The Uninvited

(Kimberley French)


The Uninvited

Genre: Horror; Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn; Director: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard; Author: Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Craig Rosenberg; Release Date Wide: 01/30/2009; Runtime (in minutes): 87; MPAA Rating: PG-13

In The Uninvited an unstable teen (Emily Browning) suspects her mom was killed by her dad’s hot new fiancée (Elizabeth Banks, with cleavage far perkier than her TV-movie line readings). Horror standbys like mangled corpses and stone-faced children pop up regularly, but sibling directors Charles and Thomas Guard haven’t quite nailed the genre’s rhythms: Their frights tend to loiter onscreen just long enough for us to see that they aren’t all that scary in the first place. D-

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