Yesterday I wrote about a brutal and visceral suspenseful film in Green Room. Today I’m going to write about another seriously suspenseful film, only this one is more so emotionally and intellectually. The Invitation is a fantastic little mystery that builds ever so slowly and ever so creepily. This is a movie that everyone can watch, even those who say they “hate scary movies.” Hear that naysayers? This is one for you! I really dug this movie. It just kind of gives you the creeps and makes you feel uneasy the entire time. You’re not sure what’s going on, then you’re sure what’s going on, then suddenly you’re not so sure again, and so on. It’s a fun little game. The premise circles around a man who receives a mysterious invitation by his ex-wife and her new husband to come to a dinner party. It’s a strange invite because it’s been years since they’ve seen each other, as they’ve become estranged after the death of their child when they were married. There is no exact explanation for what the invitation is truly for, or why now. The man travels there with his current girlfriend and they meet all their old friends that haven’t seen each other in a while. From here, you’ll just have to watch… Some people may call this movie slow, but I rather like the term deliberately paced. To me the slow build is all part of the fun. Think of it like a sexy striptease instead of just walking out naked. It’s an independent film and you can feel that there were no studio heads making them rush things or make decisions based on pacing. The acting is all on point, with once again, one of my favorite actors John Carroll Lynch stealing the show. Once he arrives, the movie becomes even more unnerving. The Invitation is quite simply just a smart, fantastic mystery that plays games with the audience until the very end (and I mean the VERY end.) If you’re in the mood for a creepy little twister, look no further.