Genre Guesstimation – The Uninvited (1944)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Aaron Neuwirth of the Code is Zeek and we will be reviewing our favorite Horror-Comedy Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Feb by sending them to scaryfunnyaaron@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Aaron!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Horror-Comedy Films……

“Important decisions have to be made quickly. ” – Pamela Fitzgerald

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A pair of siblings purchase an estate on the countryside but become weary when they begin to feel that the house is haunted.

My Take on it – Very intriguing film that works on numerous levels.

The story might not be as scary as one might expect from a film dealing with a haunted house, yet the way things play out must have been quite frightening for moviegoers when it was made in the mid 1940’s

The cats is great and both Ray Millard and Ruth Hussey are quite good as the siblings.

The story has some great twists and turns along the way that help keep things quite engaging the whole way through.

The way that they pace things is also done well because they find ways to slowly raise the suspense and tension level as things progress.

The story starts out seeming like a typical haunted house tale, yet they find some very unique choices in teh story that help elevate t beyond that which is quite satisfying to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film drew some criticism for its lesbian undertones in the Miss Holloway character, played by Cornelia Otis Skinner. A letter written in 1944 by Father Brendan Larnen of the Catholic Legion of Decency to Will Hays, Hollywood’s head censor, said that large audiences of questionable type attended this film at unusual hours drawn by certain erotic and esoteric elements in the film. The letter warned to guard against such subject matter on the screen in the future. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close. Fun and thrilling story that stays engaging and entertaining from start to finish.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – The Uninvited (1944)

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