WHO INVITED THEM (2022) Reviews of home invasion horror – plus trailer and Shudder news


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Who Invited Theme is a 2022 American horror film about a young married couple whose new neighbors stay after a successful housewarming party.

Written and directed by Duncan Birmingham (shorts: Exterminator; Takeout Night; The Bad Half; Excuse Me). Produced by Mary Pat Bentel and Ami Werges.

The movie stars Ryan Hansen (Fantasy Island; Santa Clarita Diet; iZombie), Timothy Granaderos (The Workshop; Untitled Horror Movie), Melissa Tang (The Kominsky Method; The Big Bang Theory; A Good Day to Die Hard), Avital Ash, Judy Kain, Tipper Newton, Barry Rothbart and Zeke Nicholson.

Plot:
Adam (Ryan Hansen) and Margo’s (Melissa Tang) housewarming party is a success. But one couple lingers after the other guests leave, revealing themselves to be wealthy neighbours.

Hoping to prove themselves to be hospitable, they keep the drinks flowing, only to realize there might be sinister intent in the air. As night cap after night cap leads to another, Adam and Margo suspect their new friends are duplicitous strangers…

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Reviews:

“The latter half of Who Invited Them? is full or wild twists. But in terms of actual horror content, by the time the blood does start to flow it feels a little late. But with such well-drawn characters and playful direction, the film is way more entertaining than a cocktail party at a coworker’s house regardless. 3.5/5 Dread Central

Who Invited Theme doesn’t forget about the shocking imagery, holding the cards closest to its metaphorical chest until the ideal moment. When the horror does arrive, mysteries unravel at rapid pace, and close out the film in impressive open-ended fireworks. A couple of plot threads don’t pay off as well as expected, but for the most part, the pared-down narrative works well…” Josh at the Movies

” …presents strong acting from all four party-goers and excellent use of space as the film keeps a strong level of tension and interest despite our setting and cast focusing primarily on two couples and one house. One aspect of this intimate location and cast of characters is the ever-changing perspectives and alliances which makes it hard to decide who to root for.” Nightmarish Conjurings

“The mystery of the house guests gradually builds, and their manipulations get more and more audacious and the plot gets built in a slow boil that when it pays off feels completely earned […] It was refreshing that the laughs in the movie were less punchline driven, as the humor and tragedy are embodied in the personalities of the characters with inherent flaws that we all can identify with.” The Scariest Things

release:
Who Invited Them? premiered at the 2022 Overlook Film Festival in New Orleans on June 4, 2022. It will be available to stream on Shudder on September 1, 2022.

trailer:

Cast and characters:
Ryan Hansen… Adam
Timothy Granaderos … Tom
Melissa Tang… Margo
Avital Ash… Brooke
Judy Kain… Barbara
Tipper Newton… Teeny
Barry Rothbart… Frank
Zeke Nicholson… Ryan
Matthew Kimbrough…Mr Burke
Keziah Wall… Twin
Christopher Chen… Neil
Delyn Wall… Twin
Kalo Moss…Dylan

Technical specs:
1 hour 21 minutes

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