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The Invitation (2003)

Six people are invited to a remote island by a famous horror author for dinner. He reveals that he poisoned everyone, just as he was having his own epiphany. In order to get the antidote, each person must confess their lies.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Henriksen ... Roland Levy
Christopher Shyer ... Joel Gellman
Stellina Rusich ... Liza Harris
Stefanie von Pfetten ... Anne Prescott
David Livingstone David Livingstone ... John Leveque
Douglas O'Keeffe ... Michael Harris
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Maria Gellman (as Sarah Jane Redmond)
Lideo Baldeon Lideo Baldeon ... Jesus
Michael Leisen Michael Leisen ... Manola
Fred Henderson ... Calley
Bob Dawson Bob Dawson ... Senior Partner
Wanda Wilkinson Wanda Wilkinson ... Patient (as Wanda Wilkenson)
Fulvio Cecere ... Correlli (scenes deleted)
William M. Gregory William M. Gregory ... Joel's Father
Mikka Dargel Mikka Dargel ... Anne's Sister


Roland Levy is a great writer. A teller of tales. A setter of scenes. But the six guests he has invite to his island home are in for a scene like they could have never imagined. One night to confess the lies their lives are built on. Or to die. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and images of sex and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 December 2003 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Peplo thanatou See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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References Fantasy Island (1977) See more »

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Book of Revelations
11 December 2008 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Six friends (and a dog) each harboring a deep dark secret (minus the dog, of course) are invited to an old friend, Roland's (Lance Henriksen), secluded island retreat. Where they are promptly poisoned via wine at dinner. Seems Roland had experienced a near-death life-changing experience when he unknowingly drank poison while traveling abroad, and he wishes to share this 'gift' with the others in order to free them of their inner demons. But as one by one they start dropping dead, is his reasoning truly sound?

Henrikson is a magnificent actor who has been in some dreadful films (Pumpkinhead 3, the Mangler, etcetera) but with even a mediocre script, he can and does take the ball and run with it. Here he pulls off a pretty good performance, sadly however the rest of the cast can't hope to excel and pale in comparison. The movie itself is good enough until it devolves before your eyes into something akin to a Made-For-Lifetime TV movie. (you'll understand after watching it) But it still kept my interest for the most part, thanks in no small part to Lance.

My Grade: C-

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