The Invitation surprises as a suspenseful yet well-told vampire story.

 The Invitation surprises as a suspenseful yet well-told vampire story.

The Invitation surprises as a suspenseful yet well-told vampire story.

The movie "Footloose" will transport moviegoers of a particular generation back to the ultra-conservative 1980s, when youth culture simply offended the "Moral Majority."

 

The final two showings of "Grease" at the 112 Drive In are tonight and this coming Saturday. The movie, which was released in 1984 and was directed by Herbert Ross and starred Kevin Bacon and John Lithgow, is also showing. The first movie starts at 8:45 p.m., and tickets go on sale at 6 p.m.

 

If you want to guarantee yourself a seat at the metaphorical last movie, plan to arrive early. The location will soon be transformed into a high-end home development, according to the plans.

 

The plot of "Footloose" opposes the young people of a small Oklahoma town against the grownups in order to have the right to dance, even though it is purposefully stupid and melodramatic.

 

Ren, a Chicago-born kid who relocates to the fictional Oklahoma town of Bomont to live with his aunt and uncle, is played by Bacon. He enjoys music and dancing, but after his son was killed in a vehicle accident following a night of drinking, the Rev. Shaw Moore (Lithgow) spearheaded a movement to abolish dancing.

 

Due to this, Ren is at odds with Moore, who also happens to be the father of the wild-at-heart girl who has captured the young man's attention, Ariel (Lori Singer). Ren leads the fight for the right to hold a prom for the high school students against Moore and the municipal council.

 

The film isn't a musical per se, but music plays a major role in it, and if you recall what a music video is, it frequently plays like a prolonged MTV video block. However, if you enjoy the rock and pop music of the 1980s, that's not a terrible thing.

I won't say any more, but the climax is really exciting. The atmospheric movie isn't a classic, but if you like gothic horror, you'll probably like it. The movie contains many details for Dracula and vampire lovers in general that will increase your enjoyment of it without detracting from the plot or the flow of the movie. When the film is available on a streaming service, I'll probably watch it again simply to see if there are any Easter eggs I missed.

 

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Even if Emmanuel is as credulous as the majority of horror queens are required to be, she is the kind of hero that everyone will enjoy supporting. Doherty performs a predatory hot-and-cold performance that is both endearing and perilous. In their supporting bridal parts, Corneliussen and Boden enjoy biting their surroundings, and Sean Pertwee is suitably spooky as Walt's right-hand guy, Mr. Fields.

 

This would have been an entertaining movie to see around Halloween. In time for this year's October, it'll probably be available to stream.

Evie discovers that she is the last remaining woman in her large family of stuffy British male cousins. She doesn't give it a second thought, but the information is crucial later.

 

Evie, however, starts to experience strange occurrences in and around the estate, until one night, the endearing but enigmatic Walt calms her concerns and gives her solace. Before she realizes it, the two are dating. Walt appears to ask Evie to marry him as a joke after spending the night with her, and she indulges the request by humorously agreeing.

 

But Walt isn't joking. He wants to make Evie toothy like him so that she can join Viktoria (Stephanie Corneliussen) and Lucy in his collection of vampire brides (Alana Boden). The power of the vampire clan will be restored after the four families have joined together in an unholy union.

 

The only thing Walt and his other two wives need to do is mix their blood with Evie's. Evie's situation appears dire.

Unfortunately, the key reveal of the film was revealed in the trailer. Although it starts off as a romance, the plot is essentially a vampire thriller.

Midway through the first act of the film, the movie starts to drop a ton of references to Bram Stoker's 1897 novel "Dracula" and its subsequent film adaptations. Even without the giveaway, astute moviegoers would have quickly picked up the vampiric scent. I'll admit that I love a good vampire movie, and "The Invitation" delivers. Those who don't enjoy traditional vampires as much as I do might not find it as entertaining.

 

Nathalie Emmanuel portrays the attractive and endearing protagonist Evie, whose tenacity and predicament almost immediately win the audience over. She lost her mother, and now she is young, talented, and by herself. She was 14 when her father passed away. She checks an internet genealogical resource in her desperate search for a familial link, and it leads her to a family in England. An acquaintance she makes almost right away invites her to a family wedding in England while he is visiting her in New York.

 

Despite the fact that she thinks the situation is a catfish, she is intrigued enough to accept an all-expenses paid vacation to England in order to reunite with her family. Things quickly turn strange when she arrives at her host Walter's (Thomas Doherty) house, New Carfax Abbey (Dracula fans will appreciate the reference).

The result is "The Invitation," a new gothic horror film that manages to be both surprisingly frightening and entertaining. Think of it as Jane Austen crossed with Bram Stoker.

 

I was unprepared for the movie. I went into the theater with low hopes. Hard-to-market films frequently end up in the studio's trash can in late August or early September. My biggest fear entering the theater was dozing off midway through the film.

 

I should not have been alarmed. It was one of my most unexpected and enjoyable theater experiences this summer to see "The Invitation." Don't misunderstand me. The plot of the picture, which was directed by Jessica M. Thompson and was written by her and Blair Butler, is a standard B-movie one, but in my opinion, the film's execution and production qualities are A-list.

 

Despite the movie's pulpy content, Thompson and her cinematographer Autumn Eakin work together to produce a gorgeously planned and filmed film that gives what seem to be A-list production values. Despite the impending sense of dread that the opening scene of the movie sets up, the movie is wonderfully made in its darkness and is scrumptious to watch.




The final two showings of "Footloose" are tonight and this coming Saturday. The movie was released in 1984 and starred Kevin Bacon and John Lithgow. If you enjoy gothic horror, you'll probably like it. When the film is available on a streaming service, I recommend watching it. The film's plot involves Evie (Emmanuel) being the last remaining woman in her family of male vampires.


There are references to Bram Stoker's "Dracula" throughout the film. "The Invitation" is a gothic horror film that manages to be both surprisingly frightening and entertaining. The film's execution and production qualities are A-list. Despite the movie's pulpy content, Thompson and her cinematographer Autumn Eakin produce a gorgeously planned and filmed film.



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