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The Uninvited (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 30 January 2009 (USA)
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Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother.

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Charles Guard (as The Guard Brothers), Thomas Guard (as The Guard Brothers)

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Craig Rosenberg (screenplay), Doug Miro (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Browning ... Anna
Arielle Kebbel ... Alex
David Strathairn ... Steven
Elizabeth Banks ... Rachel
Maya Massar Maya Massar ... Mom
Kevin McNulty ... Sheriff Emery
Jesse Moss ... Matt
Dean Paul Gibson Dean Paul Gibson ... Dr. Silberling
Don S. Davis ... Mr. Henson
Lex Burnham Lex Burnham ... Iris
Matthew Bristol Matthew Bristol ... David
Daniel Bristol ... Samuel (as Danny Bristol)
Heather Doerksen ... Mildred
Alf Humphreys ... Priest (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
Ryan Cowie ... Orderly
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After the death of her ill mother in a fire, the young teenager Anna tries to commit suicide and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. Ten months later, Anna still cannot remember what had happened on the night her mother died. Her psychiatric Dr. Silberling, however, discharges her telling that she has resolved her issues. Her father and successful writer, Steven, brings her back home in an isolated mansion nearby the coast. Anna finds that her mother's former nurse, Rachel Summers, is her stepmother now. Anna meets her beloved sister, Alex, swimming in the sea. She discovers that Steven has not delivered the letters and CDs that Alex had sent to her. As time moves on, Anna is haunted by ghosts and she believes that Rachel killed her mother. Alex and Anna decide to look for evidence to prove that Rachel is the murderer and Anna discovers the truth about the fire in the boat house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, thematic material, sexual content, language and teen drinking | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

30 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Apparition See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,325,824, 1 February 2009

Gross USA:

$28,596,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,624,046
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When producer Walter F. Parkes was asked of the shooting location, he said: "80% of the story takes place at the house, so we couldn't make the movie without the right one. It couldn't have been more important. We scouted Louisiana, an environment which is both beautiful and slightly threatening. We had two houses which were terrible compromises, but both of them fell through. We had a difficult time finding anything that had both the connection to the story and the right logistical possibilities. But then we were lucky to find in Canada a place that seemed as if it had been built for our movie. It was perfectly evocative and suggestive of a family that is both welcoming and forbidding. The fact that the house was within 30 miles of Vancouver was a greater plus than the minus of having to get everyone on boats to get them over there; water taxis and ferries are a way of life up there. In fact, I don't remember ever having a more pleasant time on a location. Getting onto a boat and having a cup of coffee and then going up the little pier and the stairs we built, it focused us. We were isolated with one thing on our minds, which was making this movie. It was great." See more »

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Great Remake
30 September 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After the death of her ill mother in a dreadful fire followed by an explosion in the boat house where she was living, the young teenager Anna (Emily Browning) tries to commit suicide cutting her wrists and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. Ten months later, Anna still has a blackout about what had happened in that night but her psychiatric Dr. Silberling (Dean Paul Gibson) discharges her telling that she has resolved her issues. Her father and successful writer Steven (David Strathairn) brings her back home in an isolated mansion nearby the coast and Anna finds that the former nurse of her mother, Rachel Summers (Elizabeth Banks), is her stepmother now. Anna meets her beloved sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) swimming in the sea and she discovers that Steven has not delivered the letters and CDs that Alex had sent to her. Along the days, Anna is haunted by ghosts and she believes that Rachel killed her mother. Alex and she decide to look for evidences to prove that Rachel is a greedy murderer and Anna discovers the truth about the fire in the boat house.

I usually hate remakes, but "The Uninvited" is a great remake of the excellent but confused "Janghwa, Hongryeon" (a.k.a. "The Tale of the Two Sisters"). I liked to see in the Extras of the DVD the interview with the writers of the screenplay, producers and directors Charles and Thomas Guard since they have been very honest in their words recognizing the merits of the original Asian movie that was the base of their script. Further, they had the skill of using the original storyline with an intriguing supernatural and non-complicated plot and an excellent plot point that provides a satisfactory explanation for the events that triggered the whole process in Anna's mind. I do not recall seeing the sweet Emily Browning in another movie, but she proves that she is an excellent actress, participating in practically every scene and giving credibility to Anna. The efficient David Strathairn and Elizabeth Banks and the also unknown Arielle Kebbel have also great performances in this highly recommended supernatural feature. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Mistério das Duas Irmãs" ("The Mystery of the Two Sisters")


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