Film Review: The Invitation

Year: 2022 Runtime: 104 minutes Director: Jessica M. Thompson Writer: Blair Butler Starring: Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, Stephanie Corneliussen, Alana Boden, Hugh Skinner, Sean Pertwee, Courtney Taylor By Tom Moore Director Jessica M. Thompson’s sophomore effort, “The Invitation” presents intriguing opportunities for a scary and mysterious vampire flick but rarely capitalizes on them. The film sees Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel), a young woman whose mother recently … Continue reading Film Review: The Invitation

31 Days of Horror, Day 1: The Invitation

An underrated mastery of the psyche “The Invitation” (2015) directed by Karyn Kusama is one of my favorite horror/thrillers in recent years. We’ve seen a lot of psychological distress on screen, but this is truly at its finest here. That churning tension of uncertainty that is introduced early, ruminates throughout, giving us a party that’s not quite what it seems.

Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are invited to his ex-girlfriend Eden’s home (Tammy Blanchard) for a dinner party, he’s not really sure what to expect. When they arrive, they’re surrounded by several old friends, Eden’s new boyfriend David (Michiel Huisman) and some wildcard new acquaintances of the hosting couple, including Pruitt (John Carroll Lynch) who brings an extra element of creepiness. Continue reading 31 Days of Horror, Day 1: The Invitation