The Invitation terrifies and infuriates, but ultimately satisfies
Misery Loves Dinner Guests
April 13, 2016 at 1:28PM
The era of the art-house horror film is upon us, and although many of these movies receive nearly universal praise from the critics, films like The Babadook, It Follows, and this year's box office hit The Witch often leave thrill-seeking audiences wanting more. Today's fright fans are not accustomed to the slow-burn approach taken by the art-house auteurs, many of whom would have found a home in the cinematic world of the 1970s when horror films regularly moved at a measured pace. Forgotten curiosities like The Other and Sisters, as well as classics like The Omen and Rosemary's Baby, succeed not because they offer a cascading succession of scares, but because their directors believed in ratcheting up the tension until the final, sometimes bloody climax.