Sony has been going on about The Invitation for ages now on social media and I had the chance to see it, so here’s my review. I will have to go into spoiler territory later, but I will posts tags.
The Invitation stars Nathalie Emmanuel (Game Of Thrones), Thomas Doherty, Stephanie Corneliuseen, Alana Boden, Hugh Skinner, and Sean Pertwee. It’s directed by Jessica M. Thompson and written by Blair Butler. The story is:
A young woman is courted and swept off her feet, only to realize a gothic conspiracy is afoot.
The story is based on the original Dracula, but in this version young Evie (Emmanuel) does a DNA test only to find she’s part of a British family. She meets one of them in New York and ends up going to England to meet the rest of them.
Obviously, things are not as they seem. The story is good in an old-fashioned way. It reminded me of some of the old Hammer Horror movies, very Gothic and chilling in places.
The direction is pretty good, there are good misdirects and jump scares and I loved how they wold be something creepy in the background but the director didn’t add spooky music, it gave it a better overall feel than most modern horror out there.
The main problem with The Invitation is, as always with modern movies, the writing.
Apparently, if you have seen the trailer, it spoils a lot of things.
It turns out that her DNA links her to a family which would become one of the three wives of a vampire. When she is turned she will gain the benefit of all of the vampires and the humans that have got rich off helping him, including his money and estate.
Walter, the lord of the manor and the master vampire, is charming and she does fall in love with him. However when he breaks the news that she’s going to be a blood-sucking creature for the rest of her days, she resists.
This kind of annoyed me. She’s being offered all the wealth she could imagine, immortal life, and superhuman strength. In this version vampires can go out in the daytime, so the whole offer is pretty sweet! I kept thinking I would have taken it.
The ending was a little anti-climactic as well. She learns that she has to drink his blood at the wedding and she will gain his powers, so she does, and then stabs him in the heart only then to have a big fight with the other two wives.
This felt on the “message”, that women are controlled by a man then the women break free from his oppression so they can fight for themselves. But maybe I am just reading too much into it. The ending was just disappointing, as it seemed to be over too quickly. With a recently turned vampire with some developing vampire powers, against a master vampire at least a few hundred years old, I can’t see how else they could have finished it but it was a shame.
Overall, The Invitation was a well-made movie and probably a good date film to watch with your partner curled up beside you, squeezing your arm at the more scary moments. It’s just a shame that the end is a little dull.
I would give it a chance. It’s an above-average horror movie.