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346 Ratings

The Uninvited

Directed by Lewis Allen
United States, 1944
Fantasy, Horror


Roderick Fitzgerald and his sister, Pamela, buy a house on the Cornish seacoast, never suspecting that it is a “bad” house, subject to haunting.

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The Uninvited Directed by Lewis Allen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1945 | Nominee: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

Critics reviews

In The Uninvited, horror is not a series of scares, but a tone and mood writ between the imagery and Victor Young’s carefully pitched score; the title might suggest danger, but, instead, it sucks us deeper inside. We always look closer when staring into the dark.
October 29, 2013
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Allen’s sparse compositional sense and carefully choreographed sequences of verbally fueled dramatics—both perhaps inherited from his time as a theater director—emphasize space, depth, and the blocking of the actors within otherwise architecturally elaborate frames. The film (incredibly enough, Allen’s first as a feature filmmaker) is, above all, an aesthetic wonder.
October 29, 2013
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The Uninvited, through an adroit counterpointing, syncopating, and cumulation [sic] of the natural and the supernatural, turns a mediocre story and a lot of shabby clichés into an unusually good scare-picture. It seems to me harder to get a fright than a laugh, and I experienced thirty-five first-class jolts, not to mention a well-calculated texture of minor frissons.
March 11, 1944

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