The Uninvited

Starring Ray Milland, Gail Russell and Ruth Hussey
Written by Frank Partos and Dodie Smith from the novel by Dorothy Macardle
Directed by Lewis Allen
Production year 1944
Running time 99 minutes

The Christmas season is a traditional time for tales of the supernatural - for many years the BBC would televise works by the British horror writer MR James - some of them very scary indeed...
This little-known gem from 1944 is one of the best and most atmospheric ghost stories to be filmed. Like the best spooky tales, such as Robert Wise's chilling 1963 movie The Haunting, it relies more on suggestion and what you do not see than elaborate special effects and big noisy scares.
Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey play a brother and sister who buy Windward House - an old abandoned Gothic mansion in a rocky coastal area of England. After they move in a series of strange events lead them to believe that the house is haunted and their attempts to find out the identity of the spirit lead to some spine-tingling moments.
The Uninvited boasts stunning black and white photography, an atmospheric score and well judged performances by Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey and the others in the cast.
Among the writers of the screenplay is Dodie Smith, the British novelist whose much-loved books included I Capture The Castle and 101 Dalmatians.

Don't miss this classy tale of the uncanny - our last film of 2012.