The result is "The Invitation," a new gothic horror film that manages to be both surprisingly frightening and entertaining.

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 Think of it as Jane Austen crossed with Bram Stoker.

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 I was unprepared for the movie. I went into the theatre with low hopes. Hard-to-market films frequently end up in the studio's trash can in late August or early September

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 My biggest fear entering the theatre was dozing off midway through the film.

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 I should not have been alarmed. It was one of my most unexpected and enjoyable theatre experiences this summer to see "The Invitation.

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  Don't misunderstand me. The narrative of Jessica M. Thompson's film

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 which she and Blair Butler wrote, is a standard B-movie one

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  but I think the film's execution and production qualities are A-list.

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