Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Mary Meredith's perfume just got a little stronger. At long last, one of the greatest ghost stories in cinema's haunted history has been properly released in the U.S. on DVD and Blu-ray by the New Gods of digital discs, the Criterion Collection.

Today, Paramount's 1944 "real" ghostly drama, THE UNINVITED is available nationwide. Starring Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, and the adorable Gail Russell, THE UNINVITED stands as one of the top classic ghost tales ever.

For those readers unfamiliar with the film, here is a description of the story from Amazon.com:

"A pair of siblings (Ministry of Fear’s Ray Milland and The Philadelphia Story’s Ruth Hussey) from London purchase a surprisingly affordable, lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it actually carries a ghostly price; soon they’re caught up in a bizarre romantic triangle from beyond the grave. Rich in atmosphere, THE UNINVITED, directed by Lewis Allen (Suddenly), was groundbreaking for the seriousness with which it treated the haunted-house genre, and it remains an elegant and eerie experience, featuring a classic score by Victor Young (Written on the Wind). A tragic family past, a mysteriously locked room, cold chills, bumps in the night—this gothic Hollywood classic has it all."

The film is imbued with the period English countryside charm of a classic British black and white movie, and includes some real spine-chilling scenes -- not to be missed! I give THE UNINVITED my highest recommendation.

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