Our own Tommy Cook caught The Invitation during the festival rounds, and now you can get a taste of the thriller from Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) via the first trailer. If you have some unfinished business with a crazy ex, this might bring your worst fears to life.
Starring Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Tammy Blanchard (Into the Woods), and Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), the film tells the story of one extremely uncomfortable dinner party among exes. Will (Green) is invited to the home of his ex-wife (Blanchard) for the occasion, but soon realizes she has some sort of hidden agenda for the invitation. Thankfully, the footage doesn’t reveal any spoilers because, as many who’ve seen the film suggest, it’s better to know as little as possible going in — only that it’s extremely unsettling. Watch the trailer below.
Speaking from last year’s SXSW, actress Emayatzy Corinealdi told Collider,
My first impression of the script was that it didn’t fit into any kind of mold. It wasn’t a thriller. It wasn’t a drama. It wasn’t anything in that sense, and I loved the character discovery of what was going on. You have these people in this situation, but it doesn’t play out like a typical thriller in that sense where you have a group of people in a house.
The Invitation, which also features Tammy Blanchard (Moneyball) and Carroll Lynch (Fargo), hits theaters and VOD on March 25. Here’s the official synopsis:
In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband David (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”). The estranged divorcees’ tragic past haunts an equally eerie present; amid Eden’s suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, THE INVITATION blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will—and the audience—are unsure what threats are real or imagined.