When Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his partner Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are invited to his ex-wife’s house for a dinner party, all appears to be a relaxed affair with old friends and good wine. But as ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her new partner David (Michiel Huisman) begin acting increasingly shady, Will grows increasingly suspicious of their intentions.
Karyn Kusama has expertly directed an anxious introvert’s actual living nightmare in The Invitation. To discuss plot in any detail would be take away from the claustrophobic, atmospheric slow-build to a truly grizzly, shocking crescendo. But know this: every strained word spoken, every flicker of the eyes, every quiet second that passes as the metaphorical walls close in may feel meandering, but it has a purpose. It serves to add tension. An unbearable weight of tension.
Logan Marshall-Green is exceptional – his emotional turns feel authentic and became my own via osmosis. His grief is palpable, his anxiety deafening. Grief is very much a theme, particularly the idea of shared grief. The old parable ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ taken to an extreme.
The Invitation may be one of the most intensely creepy and unsettling films I’ve seen in a long time. It’s examination of the nature of California death cults, particularly in the wake of trauma, is both fascinating and terrifying. People are fallible and so easily mislead, and in a world of Trump’s America and Brexit, that is the true horror. With an eerie unfolding mystery and red herrings in spades, this is a thriller with a difference. I recommend every one accept this invitation.
THE DEETS Release Date: 8 Apr, 2016 Film Length: 1hr 40min Genre: Thriller, Drama, Horror, Mystery BASH RATING: 9/10