The Invitation


West Coast Premiere | LA Spotlight Screening

From the moment we saw Karyn Kusama’s THE INVITATION, we knew we had found our LA Spotlight Screening. Set high up in the Hollywood Hills THE INVITATION positions us in the all too familiar scenario of a reunion dinner, fortunately, this is anything but THE BIG CHILL, this is a supremely terrifying thriller that is as sophisticated, thoughtful and disturbing as anything you’ll see in a very long time.

Will (PROMETHEUS’ Logan Marshall-Green) returns to his former home to attend a dinner party mysteriously arranged by his ex-wife, Eden, (Tammy Blanchard – MONEYBALL) and her new husband, David (Michiel Huisman – Game of Thrones). As he reunites with old friends, Will succumbs to an overwhelming sense of dread, paranoid that something is desperately wrong and he is surrounded by dark intentions.

It would be remiss not to note that this is a true ensemble piece with stellar performances from the entire cast, all working from Phil Hay’s and Matt Manfredi’s meticulously honed script, but make no mistake this is very much Kusama’s moment. In her hands THE INVITATION evokes Polanski at his peak but this is HER film: a master class in psychological tension and manipulation, she holds every scene, every syllable, every beat under the tightest control and only lets us breathe when she wants us to. Once again, she proves that girls are way tougher guys.

Do not read reviews, do not talk to anyone who has seen it, just trust us: THE INVITATION is a thoroughly terrifying dish served cold and without warning – Simply let it needle its way under your skin and methodically pull you apart.

Christian Parkes

Special thanks to Drafthouse Films

Guests: Karyn Kusama, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi & Logan Marshall-Green In Person

Double bill with INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978) on 35mm

Director: Karyn Kusama
Country: USA
Runtime: 98 minutes
Year: 2015


“A perfectly pitched exercise in psychological dread.” Variety

“Kusama again proves herself a master of the genre…Terrifying.” Collider