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The Invitation Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 18, 2014
The Invitation manages to be a mediocre horror film that had plenty of good ideas ruined by a poorly thought out script, this is a film that definitely could have been more. The result here is a tiresome film that doesn't look like there was any effort into making something thoroughly engaging and thrilling. The tension here is never really present and the cast is pretty wooden in the way they approach their roles. The film could have been a fun, entertaining low budget horror film, unfortunately, it never takes off and it ends up being a tiresome affair that isn't worth investing your time in. I really wanted to enjoy the film, unfortunately, it didn't do anything to grab my attention or entertain me. I felt that there were some good ideas at work, but it never really materializes into something truly good, and I think it's a shame because The Invitation could have been quite the horror film. The cast is lead by famed cult actor Lance Henriksen, and he's really the only good thing about the film. He displays something interesting and engaging, but due to lacking ideas, Henriksen doesn't have much to work with and he does what he can with the so-so material. For those wanting an entertaining low budget horror film, look elsewhere, you won't find it here, as it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of what it could do. The film is dull and tedious, and there never is anything happening, which makes you wonder what the director was thinking. The film just wastes a good idea, and never does anything with its story to really entertain or thrill the viewer, and it ends up being a pointless picture that's not worth your time.
½ July 21, 2013
A film that seems to both want to be a horror film and an introspective drama, The Invitation fails on both levels. You never care about anything, and you get more tension when you're trying to peel a potato.
October 25, 2012
Nothing new in this flick. It is obvious that they spent all their cash on getting Henriksen to do this film. He is the only one with any acting talent. The characters are very one dimensional. I found myself bored watching this and it is a very short film. Completely forgettable.
September 5, 2012
Sometimes you wonder why the bad review on a good movie.Not here....this movie was horrid.
May 5, 2012
Disappointing and unoriginal thriller.
Super Reviewer
September 13, 2011
Meh. Could've done alot better. With weak scares and poor acting, this so called "horror" movie fails to reach it's goal as a terrifying masterpiece.
August 31, 2011
This movie is basically a poorman's Saw only not good and not scary. Full of terrible acting, an uninteresting cast of characters, and a confusing plot, this movie is an example of a poorly made thriller.
March 7, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

(2001) The Invitation

Shoe-string, low budget straight to rental film starring Lance Henrickson as Roland inviting a group of old friends to a secluded island for the intention of poisining them in exchange for information (revealing of dark secrets) for the antidote!

Good ending and exceptional acting by cast because the budget is sometimes appear to be quite evident like from a hand held cam corder for instance except that I didn't care too much about some of it's revealations!

2.5 out of 4
November 5, 2010
~~It WuZ An OkEy MoViE~~
½ December 22, 2008
The idea of the movie was good, maybe if it had a better script and better actors it would've been better.
½ December 22, 2008
The idea of the movie was good, maybe if it had a better script and better actors it would've been better.
September 28, 2008
This is not a horror film. This is an anything but gripping thriller about people's secrets and hidden lies. And a really bad one. The story is ridiculously absurd with an oh-to-obvious production value of zilch.
September 28, 2008
First, this is not a horror film. This is a gripping emotional drama about secrets and lies and people struggling with their inner demons. And a really good one. The story is great and so is the acting ?? Lance Henriksen has never been better. It may look like a play shot with a home video cam, but its a beautiful, thought-provoking and moving little film.
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