The Invitation (2022)
August 26, 2022 4:30 PM - Subscribe

After the death of her mother and having no other known relatives, Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel) takes a DNA test... and discovers a long-lost cousin she never knew she had. Invited by her newfound family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, she's at first seduced by the sexy aristocrat host but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family's history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity.

Directed by Jessica M. Thompson.

Rotten Tomatoes suggests this is a woof. But my kid and I see every horror movie that comes to the theater now, so we will let you know.

Now playing in theaters.
posted by DirtyOldTown (6 comments total)
There’s another pretty great horror movie called The Invitation and I don’t know why they didn’t call this something else.
posted by jeoc at 4:40 PM on August 26 [2 favorites]

I was considering seeing this, but it looks like the trailer already showed the whole movie.
posted by praemunire at 5:03 PM on August 26 [3 favorites]

After seeing a lot of bad word of mouth and terrible reviews for this, we canceled our tickets and decided to see the South Korean monster flick Alienoid instead.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:09 AM on August 27

That's too bad. I always liked Emmanuel in Game of Thrones and thought that her character (and so many others, and the whole show, really) was done dirty by the last season, and hope that she'll get some better gigs.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:06 AM on August 27

I'm not going to the theater for this -- I'm still masking indoors, and I have to be pretty excited about something to sign up for 90+ minutes of masking -- but I'm still curious about it. Plenty of the negative reviews are just that the film isn't scary, and that doesn't bother me at all. I actually prefer horror-adjacent (horror-flavored? horror-themed? horror-inflected?) films to scary ones.
posted by grandiloquiet at 8:17 AM on August 30

Finally saw this.

This wasn't actually bad. I mean, it's just a Brides of Dracula retread, so there aren't any surprises. But everything about it looks great. Great looking actors, great looking sets/locations, great looking cinematography.

It would be a good movie to step a tween into horror with. I'm not mad about seeing it.

And Jessica Thompson's visual sense is so strong that with a better script, she might really have something.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:41 PM on November 12

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