Length: 1 hour 40 minutes
Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Suspense
Reading Challenges: A to Z, Book Blog Discussion
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.
Karyn Kusama ... (directed by)
Phil Hay ... (written by) &
Matt Manfredi ... (written by)
Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
Logan Marshall-Green ... Will
Tammy Blanchard ... Eden
Emayatzy Corinealdi ... Kira
Aiden Lovekamp ... Ty
Michelle Krusiec ... Gina
Mike Doyle ... Tommy
Jordi Vilasuso ... Miguel
Jay Larson ... Ben
Marieh Delfino ... Claire
Michiel Huisman ... David
Lindsay Burdge ... Sadie
John Carroll Lynch ... Pruitt
Can you post every day except Sundays during this month? And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?
Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet. When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge.
More info can be found at Blogging from A to Z and the full list of bloggers is here!
- “A” post — April 1, 2018 (No fooling! 😁 )
- After Challenge Survey — May 3, 2018
- Reflections — May 7, 2018
My A to Z Challenge: I for The Invitation
I was excited to watch this, currently on Netflix so not only is it free, but it looked like a suspenseful thriller. If you look at some of the reviews on IMDB, and if you haven’t seen this, I would suggest skipping them until you watch and form your own opinion, many reviewers said this is boring.
The fun thing about a mystery is the fact that it is a mystery. You go into it knowing that you’re going to be given clues, slowly. They have to build. And that is exactly what this movie does. It builds, beautifully until the climax.
I’ll admit, it is one of the slower building movies on this A to Z list. But, this is about all things horrific. I personally, love the slow build. While I also enjoy super hero movies and the in your face explosions and drama, this is dramatic because of the characters and their differing story lines.
Ok, so the above trailer, without all the music, which lends a certain eeriness factor just in itself, this just looks like a drama. Until you get closer to the end of the trailer. It’s the same in the movie. This is a drama, and when you put the puzzle pieces together, you’re left with people that are hurting, that are trying to make their way in the world. The one thing we all know is the most difficult thing to do, but can also be the most enlightening.
It comes out, early enough, what is happening, why they were invited. The host and hostess explain, not everything, they hold just enough back to make Will suspicious. He also starts getting a bit paranoid as he starts searching through their things. A little insane, in my opinion. And the more he searches, the more weird crap he finds, which is just feeding his paranoia.
I didn’t put it together until he finds a computer. Again, he’s searching through their stuff! I would have kicked this guy out already. But, they don’t, and here he is snooping. There’s a clip that helps to put those last few pieces of the puzzle together. This is about 30 minutes until the end of the movie.
While up until this point it hasn’t been scary, the music along with Will’s paranoia, and the creepiness of the hosts, does all factor in. It’s starting to feel like maybe Will isn’t just falling down some rabbit hole in his mind, maybe they all are in that rabbit hole and don’t know it yet.
Then they’re all around the dining table again. With all this added adrenaline it’s hard to figure out if I was guessing correctly or if I was following Will off the deep end. My suspicions were correct though (which I’m not going to say because I’m a jerk!) and things go haywire from there!
While many horrors are like those fabulous 80’s horrors that I love, some are like this. When you don’t know who to trust, or if you can’t even trust yourself, it’s creates more tension. A lot more. Not only for those around you, but for you too. Which is exactly what happened here. What I love about these slower building horrors, is that there is not a definitive answer until closer to the end of the movie, so the viewer is left trying to put those puzzle pieces together. We know something is going to happen, just not what. We don’t even truly know if anyone is in danger, like those fabulous 80’s films where the villain is around every corner! Which makes this even more special.
I personally loved it. After watching a lot of demon movies, I was ready for something a little more tame. The movie as a whole isn’t tame, but I was slowly creeping towards the edge of my seat instead of putting a pillow in front of my face! Big difference.
For A to Z – S I talk about Suspense and how it affects the watcher/reader. It’s important to build that suspense and to create this nearly tangible bit of terror. While this movie wasn’t terrifying at all, it has suspense in spades!
I definitely recommend this. Especially if you have someone in your life that doesn’t love horror. This is like a dinner mystery. Horror lovers and non-horror lovers alike, should enjoy
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- A to Z
- Book Blog Discussion