The Uninvited

1944

Action / Fantasy / Film-Noir / Horror / Mystery / Romance

64
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 8110

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Ray Milland as Roderick Fitzgerald
Alan Napier as Dr. Scott
Gail Russell as Stella Meredith
Donald Crisp as Commander Beech
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by lasttimeisaw 7 / 10

not a spine-tingling scare-fest one might expect it to b

An atmospheric haunted-house yarn nestled on the coast of Cornwall, Broadway workman Lewis Allen's directorial feature debut THE UNINVITED is not a spine-tingling scare-fest one might expect it to be, but a decorous melodrama seeking out the truth about a past tragedy tinged with a tint of Gothic spookiness owing to Charles Lang's stupendous Oscar-worthy camera work through minimal torchlight and candlelight in the mansion where the London siblings Rick (Milland) and Pamela (Hussey) Fitzgerald dwell.

The mansion is called Windward House, which the siblings buy from Commander Beech (a lumpen Crisp) for a knockdown price. The Commander is very cagey about the history of the house and whose only intention is to get the pecuniary profit to secure the future for his 20-year-old granddaughter Stella Meredith (Russell), he brazenly makes it clear that they don't want anything to do with the Fitzgeralds after the deal is cut and dried, intriguing, isn't it? It is not every day someone is offering to buy a jinxed house. But an impressionable and spontaneous Stella takes a liking for the debonair but expansive Rick, confides in him that she feels a strong yet strange connection toward the house where she has been forbidden to set her foot since she was three, when her mother fell to her death from the escarpment in front.

So, apparently it is the apparition of Mary, Stella's mother who torments the new residents with the nightly wailing, chilling draft and pungent scent of mimosa (a clever olfactory indicator as we have to take the characters at their word), but the plot thickens when more details are disclosed: Stella's father had a gypsy mistress Carmel, and the rumor says that it is her who murdered Stella's mother then died of illness afterward. At this step, the ghosts become plural, the rub is whether it is Mary's benevolent calling or Carmel's malignant hex that draws Stella back to the place? Or, as we are all fully aware, there would be a final reveal to overturn all the previous presumptions, after the fuss of a seance and the intervention of a formal nurse, Mary's best friend Miss Holloway (Skinner), there is something fishy about Stella's real identity.

Not quite often a pair of siblings is put in the center of a household, Milland and Hussey make do with their rivalry-free interaction and instill a patina of sangfroid which doesn't seem to be congruent with the mystical happenings, and willfully gives the movie a jocund vibe, if they are not spooked, how can we, armchair rubberneckers, be startled through vicariousness? Forever remembered by Victor Young's theme strain STELLA BY STARLIGHT, a fresh-faced Gail Russell is pleasant to behold, but couldn't be bothered to register a convincing reaction after receiving the bolt from the blue, which mars this otherwise fairly sustained suspense (along with Rick's half- hearted final smack-down with Mary's misty specter). In fact, the best part comes from a scrumptiously scenery-chewing Cornelia Otis Skinner, flagrantly furnishes the story with the requisite venom which one cannot get enough in the genre of uncanny mysteries, which, if really is your cuppa, bearing in mind that Jack Clayton's THE INNOCENTS (1961) is a far superior achievement to be amazed, transfixed and awe-struck.

Reviewed by Dollphase 10 / 10

THE best haunted house mystery movie

This is one you don't want to miss. I waited a long time for this movie to be available on DVD, and it was well worth the wait. The only other black and white haunted house movie that even comes close is House on Haunted Hill, starring Vincent Price. For a more contemporary haunted house movie I recommend The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliff. Scary !

Reviewed by mark.waltz 9 / 10

It's what you don't see that inspires fear.

Probably the greatest ghost story ever filmed, this is not about a traditional "haunted house", but a one consumed by something unknown, making this more a supernatural mystery than a horror film. Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey play brother and sister who decide to buy a house on the rocky shores of Cornwall and find something they don't quite understand. The previous owner (a commanding Donald Crisp) only reveals enough about the strange past of this gorgeous house to open the mystery, and Crisp's young granddaughter (Gail Russell) reveals strange traits that strengthen the mystery and bring her and Milland closer together.

It appears that Russell is haunted by the memory of her mother who died a horrific death on those very same cliffs, and exhibits behaviors that make it appear that she is either possessed by her mother's spirit or possibly visited by it. The house itself is a character all its own, beautiful but remote and distant, as Gothic as Wuthering Heights or Mandalay, and as seemingly dead as its spirit bound abortions, never seen until the thrilling conclusion but heard, yet physically alive and surrounded by growing beauty, but nonetheless sinister without being deadly. Broadway star Cornelia Otis Skinner adds further into the mystery as an old acquaintance of the deceased who makes an 11:00 appearance to treat Russell, but at what cost, and more mysteriously, why?

An outstanding musical score and breathtaking photography makes this a haunting example of how an artistic film could have popular appeal. For director Lewis Allen, it is his crowning achievement, and for its three young stars, their own entry into a type of ghostly immortality. Russell would have her own demons to face in life, but as the troubled heroine of the story, gives the best performance, giving her a place in film history as a star of Gothic thrillers. Like another Gothic thriller ("The Cat People") with horror overtones, this had an unofficial follow-up ("The Unseen") with unrelated characters that may not be as well remembered as the original, but worth seeking out as well.

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