The Uninvited

Synopsis: After the death of her ill mother in a fire, the young teenager Anna tries to commit suicide and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. Ten months later, Anna still cannot remember what had happened on the night her mother died. Her psychiatric Dr. Silberling, however, discharges her telling that she has resolved her issues. Her father and successful writer, Steven, brings her back home in an isolated mansion nearby the coast. Anna finds that her mother's former nurse, Rachel Summers, is her stepmother now. Anna meets her beloved sister, Alex, swimming in the sea. She discovers that Steven has not delivered the letters and CDs that Alex had sent to her. As time moves on, Anna is haunted by ghosts and she believes that Rachel killed her mother. Alex and Anna decide to look for evidence to prove that Rachel is the murderer and Anna discovers the truth about the fire in the boat house.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Production: DreamWorks/Paramount Studios
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

I love you,

and I have a condom.

- Matt, I shouldn't be here.

- Come on, Anna.

- No. No.

- Come on, it'll be fun.

I really shouldn't be here.

Anna. Come on.

I'm at a party,

but all I want to do is get home.

Hey, where you going? Anna?

Don't go home.

And then I hear my mother's bell.

I go to find her.

When she got sick,

we moved her into the boathouse.

It's where she wanted to be.

She's alone.

She's not supposed to be alone.


I run up to the house to find my dad.

There's something wrong.

It doesn't feel safe.

There's something evil in the house.

One way or another,

these dreams seem to be

about trying to get out of the woods

and back home.


And when I get there, it's like

Mom's trying to tell me something.

But I can't understand what it is,

what she's trying to say.

Well, we've talked about

the little redheaded girl,

but now there's a new detail,

the watering can.

Why do you think you were holding it?

I don't know.

I really don't remember.

Maybe you were trying

to put out the fire.

When my mom first got sick,

she said that she'd always be there.

Could be a stray cat,

orjust the sound of the wind,

but it would always be her.

She'd always protect us, you know.


But the night of the fire,

I couldn't protect her.

Smart girl.

If I'm so smart, why can't I remember

what happened that night?

Okay. Here's what I think.

We survive by remembering,

but sometimes we survive by forgetting.

You lost your mother in a tragic fire.

Your life was changed forever by,

what, a broken fuel valve?

Maybe it's not

such a bad thing to forget.

- But what about the dream?

- It's a dream.

You'll figure it out, or you won't.

That's how it all works.

It's a process, Anna.

What's it been? Ten months?

And you're almost finished.

But you're not gonna get there

in a place like this.

- Do you think I'm ready to leave?

- What else do you want from me?

Go home. Kiss a boy, get into trouble.

Finish what you started.


One minute.

Pretty little Anna.

Going home, sweet home.

I'll be Lonely.

I really gotta go.

There was so much blood,

wasn't there, Anna?

Do you really think they fixed you?

Come on, honey.

Let the girl pack her things.

What have we told you about

wandering in here all the time?

They couldn't fix me.

Who will I tell my stories to?

I've got a surprise for you.

- Look in the glove compartment.

- Tell me it's a cheeseburger.

Not quite.

- You finished it.

- Yeah. Look inside.

- Thank you, Dad.

- You're very welcome.

Is it any good?

Well, I don't know,

but I'm sure you'll tell me.

I know something that's good.

Oh, awesome. Thank you.

Yeah, Rachel made them.

She was gonna come today,

but I told her I wanted you all to myself.

She's been great, Anna.

Really, she has been.

I don't know what I would've...

- Dad. You got me to yourself.

- ... done without her.


Anna. You're back.

You're early. I'd hug you, but I...

Welcome home.

You look great. You look so skinny.

I think I could use some time

at that place.

My first order of business

is fattening her up.

I've already started with him.

Yeah, she's been cooking all day.

- Making... Oh, what are you making?

- Beef Stroganoff. Your favorite.

So, you have a house

full of women now, Mr. Writer.

- Did your dad tell you my idea?

- No.

About the party.

We thought we could throw you

a "Welcome Home, Anna" bash.

Yeah, okay. Maybe.

Well, everybody's

been asking about you.

- We've got all summer. There's no rush.

- No.

Okay, I'm gonna go down to the water.

I blew it.


Just like it never happened, huh?

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