The Invitation (2016)




Written by: Missy

The Invitation is possibly one of the best thrillers to come out in the last 2-3 years, in my humble opinion. More often than not, I feel slightly disappointed when I finally see the newest horror/thriller film. The Invitation blew my expectations out of the water and has, dare I say it, become one of my favorite thrillers of all time. This film is full of suspense and questions from the beginning. It takes quite a bit of time to figure out each layer of the story and leaves you guessing until the very end.


The basic premise of the story is that Will, played by Tom Hardy doppelganger Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus, The Devil), has been invited to a sort of reunion dinner party by his ex-wife Eden and her new husband David. Awkward enough, we also quickly find out that this is the first time this once tight knit group of friends have seen each other in the last 2 years following the untimely death of Will and Eden’s son. Oh and did I mention Eden met David in a grief group that she and Will attended after their son’s death… yeah.  So why are Eden and David now inviting them all to the home where tragedy once struck? Why now after such a long time? These are questions Will keeps asking himself as the night progresses. Will’s paranoia is palpable and the audience is torn between wondering if he is truly detecting some sinister ulterior motive, or if he is overly paranoid and still in utter despair over the death of his son. When two strangers join the party of close friends, things only become more intense and uncomfortable. One of the strangers, Pruitt, is played by John Carroll Lynch who has always given me the major creeps: think Zodiac (2007), Gothika (2003), and Shutter Island (2010). This role is no exception. The viewer is left trying to figure out if the bizarre behavior of the hosts and strangers is merely just a group of ‘hippy’ type people with some unorthodox views, or is Will right and there is something very dangerous going on at this house? Everything comes to a shocking head the last 25 minutes of the film and the truth is revealed.


Besides having an excellent story line that is far from cut and dry, The Invitation offers beautiful, dramatic, and sometimes trippy cinematography, a perfectly ominous soundtrack, and a great cast of somewhat unknown actors. I completely love this film and think almost anyone would enjoy watching it. You do not have to be a horror buff to enjoy The Invitation, but if you are, you will also really appreciate its mastery.

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The Invitation (2015) on IMDb

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