“Stella will never be well until this house is cured — and somehow, we’ve got to cure it!”
Roderick (Ray Milland) and his sister Pamela (Ruth Hussey) buy a house haunted by the unhappy mother of a local woman, Stella (Gail Russell). When they realize that Stella’s life is in danger, Roderick, Pamela, and a local doctor (Alan Napier) try to solve the mystery of the haunted house before it’s too late.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Amateur Sleuths
- Gail Russell Films
- Ray Milland Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary is clearly a fan of this “classy horror film”, labeling it “the cinema’s first really good ghost story”, and praising it for being “atmospheric, suspenseful, and witty.” Unfortunately, the film’s comedic overtones are distracting rather than enjoyable; because we’re never really scared, it doesn’t work as a true horror film. At the time of its release, lesbian fans flocked to see The Uninvited again and again, due to Cornelia Otis Skinner’s turn as a (presumed) former lover of Stella’s mother; unfortunately, this interesting subplot isn’t given adequate time or attention.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Likable Ray Milland as Roderick
- Cornelia Otis Skinner as “Miss Holloway”
- Atmospheric cinematography and sound effects
Yes, for its historical importance as an erstwhile cult favorite with lesbians.