The Kool-Aid Man Knocks

Updated: Jul 5, 2018

"I am different. I'm free. All that useless pain, it's gone. It's something anyone can have, Will, and I want you to have it too." -Eden, The Invitation 

When someone tells you they can free you of pain, chiille; you better run the other way!

I didn’t know the day I had nothing to do and decided to spend my day watching Netflix; I was going to learn a life lesson.

Out of the blue, Will(Logan Marshall-Green) and his Girlfriend(Emayatzy Corinealdi)get a mysterious invitation from his Ex-wife, Eden(Tammy Blanchard), and her new husband, David(Michiel Huisman). When they arrive, it’s like she is a different person. Over the course of a dinner party, Will begins to believe he and his old friends were invited over for more than just a pork roast. 

Moral of the story: If you hear from someone that you haven't heard from for a long time without reason… don't do it. Leave them out in the blue.

What a interesting way to start Spring break.


The very first thing about this movie that strikes me is the opening song. The whole score, but especially “Into the Canyon” by Theodore Shapiro puts me on edge. I don't trust anybody when I hear that song. It sets the perfect tone for a psychological thriller. 

And, that’s what I think is important remember when watching this movie. The ending is predictable, the plot is obvious, but it’s the waiting. The creepy waiting. The weird stares. The awkward stories of murder. The eerie cult video. And this oh-so-very ominous red lights. It is the journey of this movie that is the most thrilling. 

Everything else in the movie, the cinematography (though there a couple of well-done shots, such as the ones through the staircase), the set design, the costumes are all relatively average. But, I believe everything is so washed out helps the watcher focus on the events and feel of the movie.

Both the direction and writing, keep you guessing on how much can you trust Will and his viewpoint of the story. Immediately they have you build a repertoire with him that makes you want to trust him and care for him, but at the same time let on that he is maybe overly anxious. That maybe he is the one to be worried about as well and not to completely trust him.


The film is so obvious, however. I just wish there was a little more twist and turning throughout the movie. It spends its time building up to the climax that is almost anticlimactic. It’s not a film meant to shock or scare you, but there to remind you that people change. And sometimes for the worst.

The use of flashbacks to help tell of the “mysterious and awful” event that happened in the house that caused Will and Eden to split wasn’t the best. I found it confusing and a little hard to tell what happened. Once you do get it, the movie makes slightly more sense but isn’t necessary. Becuase, grief and pain are such an important parts of the film, I get why it’s a part of the script. However, I think in this case “tell don’t show” rather than the other way around would have been better. It just wasn’t executed well.


Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?

​Look if someone you don't know is trying to lock you in a house then turn right back around out the door, go back home and watch this movie.

Feel good about your choices.

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