AV CLUB – You’re invited… to a special advance screening of The Invitation. From Karyn Kusama, the film sees the director of Aeon Flux and Jennifer’s Body switching gears a bit, offering up a tense, intimate psychological thriller that unravels over the course of one evening. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, and the frequently unsettling John Carroll Lynch, The Invitation is a slow-burn chamber piece take on California death cults. When our own Katie Rife caught the film at last fall’s Fantastic Fest, she called it one of the best movies she’d seen that day and praised Kusama’s deft manipulation of mood.
Ahead of it’s theatrical run, Drafthouse Films and Rooftop Film Club are hosting a special screening of The Invitation at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre on April 5. The event will feature pre-movie cocktails and a Q&A with Kusama and some of the film’s cast and crew. If you’re itching to RSVP to this one, then you’re in luck—The A.V. Club is giving away five pairs of tickets to this one-of-a-kind screening. For your chance to win, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “The Invitation.” Please be sure to include your full name in the body of the email. Must be 21+ to enter. We’ll select our winners at random from our eligible entries on Thursday, March 31 and email them shortly thereafter with further information. Note: The event starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. and winners should arrive early as seating is first come, first serve and not guaranteed. An official plot synopsis and trailer for the film can be found below.
“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 his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and her new husband, David’s (Michiel Huisman, Game Of Thrones) dinner party. The pair’s tragic past haunts an equally spooky 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.”