Anna has been having a terrible year, even by teen standards. It started, as so many of these things do, with her mother. Mom was bedridden for the longest time with some awful disease, and she'd exiled herself to the boathouse down the hill from the family's island mansion — possibly to escape the sounds of her husband having it off with her live-in nurse, a frosty blonde named Rachael. Then, very suspiciously, the boathouse burned down, and Mom along with it. Anna, in a fit of acting-out, slit her wrists and woke up in a mainland bughouse. Now the shrinks have turned her loose and sent her back home to her father and her sister Alex and ... Rachael, who's still living in. Can things get any worse?
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The movie is a spirited remake of South Korean director Kim Jee-Woon's 2003 shocker,
And what are all these characters up to? Oh, the usual: Something's Not Right. If Mom's so dead, what's that thing oozing around in the corner? And those three corpse kids in the cemetery — why're they still traipsing about? And that nice delivery boy with the urgent news to impart — what ever happened to him? Did he stumble over one of the bulging bloody trash bags? As for Rachael, she may come on all step-maternal now that she's lassoed Dad, but she seems to whip out a snarl — and a syringe! — whenever he leaves the room. "She's like a crack whore without the dignity," Alex says. Please take your undead hand off my leg.
"The Uninvited" shares its dark, sneaky secret with ... oh, let's say a number of other crafty psych-out movies starring people like Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Robert De Niro (not to mention Cécile De France). It's not a picture likely to set off any large cultural tremors, but its smallness of scale is part of what makes it such an enjoyable watch. And anyway — dude, what is that thing crawling around under your skin?
("The Uninvited" is a Paramount Pictures release. Paramount and MTV are both subsidiaries of Viacom.)
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