The Uninvited (1944)
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The Uninvited is one of the rare Hollywood ghost stories that does not cop out with a "logical" ending. In fact, the film has more in common with British ghost tales of the period, in that the characters calmly accept spectral visitations as though they were everyday occurrences. Roderick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and his sister, Pamela (Ruth Hussey), buy a house on the Cornish seacoast, never suspecting that it is a "bad" house, subject to haunting. Before long, Roderick and Pamela are visited
Feb 10, 1944 Wide
Apr 28, 2009
MCA Universal Home Video
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For modern audiences, the movie is more elegantly creepy than truly scary, but it still charms.
'Tthis is the only way I can paint you,' says Milland, at the piano. 'Some black keys, and some white.' The speaker might as well be cinematographer Charles Lang, whose painterly compositions -- some black keys, and some white -- make this a spooky gem.
Its thrills and chills are little frissons that tickle the imagination instead of grabbing by the throat.
This proves to be more than just a ghost story, as the twists turn it into a full-blown mystery that stirs up memories of Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca.
a serious-minded, visually elegant chiller with real dramatic weight that was destined to stand apart
The Uninvited was...one of the first films to treat the supernatural seriously, and to play ghosts and hauntings as something other than fodder for comedy.
[T]here's some genuinely spooky stuff here, the wailing sobs that wrack the seaside house on the gloomy cliff and all...
Brilliant! One of the greatest of all ghost stories.
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