Horror History: THE UNINVITED Was Released on This Day in 2009
The Uninvited, directed by Charles and Thomas Guard, was released on this day back in 2009. Many who saw the film never realized it’s actually a remake of the South Korean horror hit A Tale of Two Sisters (directed by Jee-woon Kim). The Uninvited came at the tail-end of the J-Horror craze that saw many American remakes of Asian properties, exemplified by franchises like The Grudge and The Ring. The twist ending still carries significant weight–even if The Uninvited feels watered down when directly compared with A Tale of Two Sisters.
If it’s been a while, or if you never experienced The Uninvited for yourself, give the trailer and synopsis a look-see below.
After spending time in a psychiatric facility, young Anna (Emily Browning) finds significant changes in store at home. Her widowed father (David Strathairn) is now engaged to her mother’s former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks). One night, the ghost of Anna’s mother appears, screaming for revenge and accusing Rachel of murder. Anna and her sister, Alex (Arielle Kebbel), start to investigate, but they may be unprepared for the lethal battle of wills that ensues.
Emily Browning originally auditioned for the role of Alex, the older sister of her character, before being cast as Anna. Ironically, the exact same thing happened with the original film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) where Soo-jung Lim originally auditioned for the other sister Soo-yeon. (Source)
This is Heather Doerksen and Arielle Kebbel’s second Asian horror movie remake, with the first being The Grudge 2 (2006) for Kebbel and The Eye (2008) for Doerksen. (Source)