With Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks David Strathairn, Maya Massar, Jesse Moss, Kevin McNulty

Written by Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard, based on the motion picture "Janghwa, Hongryeon" written & directed by Ji-woon Kim

Directed by Charles & Thomas Guard (aka The Guard Brothers)

The prime focus of Dreamworks is usually a more family oriented mainstream one, hence the surprise when this creepy tale crawled along from the producers of The Ring remake and Disturbia.
A teenaged girl is checked out of an institute after recovering from a breakdown. This was due to the death of her ailing mother in a devastating fire at their waterside home in Maine. As she adjusts to her old surroundings, her disturbing dreams start to infiltrate her reality. She begins encountering agonized spirits trying to convey a message to her. This all starts to point in the direction of her new stepmother to be (who was also the ex-nurse who cared for her terminally ill mother before her flaming death). Together with her sister they start to unravel the mystery to try and expose the interloper.
Besides some good frights, freaky moments and blood, The Uninvited is not just a ghost- and horror flick, but also weaves in elements of psychological drama and a touch of murder-mystery. And expect a nice twist. The beautiful cliff-side cove setting near Vancouver (doubling for Maine) was a great choice.
Following in the recent tradition of Eastern fright movie remakes, The Uninvited slightly tweaks the premise of its acclaimed 2003 predecessor "Changhwa, Hongryon", and manages to retain its own identity.

Extra features include deleted scenes (and a not so exciting) alternate ending, as well as a look behind the scenes which has the movie-makers talk about various aspects of the movie and the context of this remake in relation to the original (something they usually tend to avoid to make a movie seem more original).

4 / B
- Paul Blom

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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