(87) The Uninvited takes us back to a time when horror movies were more “spooky” than scary. Its opening sequences are peaceful and carefree, with only a hint of foreboding. We’re allowed to properly fall in love with the clueless characters at the story’s center before things take an ominous turn. The central mystery surrounding Stella (played by Gail Russell) and her childhood home gives this ghost story its direction, and her excellent performance gives the film its heart. The Uninvited is classical silver-screen horror at its best.
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