21 October 2014

The Uninvited (1944)
98 min.
Directed by Lewis Allen.
With Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Alan Napier.
A consummate haunted house venture.

Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey are the brother and sister who move into a large English house along the coast...and soon find themselves besieged by a whole host of unexplained supernatural phenomena.

There's a strange chill in some of the rooms. The smell of flowers seems to waft about the house. And freshly cut flowers die almost immediately when you bring them in from the garden outside.

Turns out they're sharing the mansion...with two women ghosts!

Which couple will outlast the other?

They don't make them like this anymore: a good old fashioned haunted house thriller with a strong cast, simple and believable plotting, and some eery atmospherics.

King of Terror Milland is (nearly) always a joy to watch, and here's no exception; the whole thing clearly directed by a sure hand.

A must see, perfect rainy day watch.

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