though, so don't expect CGI etc etc. That's if you like CGI! What you get instead is a master-class in understated threat and a growing sense of unease which is sadly rare in modern film making.Read more ›
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I have just purchsed the GERMAN IMPORT BLU RAY OF THIS MOVIE AND WANTED TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT IT IS REGION FREE AS OPPOSED TO THIS AMERICAN VERSION WHICH IS REGION A LOCKED. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RogShop
I found this film one of the most scary and spooky i have seen, probably due to seeing what a ghost is supposed to look like in our imagination. Read morePublished 6 months ago by gmb
Interesting and entertaining oldie. Good value as you also get two short radio play versions. yes, it is very dated but still atmospheric and creepy.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Uninvited is not creepy and it is not scary and this was a MAJOR letdown after reading so many reviews. Even the blurb on the box pretends this is straight horror. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Colonel Decker