The Invitation London film premiere 2023
After the death of her mother and having no other known relatives, Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel) takes a DNA test...and discovers a long-lost cousin she never knew she had. Invited by her newfound family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, she's at first seduced by the sexy aristocrat host but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family's history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity.
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- Release in Cinemas: 2022-08-26
- Runtime: 105 minutes
- directors: Jessica M. Thompson
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- The old couple that recapture Evie after her escape are named Jonathan and Mina Harker, which are the names of two very prominent characters in the book Dracula.
- Carfax Abbey is the name of the estate purchased by Dracula in the original Bram Stoker book, so the name New Carfax Abbey hints at the owner's identity.
- In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, director Jessica M. Thompson revealed that an alternate "R-rated" cut of the film will be released in VOD and streaming following the theatrical run. In the other version, more gore, violence and nudity are added which were removed from the theatrical version for a PG-13 rating.
- Walter's surname, "De Ville", is a play on "devil." In modern Romanian, the English translation of "Dracul" is "devil," further hinting at his true identity as Dracula.
- Lucy, one of the brides of Walter (The Vampire), is also the name of Dracula's victim in Bram Stoker's novel, as well as in numerous film adaptations, among them Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).
- The statue of a dragon on top of an armored knight, is a reverse of the traditional imagery of Saint George slaying a dragon. The common depiction is of a knight above a dragon, either standing or on horseback, striking the dragon with a spear. The statue of a dragon slaying Saint George (The patron saint of England), signifies an opposite outcome than in Bram Stoker's Dracula, where instead of being defeated and leaving, the vampire "conquers England" and establish himself there.
- According to director Jessica M. Thompson, there were two alternate endings for the film, one that was filmed and one that wasn't. The unfilmed ending would have had Evie keep her vampiric powers, despite killing Walter/Dracula, and going out into the world to hunt other vampires; the filmed ending would have had Dracula survive the fire at New Carfax and return by ship to Romania, killing the crew and passengers on the way, in order to survive. Thompson was not a fan of that ending, as she felt it took away from Evie's triumph to have the vampire live, and also because she felt it would suggest there would be sequels. Test audiences also hated that ending. Thompson's original idea for the ending, which is what the final film ends on, was shot several weeks before the film's release, and required the use of a double for Hugh Skinner, as he was unavailable to film the scene. It also allowed there to be one more scene for Courtney Taylor, who was an audience favorite during the screenings.
- As Evie exits the airport, the last picture shown on the airport wall is of Whitby in North Yorkshire. As already mentioned to Evie by Oliver in New York, this was the supposed location of the film, and the place that Dracula was said to have landed in England, by ship called the Demeter, from Varna, Bulgaria.
- Originally titled "The Bride".
- Dracula's name in medieval Romanian is the genitive form of the word "Dracul", meaning "son of the dragon." When Evie first enters New Carfax, there is a statue in the foyer of a dragon battling what appears to be a Turkish soldier, an obvious nod to the estate's true owner.
- Thomas Doherty replaced Garrett Hedlund for this movie.
- Walter's home is called New Carfax, as in Carfax Abbey, the home Jonathan Harker arranged the purchase of in Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula."
- Lucy is a character who appears in Dracula, while Victoria bears resemblance to Dracula's Daughter.
- Her first night at New Carfax Abbey, Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel) wears an "Outlander: The Series" t-shirt to bed. Actress Carol Anne Crawford, who plays Evie's ladies maid, Mrs. Swift, played Mrs. Berrow in "Outlander" from 2016-2019.
- The character Walter De Ville is loosely based on Bram Stoker's Dracula. Thomas Doherty starred in one episode of the series Dracula (2013).
- The Rolls-Royce that Evie exits is left hand drive, but should be right hand drive since they are in the United Kingdom.
- Sam Raimi's company was attached to produce the movie.
- Has the exact same run time of Sony's previous vampire film Morbius (2022).