31 Days of Horror: The Uninvited

"They call them the haunted shores, these stretches of Devonshire and Cornwall and Ireland which rear up against the westward ocean. Mists gather here... and sea fog... and eerie stories... "

The Uninvited (1944) is one of my favorite haunted house movies. The story is simple - Ray Milland and his sister Ruth Hussey buy an abandoned house that faces the ocean in small seaside resort. The previous owner's daughter died there and his granddaughter (Gail Russell) has be forbidden to ever enter the house. Of course that doesn't stop Milland from becoming infatuated with Russell and inviting her into the house.

Milland leaves his sister to fix the house up while he's away in London. When he returns he finds out that their dog has run away and there are certain spots in the house that give you a cold chill. And at night they can hear a woman crying. And Russell is being drawn back to the house time and time again.

The movie is one of those quietly creepy movies that slowly builds and builds the tension. The cinematography won an Oscar and Ray Milland plays it cool despite all the creepy events.

The fact that this movie isn't currently available on DVD and that Universal Studio has released Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy on DVD three times each but hasn't found the time to release this classic is just a crime.

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