The Invitation (2022)
The Invitation (2022)

The Invitation (2022) Movie Review

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The Invitation is now playing in theaters. No, it’s not the invitation. This is the invitation. Both have the same name and are horror movies, so is this one worth seeing? Her mother has died, and she doesn’t know of any other relatives. Evie takes a DNA test and discovers a long-lost cousin she never knew she had invited to a lavish wedding in the English countryside by her newfound family.

The Invitation (2022)
The Invitation (2022)

She is initially seduced by the sexy aristocrat host but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity. The invitation pretty much does its own thing Evie is played by Natalie Emanuel, and she’s a pretty charismatic and likeable character.

We find out quickly that she’s trying to make ends meet and is mostly on her own, except for a best friend, so she’s hesitant to go to England to visit her newfound family after her DNA shows a family match. This is a slow-burning movie. It starts with something shocking and mysterious, and then it takes a big step back to let us follow our characters and really care about them.

There’s an unsettling atmosphere to the whole story, and I like that we feel the same unease that Evie does. It’s subtle, but it’s there, and there are some strange and shadowy images that we can see as the story goes on. For almost the whole movie, there isn’t much in the way of horror. I’m going to be vague about a lot of this in case you haven’t seen the trailer, because if you have, it tells you almost everything and there’s not much of a surprise left.

For those who haven’t seen the trailer, know that the vagueness is for your benefit if you choose to see this. It’s an hour and 45 minutes long, and for at least an hour of that, the slow burn with character dialogue is engaging and helps to establish an atmosphere that’s unsettling. Unfortunately, the story is very predictable, and when that’s coupled with a very rushed climax, this feels like wasted potential and ends up being an ineffective horror story There’s sex  brief nudity, some profanity, and a bunch of violence.

I give the invitation two out of five couches, so are there any horrors that you’ve seen recently that are worth watching Let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this review, and please give it a like. Also, don’t forget to share.

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