The Invitation (2015)
Watching one of my most anticipated horror films of the year, The Invitation by Karyn Kusama, I was not disappointed. The slow-paced thriller about the reunion of a bunch of 30-something friends at a mysterious dinner party isn’t reinventing the genre, but it will make you hella uncomfortable.
At the center of the party is Eden (Tammy Blanchard), who lost her son in a tragic accident years ago, split from her traumatized husband (Logan Marshall-Green) and took off to Mexico with her new lover (Michiel Huisman). Now Eden’s back, “spiritually transformed” by her Mexican experience, and wishing to reconnect with her old friends, including her ex Will.
Naturally, Will is sceptical of the party hosts’ motivations and rightly so: the “enlightened” couple is acting suspicious and more and more questions emerge.
What is the purpose of this dinner party?
What are the pills in Eden’s bedroom?
Who are this Pruitt guy and the mentally unstable girl who are introduced as “new friends”?
And where the hell is Troy, who was supposed to arrive early but never showed up?
Cue the most awkward, creepy, and terrifying dinner party ever! The Invitation is a slow burner, but it’s nerve-wracking and intense – a perfect little thriller with a semi-diverse cast and a satisfying ending, not to mention a dark critique of new-agey Californians.