The Invitation (2015)
I must admit, I have been regularly searching through Netflix to find new movies to watch and typically found disappointment before defaulting back to watching Always Sunny In Philadelphia episodes for the hundredth time. (For the record, I will never actually get tired of this show.) However, tonight I decided to take a chance on a film which has been saved under my favorites for quite some time–much longer than it should have remained, I now realize.
The Invitation (2015), crafted by Karyn Kusama and Gamechanger Films, is definitely a gem that can be found within the Netflix collection: “While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests” (IMDB).
Immediately I recognized a familiar face in the film and after a quick look-up, realized the lead role is played by Logan Marshall-Green who you might remember from Devil (2010). Since this blog is filled with my own personal opinion, I’d like to state that I think his performance was nothing short of excellent in The Invitation. Equally impressive, in my humble opinion, was the camera work. The film takes place within a lavish home in Los Angeles, but the camera angles, movement, and locations somehow induce a feeling of intensity and being trapped.
I’d also like to commend the director, Karyn Kusama, for crafting such a unique sense of suspense–almost like that of a M. Night Shyamalan piece. The beginning plot seems to proceed at a crawl, which it almost made me question whether it had been falsely categorized as horror. However, once the suspense peaks, it gives way to a shocking level of excitement that is sure to get your heart pounding. It really makes you appreciate the entire film from start to finish.
Also, I’d like to make a quick shout-out to the subreddit, r/horror, where I found multiple users suggesting this film and convinced me to enjoy it as well!