The Uninvited

Theatrical Release: January 30, 2009
The Uninvited


Based on Kim Jee-Woon’s 2003 Korean horror film, “Changhwa Hongryon,” “The Uninvited” revolves around Anna (Emily Browning), who returns home after spending time in the hospital following the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she discovers her father (David Strathairn) has become engaged to her mother’s former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks). That night, Anna is visited by her mother’s ghost, who warns her of Rachel’s intentions. Together, Anna and her sister (Arielle Kebbel) try to convince their father that his current fiancée is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.

Dove Review

During almost this entire movie there is someone suspected of having committed at least one murder, and possibly several murders. Young Anna (Emily Browning) and her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) attempt to gain the evidence necessary to put away their father’s girlfriend, named Rachael (Elizabeth Banks). They suspect her of killing their mother because she wanted to be with their father. Their mother was an invalid and when a gas leak led to an explosion their mother perished. However, there is such a twist in the end that I felt as if it had been a waste of time watching everything which led up to that point. I felt cheated. The sisters had worked hard together and supported each other and the ending voided everything, which I will not give away.

Never mind that, because the movie has some strong language and frightening images in it, as well as some violent scenes and we cannot award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. If you are “uninvited” to see this film, consider yourself fortunate.

Content Description

Sex: Man has affair and is seen kissing other woman; woman's groans are heard from bedroom where she is having sex with man; kissing and a few innuendos; a comment about woman "riding Dad"; reference to Dad being with woman three times in one night; a vibrator is discovered in a drawer in one scene.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-2; Holy G-1; J-1; F-1; B-2; S-3; A-2; H-1; Whore-1
Violence: House fire erupts from a gas leak; Heads seen in garbage bags; blood; corpses seen; man's body pulled from water where he drowned; blood seen on the floor; bloody hand reaches up on a bed.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man; girls in swim wear and bikinis.
Other: Sudden frightening images pop up of a corpse reaching out to grab someone; ghost of woman appears to daughter; a comment that a woman would come back as wind or a cat to save daughter; scars on girl's wrist from attempting suicide; corpse's face seen in newspaper photo.


Company: DreamWorks
Writer: Craig Rosenberg and Doug Miro
Director: Charles Guard and Thomas Guard
Producer: Casey Grant
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 87 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter