This is a movie I was all set to pass on. That's right, a horror movie that I had little interest in seeing. Why? That's a good question. First off, did you see the trailer or any of the commercials? If you did, then you have a pretty good reason not to see the film. Simply put, the ads have been downright awful. I felt as if I had seen the entire film in the span of a scant couple of minutes. That is not a good thing. Trailers are supposed to excite the viewer, entice them to want to see the movie. This does neither. I am a horror fan and I am more than willing to sit through complete dreck, but sometimes you have to draw the line somewhere.
What changed my mind? Two things. The first is the fact that Roger Ebert gave it a three-star review. I do not always agree with him, and I did not read the content, but the mere appearance of the trio was enough to reignite my interest. The other reason is that I was interested in the pairing of Elizabeth Banks and David Strathairn.
With my screening now safely in the rear view mirror I feel safe in saying that I am shocked. I liked The Uninvited. I was so sure the trailers had given me everything I wanted to know. I was wrong. The movie is surprisingly effective, occasionally scary, and frequently tense, more than can be said for another recent horror flick, The Unborn. Having seen the two Un-films, I am a little surprised by how they turned out, both proving how unreliable trailers can be. I was sure that The Unborn was going to prove the more successful film; the trailer showed some genuinely creepy moments and just looked a bit "coole." Then I saw the film and the result was a jumbled, incomprehensible mess. The Uninvited came forth with that awful trailer and turned out to be the better film.