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The Uninvited (15)

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:32 24 August 2010

The Uninvited www.uninvitedmovie.com by Alex Wellman Recent remakes of Oriental Horror films have not gone down too well at Times towers. The incessant plundering of an oil-rich well has

The Uninvited (15)

www.uninvitedmovie.com

by Alex Wellman

Recent remakes of Oriental Horror films have not gone down too well at Times towers.

The incessant plundering of an oil-rich well has left the genre lacklustre and predictable.

What, ten years ago, was a solid scare fest has now turned into little more than a series of lank haired women creeping around as pale children look on.

Boring, not scary.

So we come to the latest Oriental remake with the Uninvited, which is no different in having pale children looking on and the odd lank haired woman.

Anna (Emily Browning) returns home after a spell in hospital following the traumatic death of her seriously ill mother.

Coming home to the shock news that her father (David Strathairn) has got engaged to the nurse (Elizabeth Banks) who once cared for her mother, Anna struggles to cope.

Following a visit from her mother's ghost who warns her about her new step mother she seeks solace in her party loving sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel).

The pair become convinced that their new stepmother is not all that she claims to be and attempt to convince their father.

When oh when will the Great British public get a horror/thriller film that they truly deserve?

Last year we were blessed with two from Spain (The Orphanage and Rec) but as yet the chills cupboard lays bare for 2009 and The Uninvited does not do a good enough job of filling it.

There is no invention and no real desire to show the audience anything new and when it does go for the scares it relies on the tried and tested formula.

Bloody hands grip the bed sheets and shadows scream but all the audience does is yawn.

Young children, pale in complexion, walk around in a dreamlike state pointing at graves and passing accusing glances.

Yawn bloody yawn.

Good points are few and far between, but the acting is not awful and there is a neat twist at the end that some will get in the first five minutes while others will not see until it hits them.

But in truth it is just another lazy rehash of past films that will make enough money at the box office to make its paymasters happy.

Rating 2/5 stars

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk


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