Ghost story fans can enjoy the perfect classic Halloween treat this week with the Criterion Collection release of the 1944 supernatural mystery, "The Uninvited." Newly restored and packaged with bonus features, the film is available on both Blu-ray and DVD. It was officially released on October 22, 2013, and it is currently available from Criterion and Amazon as well as other retailers.
Directed by Lewis Allen, the film stars Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey as siblings who buy a haunted house on the coast of England. Gail Russell appears as the daughter of a woman who died tragically at the house, and Donald Crisp plays her stern grandfather, who forbids the girl ever to set foot inside the mansion. (Follow the link for a full review of "The Uninvited.")
Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film include a trailer, a visual essay, two radio adaptations, and a booklet featuring an essay by classic movie blogger Farran Smith Nehme. The special features give viewers plenty of context to enhance their enjoyment of the film, but the main attraction is definitely the beautifully restored picture, which looks gorgeous and shows off the eerie special effects as well as the stunning locations.
Other seasonally appropriate arrivals from Criterion include "I Married a Witch" (1942) and "Eyes without a Face" (1960). Visit the Criterion Collection website for more information about new and upcoming releases. For more haunted house movies, check out the video at the top of this article.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.