The Invitation

After the death of her mother, Evie is approached by an unknown cousin who invites her to a lavish wedding in the English countryside. Soon, she realizes a gothic conspiracy is afoot and must fight for survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Thrillers
  • Stars: Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, Stephanie Corneliussen, Alana Boden, Courtney Taylor, Hugh Skinner, Sean Pertwee, Jeremy Wheeler, Kata Sarbó, Scott Alexander Young, Virág Bárány, Elizabeth Counsell, Carol Ann Crawford, Christine Grace Szarkó
  • Director: Jessica M. Thompson
  • rochfordsimon - 31 May 2024
    Rich White Folk feeding on Non-White, Poor Folk
    I'm gonna be honest. I was looking forward to watching this movie. It turned out to be yet another modern day agenda, hidden behind a horror.

    I was fighting with myself throughout the duration. Will I turn it off or watch it??? Unfortunately I watched it for the whole duration.

    A dirt poor, wannabe artist that is struggling financially in New York. Needs to work as a waitress. But she lives in a fancy apartment by herself and dresses in fancy, designer clothes. All the working class staff are non-white.

    All the bad prople in the movie are white and men. I'm sure you get the drift by now. Modern day nonsense with horror.
  • marthacaflisch-48643 - 23 May 2024
    If I could give 0 stars I would.. even minus!
    I guess because I'm not in general a fan of the horror movie genre, I found this to be the stupidest movie I've seen since I can remember.

    Superficial, simplistic clichés from beginning to end. It seems as if Americans can only imagine Britons as a binch of eccentrics, living in great houses with arrogant staff that terrorise all and sundry. All I could keep thinking was that the title should really have been:

    "Meghan Markle's Dream Revenge on the Royal Family" was that stupid.

    As to the Dracuka references, as soneone who is nir a fan of this gente i have no clue, but it all seemed pretty silly to me.

    I definitely don't recommend watching this unless you're a fan of this kind of drivel.
  • UMBU1991 - 28 April 2024
    Bored to Death: The Invitation
    If you're into slow-paced movies that leave you feeling more disconnected than your WiFi on a bad day, then "The Invitation" is the perfect snooze fest for you. The plot moves at a pace that makes molasses look fast, and the characters are about as lively as a graveyard at midnight. Oh, and did I mention there are supposed to be vampires? Yeah, they're about as terrifying as a Chihuahua in a Halloween costume. Save yourself the agony and watch paint dry instead.

    Honestly, the movie has potential, but it was spoiled - what a waste. Why is it so difficult to make a good horror movie with a plot that makes sense and intriguing to watch?
  • laura_e_dillon - 4 January 2023
    Solid 6.5 but giving it a 10 due to all the ridiculously low reviews
    I thought this was a solid movie, much better than expected. Many of the negative reviews are just from people who are like "its not gory or bloody enough" but seriously not everyone enjoys that kind of thing plus like what do you expect, its PG13? Doesnt quite seem like its being rated fairly. Honestly, to me it was more violent than expected for the rating. The dinner scene in particular was quite disturbing. Performances were good and the movie was enjoyable. I did not see the trailer so I didnt know what to expect going in, nor did I know it was "horror", it just looked like it was probably somewhat spooky. Was not dissapointed.
  • darkmaster-26079 - 31 December 2022
    More "woke" reverse racism
    No wonder netflix is going under putting trash movies like this out. The first hour and some change is a lifetime love story and it mutates into some cheezy unremarkable action film with a hint of horror I guess? On top of all of that, there is some of the worst CGI I've ever seen especially in modern times...

    The lead in the movie is bipolar packing her bags to leave one second and then turning around and having sex with the guy she was running from.. I've never seen so many mood changes in my entire life.

    There are a ridiculous amount of plot holes and unanswered questions. I'm not sure a book could be written to fix and explain all of that.

    Of course there are vampires, but apparently they are also bipolar and turn on each other and then somehow die due to a stake through the stomach?!? So does piercing their ears kill them too???

    Anyways, the best things about this whole movie are the lighting, location, and the male lead. He at least attempts to save this disaster. Not worth the watch unless you're very bored. I fell asleep 3 times trying to finish it.
  • jilewi - 30 December 2022
    Urgent, life-affirming allegory of equity and justice.
    Evie, a strong, independent Woman of Color, discovers to her surprise that she is related to an aristocratic English family. She travels to England on the family's dime, and it's none too long before Things Begin to Go Wrong. As everyone knows, all wealthy white people are Bad, and their genteel manners are only subterfuge for the innate, immutable depravity of their Whiteness. In the case of the family depicted in this movie, they are SPOILER ALERT - VAMPIRES! Woah! Vampirism among the wealthy British elite? It's kinda like that time the Empire sucked out all the wealth and vitality from its colonies - how's that for a metaphor???!!

    Of course, in a thrilling climax that's totally not a manifestation of gender-ethnic revenge wish-fulfillment, Evie manages to defeat the vampires. What a Badass Strong Female Lead! In a fitting epilogue, she joins her best friend (an actual Black Woman who was a little too black to get the main role) and together, they beat "the whitest man I've ever seen" to death with a baseball bat! Evie has also cut her hair short - that's how you can tell she's Empowered. Take that, Colonizers!

    I loved the subtlety of the social commentary in this movie. It was deftly woven into the plot, and was not at all obvious or heavy-handed. Barely any movies feature a Badass Woman of Color as their lead these days, and it was so refreshing to see one! Can't wait for Netflix to pump out six thousand more of this exact movie - way to stick it to the white cis hetero patriarchy!!
  • maryskywalker11 - 29 December 2022
    Enjoyably predictable gothic tale
    I'm not sure why the reviews are so low for this film. My expectations were super low going into it based on that, but the premise & trailer seemed appealing. I'm glad I decided to watch it! Was this movie stellar? No, but it was certainly enjoyable (albeit predictable) with beautiful sets & costumes! I wish they made more films with this gothic romance style. The movie sucks you into the storyline & doesn't waste time. My only real complaint is that the ending is sadly rushed...had they taken more time/care in wrapping this up I think all of our reviews would be far higher. This film has/had a lot of potential!

    To cut to the quick - this is a less well written female version of "Get Out" ...with sexy vampires.

    So here are my...

    *Pros: beautiful set & scenery, great costumes, attractive cast, intriguing premise.

    *Cons: Predictable plot/characters/motifs, super rushed ending, lack of real "scares."

    *Conclusion: It knows its audience in my opinion & is the perfect flick for a girls wine night! Overall I suggest this film if you're into vampires & need to pick a movie with the girls. Pour the wine & enjoy!
  • lu_lou_belle - 27 December 2022
    Run away
    Not one redeemable feature. Trope laden gothic romance with a few jump scares that are telegraphed in advance by ominous music, flickering lights and usually the appearance of one of several characters who bristle with unspoken malevalence.

    The foreboding begins as soon as she meets her long lost cousin for the first time and agrees to all his flamboyant generosity and love bombing.

    Just another ghastly cheap netflix production. Yuck. Bleack. Tsk. Phfewbbbitt. Awful. Moronic. Tawdry. Fraught. Predictable. Cliche riddled. Stupid music. Glorified Harlequin romance. Sophomoric. Grotesque. Trope-tastic.
  • nikkimae - 26 December 2022
    It was OK
    This movie starts out a bit slow, but captures the interest... It has some good jump scares. Great build up to the dinner scene with the big "reveal" -which I had already figured most of it out - at least the identity of the bride and groom - just not the why. From here on out, it gets a bit wild, you think perhaps it will end well but then it just kind of falls flat. It's also left a bit open to maybe a second movie?

    They tried really hard with this and almost got a great thriller/horror movie ...BUT like another reviewer, they totally could have made this into a romcom. Think along the lines of the 80's campy Love at First Bite...
  • keeratiyar - 20 November 2022
    Turned to be a copy of Twilight
    Initially came for a thriller/ horror as the genre said so but was given a feel of Twilight saga showing hotness of a male vampire and naiveness of a female human.

    Unnecessary erotic scenes were added and it felt like i've been forced to watch some teenage fantasy movies of an ordaniry poor girl got seduced by a hot insane-rich guy for about third-quarter of the entire length of the movie.

    Everything was very lame and cringy to be honest. Before this i watched Smile and Barbarian, and they were so much better. Would not recommend to anyone ever. Another truly waste of time for anyone in the family.