Monday, March 16, 2009

Movie Talk: The Uninvited


A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that I had a free rewards ticket for the movies about to expire, so I headed out to the theater. I was in the mood for something light, and there wasn't much playing I wanted to see. I decided to see The Uninvited...I do enjoy creepy films from time to time and they usually at least keep my attention.

The Uninvited is the story of Anna who has spent some in a mental hospital after the death of her mother. Upon returning home, she realizes that her father and stepmother are closer than ever. She also starts seeing ghosts. She turns to her sister to help her figure out what really happened the night her mother died.

This movie certainly kept my attention and there were even a few scenes where I jumped clear out my seat (but that could be because I was so tired and almost falling asleep so when the music suddenly got dramatic, I was startled awake!) but I wasn't thrilled with the necessary trend to have a twist! I don't need a twist at the end of every creepy movie! I just need an engaging story. And for goodness sakes, if you're going to have a twist, it needs to be believable throughout the entire movie.

So I was pretty bummed by the ending, which didn't seem to have enough story support throughout. I kept mulling over all the unanswered questions the ending left, much to my irritation.

It's possible I was just over thinking it, but I really think that the whole "let's have a twist!" thing is out of control. It's not that I don't enjoy one that's well done...I like them when they make everything else in the story make sense. I resent them when they make the rest of the story a mess.

What do you think? Did anyone else see this movie? Do you like creepy movies?





Amy

7 comments:

TexasRed said...

Yikes! A little scared of this one. Tagged you for a photo meme over on my page.

S. Krishna said...

I don't like creepy movies. I like creepy (but not horror) books though! Same way I like sci-fi TV but don't really read sci fi books.

Literary Feline said...

I agree with you about the overuse of twists in movies--and in books. I don't mind them now and then, but I want to be able to go back and say, "Aha! That fits!"

Nymeth said...

I haven't seen this, but that's too bad about the ending. I agree that having a twist just for the sake of having a twist almost never works. I like creepy movies, but more the subtle kind, like The Orphanage.

Amy said...

Texas...thanks!

Swapna...hmmm...you may have inspired a blog post with that comment!

Wendy...I like them when well done, but they have to carefully crafted, you're right. And this one just wasn't.

Nymeth...I want to see the Orphanage. A student told me about it. This movie was okay...better than slasher movies, but could have been much better!

Jenny Girl said...

I love creepy, scary, and slasher movies. One of the best twists imho was the first Saw, at the end. Freaked me out!

Sadako said...

I saw the Korean version, and I liked it--didn't think the twist was too forced.

Also loved the Orphanage, so creepy, so good.

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