"with all the twists and turns The Invitation doesn’t have the time to get boring."
The Invitation is a psychological Indie Thriller (Dan banned me from calling it a Horror) which premiered on March 13th 2015 at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin TX and was released for the rest of us mere mortals on April the 8th 2016, is directed by Karyn Kusama (who has only 4 full length features under her belt, one of them being Jennifer’s Body) and was written by husband Phil Hay and non-husband Matt Manfredi.
The Invitation is about a man, Will (Logan Marshall-Green, who did quite a lot of TV and was also was in Prometheus), who’s going with girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) to his ex wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband Mike’s (Michiel Huisman who plays Daario, Daenerys fuck buddy on Game of Thrones) dinner party.
I have to mention one of the guests is John Carroll Lynch, who I absolutely loved as Twisty in American Horror Story: Freak Show and as Eastman in The Walking Dead as well as being in amazing movies such as Fargo, Shutter Island and Grand Torino. It doesn't matter what he does, the man always brings it!
I have to warn you, if you’re looking for blood and guts from minute one this is not the movie for you. I wouldn’t call this a slow burner as the director does a great job creating suspense and suspicion, the long build up to the climax is mandatory for the characters back story to develop and with all the twists and turns The Invitation doesn’t have the time to get boring.
There are a few lessons to be learned here, the first is especially for you Anglo-Saxons and your over politeness, quit being nice when something is obviously off just to not to pass for rude! Unfortunately I spent way too much time in England and this bad habit is starting to rub off on me too. Sunday night I was at a Corey Taylor concert and I saved the space for some chick who stole my spot minutes earlier… I need to get out of here before is too late.
Second and most obvious piece of advice is do not, for heaven’s sake, go to a dinner party at your ex's house. I'm convinced that exes are exes for a reason, and I believe the old internet saying that goes 'Your ex asking if you can still be friends is like kidnappers saying "keep in touch" after they let you go’ – how can you argue with that?