Vacationing on the coast of England, Siblings Rick and Pamela Fitgerald stumble across a beautiful house sitting on the coastline. Pamela falls in love with the property, convincing Rick to buy this seemingly dream-home. Purchasing the home at a very favorable price, thanks to ‘the disturbances” reported from previous tenants, Rick and Pamela start their life in their dream-like coastal home only to discover that these reported disturbances are more than they bargained for. Lewis Allen’s The Uninvitied is one of those old movies that is no doubt responsible for setting the structure of horror films/ghost stories for years to come. We have the mysterious characters in Commander Beech and Mrs. Halloway who seems to hiding something, the reluctancey to except the supernatural in Rick’s character, and how the film plays much like a mystery to discover the truth behind the ghost’s presence. This is an old school ghost story where the spirit isn't necessarily an evil monster but a paranormal presence looking for some type of closure. This story unfolds with a lot of dramatic weight, with Stella, the daughter of the ghost, playing a central role in this maternal ghost story. The Uninvited has a great atmosphere, using music and lighting to create a tense ghost story that is spooky but surprisingly whimsical at times thanks to a great script. Lewis Allen's The Uninvited is not the type of film that would scare modern audiences but it has an elegance that no modern horror films seem to have anymore, establishing many of the tropes of this subgenre while delivering a spooky, smart ghost with dramatic weight
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