‘The Invitation’ Trailer: Karyn Kusama Serves Up Fever-Pitch Paranoia

     February 11, 2016


If you’ve got social anxiety, get ready for an intense couple minutes. The latest trailer for Karyn Kusama‘s (Jennifer’s Body) The Invitation is here, and it aims to get your skin crawling with creeping paranoia and escalating dread. The Invitation stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) as Will, a man who is invited to a dinner party by his ex-wife  Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband David (Michiel Huisman). Stuck in an awkward social situation with Eden and David’s mysterious guests and unsettled by his ex-wife’s suspicious behavior, Will becomes convinced that his invitation is part of a bigger hidden agenda.

The latest trailer emphasizes tone over narrative, putting the focus on the film’s central mystery and ramping up the nerve-jangling anxiety to full blast. It’s a very effective trailer, which has certainly piqued my already-high levels of interest in the film. Jennifer’s Body remains one of the most under-loved horror films of the last decade (though I see it’s virtures heralded on the internet evermore with time, bless), and while The Invitation looks to be an entirely different beast, it still seems a mighty one.

The Invitation, which also features Tammy Blanchard (Moneyball) and Carroll Lynch (Fargo), hits theaters and VOD on April 8th.


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Here’s the official synopsis:

In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband David (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”). The estranged divorcees’ tragic past haunts an equally eerie present; amid Eden’s suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, THE INVITATION blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will—and the audience—are unsure what threats are real or imagined.


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