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The Invitation

Canadian Premiere
  • USA
  • 2015
  • 99 mins
  • DCP
  • English
Official Selection, SXSW 2015
Official Selection, Stanley Film Festival 2015
Official Selection, Sydney International Film Festival 2015

“A very intense film” - Brad Henderson, POPSHIFTER

“Shivers arrive early and often… builds a remarkable level of tension” - Justin Chang, VARIETY

"The Invitation works so well because it taps into our general distrust of the world around us and how our survival instinct has been muted and ignored in order to maintain the appearance of being polite.” - Drew Tinnin, DREAD CENTRAL

Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and Eden (Tammy Blanchard) were a young couple in love heading into the brightest of futures until a terrible tragedy claimed the life of their child. Eden ran away. Will sunk into years of depression. Now, several years later, Eden has reappeared, newly remarried and oddly changed. She has all but reinvented herself as a different person. Will is also in a new relationship, but emotionally, he’s still on thin ice. Just the same, he can’t resist an invitation from Eden, to a dinner party for old friends at her home. Not long after arriving, Will senses that something is… wrong. There’s an unease in the room. The mix of who’s there, the inexplicable presence of several unknowns amidst the grouping of longtime friends. A sense of subtle menace. What is going on?

The acclaimed return of director Karyn Kusama (GIRLFIGHT, JENNIFER’S BODY), THE INVITATION is an astoundingly frightening film, a brilliantly scripted, character-driven ensemble horror work of the rarest kind. Tensions mount so tightly, your spine just may snap in two, as constrained survival instincts twitch millimetres beneath the surface of polite facades. Kusama’s staging is clever and controlled. The cast, which also features John Carroll Lynch (ZODIAC), Lindsay Burdge (THE MIDNIGHT SWIM) and Michiel Huisman (WORLD WAR Z), is ingenious. This is a violent film, both physically and intellectually. It addresses a string of disturbing existential quagmires, and it plays for keeps.

— Mitch Davis