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The Invitation (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.

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Karyn Kusama
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan Marshall-Green ... Will
Tammy Blanchard ... Eden
Emayatzy Corinealdi ... Kira
Aiden Lovekamp ... Ty
Michelle Krusiec ... Gina
Mike Doyle ... Tommy
Jordi Vilasuso ... Miguel
Jay Larson ... Ben
Marieh Delfino ... Claire
Michiel Huisman ... David
Lindsay Burdge ... Sadie
John Carroll Lynch ... Pruitt
Toby Huss ... Dr. Joseph
Danielle Camastra ... Annie
Trish Gates ... Follower (as Patricia Gates)
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Storyline

Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband... and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will's hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,877, 10 April 2016

Gross USA:

$231,737

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$354,835
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Karyn Kusama's first film in 7 years. See more »

Goofs

The fine wine served at the beginning of the party is referred to as an "'85 Rothschild." However, this is not enough information to identify the bottle as there are two highly prestigious wines associated with the name "Rothschild": Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. To distinguish between the two, they are commonly known as "Lafite" and "Mouton" respectively. However, the bottle that WIll pours from appears to be a Lafite, so the error could be deliberate. See more »

Quotes

Miguel: Will thinks you guys are on pills. Figuratively.
David: You think we're crazy?
Will: I-I never said that.
David: It's okay, I'm not offended. A lot of people think we're crazy. But I doubt they're as happy as we are.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

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Devil's Spoke
Written and Performed by Laura Marling
Published by Chrystalis Music Ltd (PRS) c/o BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of Ribbon Music
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An Intoxicating Thriller. Incredible.
15 August 2017 | by afrodomeSee all my reviews

Sometimes I cannot understand the dissonance between me and a great number of movie reviewers on this page. I had not seen any trailers of the sort because I didn't want to preview parts that may spoil he movie. With that said, I'm so glad I watched this film. This ranks with Green Room as a real edge-of-your-seat kind of movie but for entirely different reasons. While Green Room is just a unhinged speed chase offroad in complete darkness, leaving you dizzy with blurting holy sh't every 10 seconds, The Invitation takes it's time while not letting the story flatline. The use of ominous shots and reverberating violins really give you that sense of unease.

The buildup, the paranoia, the character-structuring, the heavy atmosphere all build up to a short and worthy second half of the film.

Honestly, it's frustrating to see so many people give this movie a criminally low rating because 'nothing happens'? Was I watching the same movie? Because what I saw building up to the climax was some of the most gorgeous shots with very grounded characters that immersed me into the story. People react to a movie that they were expecting and it wasn't, so they rate it a 1. Really? This is a quality thriller that I recommend everyone check out.


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