The Uninvited 04/04/20

The Criterion Collection

Charlie Largent happily looks back to a fine release of what’s perhaps Hollywood’s best pure-bred ghost story. It’s also the best ‘real estate problem’ spook show, in which people discover that they’ve moved into a house with an active and malevolent spirit presence. Beautifully produced and acted, Lewis Allen’s show is told so well that we can readily visualize its unseen, horrific backstory. Ray Milland creates real chemistry with the already haunted-looking Gail Russell, while Ruth Hussey, Cornelia Otis Skinner and a wraith named Carmen Quesada locate the haunting as a mainly female issue — ghosts can really hold a grudge in Paramount’s ultra-classy production. On Blu-ray (quite a while ago) from The Criterion Collection.