Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Terrifying Tuesdays: The Uninvited (1944)

One of my favorite scary movies is a ghost story from 1944 called "The Uninvited", starring Ray Milland as the protagonist and Gail Russell as the love interest.  Ray Milland's character and his sister (Ruth Hussey) buy an old seaside home on the English coast, only to find that it is haunted.  The haunting is somehow tied to the former owner's (Donald Crisp) granddaughter (Russell) and a mysterious woman (Cornelia Otis Skinner) who was the best friend of the granddaughter's mother.  With help from a local doctor (Alan Napier), Milland, Hussey, and Russell are able to clear up the mystery of the ghost, although not without some peril.  The excellent actors, wonderful settings, and well-told story all make this a delightful movie for anyone who loves a good ghost story, and I highly recommend it.

Interesting fact: Alan Napier later went on to play the role of Alfred the butler in the 1960s Batman television series.

Gore Guide (0=none to 5=extreme): 0

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