Thursday, April 08, 2021

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

 ... you can learn from:

The Invitation (2015)

Will: You look different, Edie. 
Eden: I am different. I'm free. All that useless pain, 
it's gone. It's something anyone can have, Will, 
and I want you to have it too.

Happy 5 to one of the greatest horror films of our age, Karyn Kusama's masterpiece of resolute tension The Invitation -- I don't think we really appreciated at the time how great it was, or how great it would be; talk about prescience. It saw QAnon coming, that's for damn sure. The feeling that the people we love have been co-opted by illogic, their traumas weaponized by outside forces, their happy smiling faces turned to terrifying masks. I can't remember if I've mentioned it here on the site proper or just tweeted about it but I have an old, good friend who I lost to the Q-cult and this movie in retrospect nails everything about the experience -- the sense of confusion and betrayal, of slamming your head up against an impenetrable place. It's weird now going back and re-reading my original very positive review of the film, how innocent that review seems now. How could we have known what was coming? Well The Invitation did. It put out the red lanterns lighting the way.


Anonymous said...

Such a damn good movie. It's deserves all the praise.

Aquinas1220 said...

I saw this movie because of your original review. So glad I took your advice. I recommend it to everyone I know. SO SO GOOD

bdog said...

This is always my first recommendation to anyone who asks me. It's so good and another rewatchable.