The Invitation (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
100 minutes /

User Score: 62/100

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The Invitation Review


While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.

The Invitation (2015) is an American thriller horror movie that is 98 minutes long and was filmed in Los Angeles, California, USA. Director Karyn Kusama (Æon Flux (2005), Jennifer’s Body (2009), Girlfight (2000), Speechless (2013)) did an incredible job directing her fourth full-length movie. She shines in this movie by displaying her beautiful directorial skills. The movie contains chilling moments that will bring all sort of thoughts to your mind. It also contains great suspense, brutal scenes, friends, betrayal, intense moments, and violence.

The Invitation is about a married couple in Los Angeles, California, who got divorced after their son passed away. Will’s ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard - Moneyball (2011), The Good Shepherd (2006), Into the Woods (2014), Guiding Light (1952)) moved away with David for about 2 years to Mexico and now returns. She throws a dinner party to get together with everyone she left behind and hasn’t seen. Will ( Logan Marshall-Green - Prometheus (2012), Devil (2010), Brooklyn’s Finest (2009), Across the Universe (2007)) and his girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) does not want to go but feels obligated to do so. Eden brought back her friends Sadie (Lindsay Burdge) and Pruitt ( John Carroll Lynch) from Mexico with her. She met her new friends at a retreat in Mexico that help people to get over and/or deal with grief. The other strange thing that Eden and her husband David (Michiel Huisman - World War Z (2013), Wild (2014), Black Book (2006), De co-assistent (2007)) brought back was something called The Invitation. Eden and her guy wants everyone to join The Invitation which is some sort of cult that teaches you how to forget the tragic situation you have faced and how to move past it because there will be wonderful things waiting for them in the next life. You will change once you accept The Invitation, and you will see life in a new way. Watch this movie to see what happens if you choose not to join The Invitation.

The movie presses on a real matter in today’s society where we see people getting into new lifestyles that are introduced to them by someone else or the internet. They feel it is a way to heal themselves from whatever the circumstance is. This movie is by far not another cult movie as it stands alone by itself in so many different ways. It shows us how quickly people get angry when religion is questions or mentioned. I kept thinking about this movie since I saw it and how it plays well on our world today. The entire cast did an excellent job with their roles. This is one of the best horror thriller movies I have seen within the last few months and recommended it to all horror fans.

About The Invitation 2015

Title: The Invitation
Year: 2015
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 29 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 29
Starring: John Carroll Lynch, Toby Huss, Aiden Lovekamp, Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, Marieh Delfino, Michelle Krusiec, Mike Doyle, Lindsay Burdge, Jay Larson, Trish Gates, Karl Yune, Jordi Vilasuso, Tammy Blanchard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Danielle Camastra
Writers: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Director: Karyn Kusama