Sunday, October 10, 2010

Day 9: 31 Days of Horror: The Uninvited

The Uninvited (1944) is another fantastic ghost story. A composer, Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and his sister Pamela (Ruth Hussey) stumble upon a beautiful secluded mansion on the shores of the English coast. Pamela falls in love with the place and convinces the brother to ask about the purchasing price. Surprisingly, the mansion is very cheap, so the two buy it and move in. However, once they move in, they start to hear very strange sounds in the house during the night. It becomes obvious that something had occurred in that house in the past and that it is now haunted. Who is haunting the house? What happened to them? Why won't they leave?

This film has no blood or gore, but that does not mean it won't scare you. It's a suspenseful ghost story with a romance on the side. I'd categorize it as a mix of The Innocents (1961), Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940), and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947). The story is interesting and thrilling. The acting performances are all well done. Ray Milland's is especially spectacular.


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