Welcome to the dinner party from hell. The indie psycho-thriller The Invitation, directed by Karyn Kusama, hits theaters in limited release this week from Drafthouse Films, opening in Austin, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and other cities. It's also available across on demand platforms, including Amazon and iTunes.
Following its world premiere last year at South By Southwest, The Invitation has picked up enormous praise, with reviews universally expressing cagey hesitation to explain too much about the film, dancing around the plot for fear of spoiling too much of film's shocking twists and turns.
But the short official version: While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation stars Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tammy Blanchard, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch, Michelle Krusiec and Mike Doyle.
Here's the trailer:
Fun fact: The Invitation was partly financed by Gamechanger Films, a company with a mission to specifically invest in films directed by women. (Shout out to our friend, producer Mynette Louie.)
As it stands, The Invitation is currently holding a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty damn impressive. For further information about The Invitation, including the full list of theaters where the film is playing, visit the Drafthouse Films website and follow updates on Facebook.