The Uninvited (2009)
The slick and clever thriller The Uninvited is based on South Korea’s top-grossing horror export, Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003), and directed with wonderful confidence by the young British Guard brothers. They avoid the usual horror stylistics and instead bring their film forward as a psychologic drama; a smart move which helps enhance the film’s interpersonal meanderings and bring substance to the surprisingly effective horror twist. The solid performances from the three young ladies in the leads are kept together by David Strathairn’s well-known seal of quality. This is an intelligent, old-fashioned psychological thriller, drawing influence way back to Hitchcock, and easily standing out in today's muddled supernatural horror scene.