The InvitationAfter two years of no contact with anyone, Eden comes back to town with a new husband and the couple throws a party. However, her ex-husband thinks that they have sinister intentions for their guests.
Critic Reviews of "The Invitation"
Miami HeraldMay 19, 2016
If you were at a creepy dinner party, and the hosts decided to show a video of their vacation in which they spent time with a crazy cult leader in Mexico, would you stick around for the main course?
St. Louis Post-DispatchApril 21, 2016
Psychological thrillers just don't get any better than this.
Chicago ReaderApril 21, 2016
Beautifully paced, the movie traces a steady arc from amiability to apocalypse.
San Diego ReaderApril 21, 2016
John Carroll Lynch shares credit with a superb ensemble, but it's his halcyon turn as a pitiable demon that unifies the action.
Washington PostApril 21, 2016
All this foreboding produces no suspense: It's evident from the bloody prologue where "The Invitation" is headed.
Los Angeles TimesApril 15, 2016
Will is the proxy through which we experience the increasingly confounding web of suspicion and surprises that are obfuscated by social niceties and facades of politesse.
ScreenCrushMarch 16, 2017
The Invitation is an exceptionally unnerving thriller, a sharp study in the horrors of platonic indulgence and the over-extension of courtesy.
Bust MagazineOctober 05, 2016
Director Karyn Kusama makes the most of the angular, impossibly expensive house in the Hollywood Hills where almost all of the claustrophobic action takes place.
Cairo360August 17, 2016
A must-see psychological thriller.
Baltimore MagazineJuly 26, 2016
Is this a film about grief masquerading as a horror film -- or vice versa?
ShockTillYouDrop.comJuly 14, 2016
A must see picture.
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Actors of "The Invitation"
Logan Marshall-GreenBirth date: 1 November 1976, Charleston, South Carolina, USADescription: Logan is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. His parents are both drama teachers. His mother, Lowry Marshall, is the artistic director of Brown University's repertory-theater department. Logan graduated with a Master's in Fine Arts from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.He made a few appearances in Law and Order, before landing recurring roles on The O.C. (2003) and 24 (2001). His breakthrough role came in Ridley Scott's Prometheus (2012).
Emayatzy CorinealdiBirth date: 14 January 1980, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USADescription: Emayatzy Corinealdi was born on January 14, 1980 in Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA as Emayatzy Evett Corinealdi. She is known for her work on The Invitation (2015), Middle of Nowhere (2012) and Miles Ahead (2015).
Aiden LovekampBirth date: 14 January 1980, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USADescription: Aiden Lovekamp is an actor, known for The Invitation (2015), Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) and Pawn Sacrifice (2014).
Michelle KrusiecBirth date: 2 October 1974, Fallon, Nevada, USADescription: At the age of 12, a talent agent scouted Michelle Krusiec in her hometown of Virginia Beach. She began formal training at the Virginia Governor's Magnet School for the Arts and graduated with a Theatre and English Degree from Virginia Tech in 1995. She completed additional studies on scholarship at Oxford and then found herself globe-trotting as the host of Travelers (1996) for the Discovery Channel, visiting over 50 destinations around the world. Krusiec has graced films such as Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Cursed (2005), Daddy Day Care (2003), and Duplex (2003), but her uncanny performance in Alice Wu's feature Saving Face (2004) caught the attention of critics from numerous publications, including the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Slate Magazine, NY Post, and Washington Post. Michelle's performance opposite Joan Chen garnered Krusiec a coveted Golden Horse nomination for Best Actress. Inarguably recognized as the "Chinese" Academy Award, the Golden Horse awards have recognized and established talents such as Joan Chen, Maggie Cheung and Li Gong. She is one of the first Asian American actors to be recognized by these prestigious awards. In television, Michelle has made over 30 guest appearances (not including her own NBC series) on prime time hits such as Grey's Anatomy (2005), Weeds (2005), Cold Case (2003), Without a Trace (2002), NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003), Monk (2002), ER (1994), and HBO's dark comedy The Mind of the Married Man (2001). Krusiec's independent forays have premiered in festivals such as Sundance and the Toronto International film festival. In 2002, Michelle was invited to premiere her one-woman solo show, "Made in Taiwan," at the HBO Aspen Comedy festival. Hollywood Reporter named her one of the Top Ten Rising Stars. Recently, the Hollywood Reporter once again highlighted Michelle as part of their "Faces of Sundance" feature 2005.
Mike DoyleBirth date: 2 October 1974, Fallon, Nevada, USADescription: Mike Doyle is an actor and producer, known for The Invitation (2015), Jersey Boys (2014) and Green Lantern (2011).
Jordi VilasusoBirth date: 15 June 1981, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Jordi Vilasuso was born on June 15, 1981 in Miami, Florida, USA as Jordi Alejandro Vilasuso. He is an actor, known for The Invitation (2015), This Modern Man Is Beat (2015) and All My Children (1970).
Jay LarsonBirth date: 15 June 1981, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Jay Larson is an actor and writer, known for The Invitation (2015), Best Bars in America (2014) and Wikipedia (2009).
Marieh DelfinoBirth date: 24 September 1977, Caracas, VenezuelaDescription: Marieh Delfino's career is a study in variations. From her first starring role in the cult Saturday morning hit, "All About Us" (2001)_, to her intense performance in the blockbuster, _Jeepers Creepers II (2003)_ qv). Gracing National Lampoon's _Dorm Dayz 2 (2006) (V)_ as the sexy and comedic genius "Gerri Farber", while simultaneously appearing as Shawn Reaves ("Bob Crane Junior")'s shy girlfriend, in the critically-acclaimed Auto Focus (2002), starring 'William Defoe' and Greg Kinnear, Marieh Delfino constantly keeps us guessing. Her extraordinary upbringing could be the catalyst of her chameleonic ability to effortlessly and elegantly take on such a variety of roles. Marieh has always excelled in the arts, studying classical piano and modern dance since the age of 8, but mostly concentrating on intensive theater. However, contrary to the typical art kid cliché, Marieh strived in athletics and managed to make the honor roll every year at her academically cut-throat high school in Miami, Florida. So scholastically accomplished was she, that she was chosen out of thousands of high school kids as the one student representing her state as its "National Young Leader". Crowned a merit scholar, she was chosen to visit Congress in Washington D.C. to attend banquets and debates, essentially acting as a politician for a week. There, she met with congressmen and women as well as President Bill Clinton, where they engaged daily in educational discussions on various "current events".Adding to her previous acting achievements, Marieh starred in David E. Kelley's Boston Public (2000), as the tough Queens-bred hard-ass turned straight-A student, "Denise DeMarcos". Her character was faced with the decision to get an abortion at the ripe young age of 17, making her particular story-arch a very compelling and haunting subject matter. Such a heart-wrenching topic was only made indisputable by the mesmerizing and frail evoking performance Marieh single-handedly delivered. Her uncanny and limitless ability to jump into characters has allowed Marieh to soar above preconceived notions, thus making her truly believable as an All-American girl-next-door as well as a troubled teen of any ethnic background. That, in itself, is a very rare trait seldom found in one person. Marieh will be seen in the starring role in Zerophilia (2005), a lighthearted comedy about a boy coming-of-age where, upon entering his sexual prime, he finds that he has turned into a woman. Simultaneously, she will also be seen as a trashy Cuban teenager, alongside sister Majandra Delfino, in the much anticipated Wim Wenders vehicle, Don't Come Knocking (2005), starring Sam Shepard, Tim Roth and Jessica Lange. Here, Marieh showcases her knack for dialects as well as her repeating chameleonic resolve.
Tammy BlanchardBirth date: 14 December 1976, Bayonne, New Jersey, USADescription: Tammy Blanchard was born on December 14, 1976 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress, known for Moneyball (2011), Into the Woods (2014) and The Good Shepherd (2006).
Michiel HuismanBirth date: 18 July 1981, Amstelveen, Noord-Holland, NetherlandsDescription: Huisman was born on July 18, 1981 in Amstelveen, Noord-Holland, which is near Amsterdam. Before Game of Thrones (2011), Huisman had a role in Paul Verhoeven's acclaimed Zwartboek (2006), and he played Rudolf Nureyev in the BBC TV movie Margot (2009) about prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Before he became ubiquitous on television, Huisman also performed in a band called Fontaine that wrote music for soundtracks. (Huisman released a solo album in 2005.)Huisman combined his acting and musical talents on the show Treme (2010), where he played Sonny, a drug addicted musician. Then came Huisman's big break into one of the hottest shows on cable, Game of Thrones (2011), where he took over the role of Daario Naharis. Huisman was given a lot of leeway to approach the character and re-interpret Daario his own way. The creators of Game of Thrones (2011) felt that viewers would adapt to the transition between actors well, and Huisman was indeed accepted by fans of the show.Huisman had the distinction of being on three big shows at the same time, namely "Thrones," country music drama Nashville (2012), where he played producer Liam McGuiniss, and the sci-fi series Orphan Black (2013), where he played Cal Morrison, a human who interacting with clones.Huisman also worked regularly in movies such as Brad Pitt's World War Z (2013), and the best seller adaptation Wild (2014), starring Reese Witherspoon.
Lindsay BurdgeBirth date: 27 July 1984, Pasadena, California, USADescription: Lindsay Burdge was born on July 27, 1984 in Pasadena, California, USA as Lindsay Michelle Burdge. She is an actress and casting director, known for A Teacher (2013), The Invitation (2015) and 6 Years (2015).
John Carroll LynchBirth date: 1 August 1963, Boulder, Colorado, USADescription: John Carroll Lynch was born August 1, 1963 in Boulder, Colorado, and was raised in Denver. It was there John found a passion for acting and became a Denver Broncos fan. He graduated in the mid-80s with a B.F.A. in theatre from the The Catholic University of America / Hartke Theatre Acting program. From then, he continued to work in theatre around the country, but concentrated mostly on his work at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, acting in many plays from Shakespeare to Shaw to Chekhov. In the early nineties, John was able to find time away from the theatre to work in film, as productions came through Minnesota. In 1996, he received critical acclaim for his role as Marge Gunderson's simple husband Norm Gunderson in Fargo (1996). He went on to make two more films that year, both of which were conveniently set in Minnesota, the acclaimed Beautiful Girls (1996) and Feeling Minnesota (1996). Since then, John's film career has been on an amazing climb. Much like other well respected actors from the theatre, such as John Malkovich and Gary Sinise, he chooses to play very interesting and diverse roles.
Toby HussBirth date: 9 December 1966, Marshalltown, Iowa, USADescription: Toby Huss was born on December 9, 1966 in Marshalltown, Iowa, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for King of the Hill (1997), Rescue Dawn (2006) and Bedazzled (2000).
Danielle CamastraBirth date: 9 December 1966, Marshalltown, Iowa, USADescription: Danielle Camastra is an actress and producer, known for The Invitation (2015), English as a Second Language (2005) and Price of Glory (2000).
Trish GatesBirth date: 9 December 1966, Marshalltown, Iowa, USADescription: Trish Gates is an actress and assistant director, known for United 93 (2006), The Invitation (2015) and Namour (2016).
Karl YuneBirth date: 16 April 1975, Washington, District of Columbia, USADescription: Karl Yune portrays Maseo Yamashiro (mentor and friend to Oliver Queen) on the hit show Arrow. Karl's character Maseo is a DC Comics character who has had a strong presence throughout season 3 in the flashback story line, as well as in the present day story as Maseo's alter ego Sarab (2nd in command of the League of Assassins and ally to DC character Ras Al Ghul). Karl was born and raised in Washington D.C. and was accepted to Columbia University as a business major. His study and love of Shakespeare during a literature course influenced him to switch his major to theater at the University's School of the Arts. While at Columbia, Yune won the role of Romeo in an off Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet and was later signed to a talent manager. Karl continued to work as a theater actor in New York City and won critical and rave reviews for his performance as Gloucester in a contemporary rendition of Shakespeare's Richard the III. While casting The Last Samurai, director Edward Zwick was impressed with Yune's audition tape and Karl went to Los Angeles for the first time to meet with the famed director. Zwick later informed Karl that the studio was to cast the film out of Japan, but encouraged Karl to move to Los Angeles as he saw promise in the young actor's talent. Inspired, Karl moved to Los Angeles, only to learn that he was offered a five year contract back in New York, on the popular daytime TV drama All My Children. Yune passed on the offer and soon booked his first lead role in the cult film Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. The following year Karl was picked by producer Steven Spielberg to play the memorable role of Koichi, the secret lover to Li Gong's Geisha Hatsumomo, in Memoirs of a Geisha, based on the international best selling novel. Karl continued to work in lead and supporting roles in award winning independent, foreign, and Hollywood films. In 2010, Karl was again chosen by producer Steven Spielberg and director Shawn Levy to star as Tak Mashido, the reclusive legend of the robot fighting world in the scifi drama Real Steel. Karl now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Directors of "The Invitation"
Karyn KusamaBirth date: 21 March 1968, Brooklyn, New York, USADescription: Karyn Kusama was born on March 21, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Karyn K. Kusama. She is a director and writer, known for Æon Flux (2005...
Creators of "The Invitation"
Phil HayDescription: Phil Hay is a screenwriter, producer, and director. His credits, with writing partner Matt Manfredi, include The Invitation (2015), crazy/beautiful...
Matt ManfrediBirth date: 1971, USADescription: Matt Manfredi was born in 1971 in the USA. He is a writer and producer, known for R.I.P.D. (2013), Clash of the Titans (2010) and Æon Flux (2...