The Invitation is a 2022 American thriller movie directed by Jessica M. Thompson, written by Blair Butler, and produced by Emile Gladstone. The movie stars Nathalie Emmanuel and Thomas Doherty. Inspired by Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, the movie follows a young woman who meets long-lost family members for the first time after her mother’s death, only to discover the dark secrets they carry with them.
Originally titled The Bride, the project was produced by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures, with a script by Butler. However, Raimi and Tapert left due to scheduling conflicts. By 2020, the director, producer, and new title of the moviehave been announced. Casting took place from May to October 2021, with filming beginning in September in Budapest. The Invitation was released theatrically in the United States on August 26, 2022, by Sony Pictures Releasing. Now, know about The Invitation movie
The Invitation: Movie Synopsis
“The Invitation.” In New York, struggling artist Evelyn “Evie” Jackson makes a living as a waitress for a catering company. After Evie, an orphan whose mother recently died receives a DNA kit at an event she was working on, she sends the kit away. She soon receives results confirming that she has extended family in England, and is sent a message by her cousin Oliver Alexander, who suggests they meet.
Evie is quickly charmed by the harmlessly eager Oliver, who tells Evie about the scandal of her great-grandmother Emmaline Alexander, who, while engaged, had an affair with a black footman and had a secret child. Oliver invites Evie to an upcoming family wedding in England so she can meet everyone, and Evie agrees after he sends her a first-class plane ticket.
Evie arrives at the beautiful Carfax estate in the English countryside and is charmed by the handsome lord of the estate, Walter DeVille. Evie is welcomed by her new family with eagerly open arms and becomes the guest of honor. She is approached by Mr. Fields, the head butler at the Carfax Estate, as she tries to help two maids who dropped their glasses because she bumped into them.
She is also greeted by Mrs. Swift, the manor’s longtime servant. During the night, the new maids assigned by Mr. Fields to clean various parts of the house go missing as they are attacked by a shadowy figure throughout the house and Evie has nightmares about Emmaline killing herself.
Evie is invited to participate in pre-wedding activities with two bridesmaids: the condescending and sarcastic Victoria and the bubbly, puppy-dog Lucy, to who Evie takes a liking. Viktoria upsets Evie and plants doubts about Walter in her mind, leading Evie to discover that Walter had Evie checked before her arrival. Evie confronts Walter about this and threatens to leave, but the two make up for the misunderstanding and have sex.
Evie comes down later for the fancy dress dinner, expecting to finally meet the bride and groom. Walter stands up and announces that he and Evie are getting married, and Mr. Fields slits the maid’s throat, pouring her blood into a bowl, scaring Evie. Walter is revealed to be a vampire and the three families make a pact to give him three wives, one from each family, in exchange for prosperity, protection, and power.
The Alexander family had only had boys since Emmaline’s birth and were thrilled that Evie’s discovery meant they could once again fulfill their contract and provide Walter with a bride from their line. Viktoria and Lucy are revealed to be Walter’s current vampire brides, Viktoria being his bride for the past 500 years and Lucy for the past 100 years, and the pair take Evie to the basement to prepare her for the upcoming wedding.
They even try to comfort her because they too fought back when they turned into vampires centuries ago. Despite Evie’s pleas, Viktoria locks her in a coffin and leaves her there overnight.
Evie is freed in the morning by her mistress’s maid, Mrs. Swift. Evie escapes and finds refuge while Mrs. Swift is killed for allowing Evie to escape. Unbeknownst to Evie, the elderly couple quickly dialed the phone and informed the Estate that they had Evie because they were former servants still loyal to the Alexanders. Evie is knocked unconscious and brought back to the mansion.
Dazed and confused, Evie wakes up as Walter vaguely describes his past when he was once human, mentioning that he was referred to as “The Son of The Dragon”, implying that he is actually Dracula. Walter then feeds on the maid in front of Evie, causing her to pass out.
Once she wakes up, she exchanges marriage vows with Walter and bites his hand, consuming his blood and turning into a half-vampire with fangs and spiked nails just like Viktoria and Lucy. Instead of completing the blood exchange, Evie sets fire to the wedding chapel, stabs Walter, and escapes to the foyer with the maid she was meant to support. (The Invitation)
Enraged, Viktoria chases after Evie, but the younger Lucy stops Viktoria from killing Evie by attacking her. The two brides fight each other before Lucy impales Victoria and herself on a spear, killing them both and turning them to dust.
Evie is attacked by Mr. Fields, who turns out to be a bigot who never wanted Evie to be introduced as a bride because of her mixed ancestry, and he killed Evie’s black great-grandfather. It is also revealed that Evie’s great-grandmother Emmaline married Walter and was also turned into a vampire, but killed herself because she refused to feed on other people.
Evie then stabs Mr. Fields in the throat with the spear he used to attack her, killing him. Evie is chased by Walter, who tries to strangle her. However, Evie breaks free of his grip and kicks him into the growing fire, killing him and avenging her great-grandparents. When he finally dies, she reverts back to human form and flees the burning mansion.
Two weeks later, Evie arrives in London, where she and her friend Grace see Oliver enter Alexander Realty. They follow him intent on revenge.
The Invitation Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
Evie finally met the whole family. Great-great-uncle Alfred was too emotional after meeting her. Evie felt comfortable being greeted in such a warm way, even though she still didn’t feel like she belonged there. Mr. Fields asked the maids who had met Evie earlier to go to the wine cellar and get a bottle of the rare 1897 Vino Cruor. Diya, the one who had a brief conversation with Evie, was kidnapped by an unknown supernatural being. It seemed to me that Mr. Fields served the maids on purpose to the animal that existed in the basement. (The Invitation)
Evie also sensed the terrifying presence, but time and time again ignored it. Walter flirted wildly with her. By his actions, he showed the lady that he was too interested in her. A stay at New Carfax Abbey (an indication that clarifies the identity of the hosts) meant constant attendance at parties, dinners, and social gatherings. At one such dinner, Evie feels quite special when the butler, Mr. Fields, announces her name as he makes a recording.
Evie met Victoria Klopstock and Lucy Billington, the bridesmaids. Viktoria was very cold towards Evie. As if she was constantly trying to humiliate her. Lucy, on the other hand, was very warm and very welcoming and made sure Evie knew she liked her. Later that night, Evie also felt the presence of something supernatural in her room. Walter came as soon as he heard her scream. He calmed her down and told her that it was probably the big mansion and the change of space that was causing the hallucinations.
That night, Mrs. Smith was about to reveal something to her, but Walter came and interrupted her. Evie later found a hard copy of her Facebook profile page and her test results from the “Find Yourself” website lying on Walter’s desk. She felt that he was scrutinizing her all this time and pretended that he didn’t know anything about her.
But Walter assured her that he never meant to check on her. He says he just wanted to be a little cautious and know the background of this unknown American cousin who came out of nowhere. Evie and Walter reconcile and share an intimate moment.
Evie attends a rehearsal dinner, hoping to meet the couple who will be getting married. At the dinner table, Walter welcomed three great families, viz., the Billingtons of Whiteby, the Klopstocks of Budapest, and the Alexandras of London. Evie was still confused because she didn’t see the couple that was supposed to get married. To her dismay, Walter announced that he was going to marry Evie and spoke of re-establishing the bonds that had been broken.
In addition, a maid was murdered in front of her eyes and her blood was eaten as a snack by Walter, Viktoria, and Lucy. Walter’s true identity and intentions are finally revealed. Walter was a vampire, and for ages, the mortals of the three families aided him in his grisly endeavors. Viktoria and Lucy were his two wives and he wanted to marry Evie as the third. Emmaline, Evie’s great-grandmother, was Walter’s wife but refused to drink the blood of a human being. (The Invitation)
She was the same woman who committed suicide at the beginning of “The Invitation”. The Billington, Klopstock, and Alexander bloodlines were rare. Viktoria said that if they join together, they will make the three wives and their master Walter extremely strong and powerful. Viktoria had been with Walter for the past 500 years and therefore felt she had a superior position compared to any other new wife.
Lucy’s connection was still new as she had only been with the family for a century. During the wedding ceremony, the wife and husband had to drink each other’s blood. Lucy told Evie that once she drank Walter’s blood, she would have the strength equivalent to 100 men, but only when the master drank his wife’s blood would they be granted eternal life. Evie was placed in a coffin and told she could come out during the day.
Mrs. Smith, the maid that was assigned to Evie, came to her rescue. She was her great-grandmother’s friend and wanted to warn Evie of impending doom, even though she couldn’t. Evie managed to escape from the Carfax Abbey estate and began knocking on every door for help. She met an elderly couple named Mr. and Mrs. Harker who gave her shelter. Evie saw a picture of the old couple and realized that they had sworn fealty to the Lord of the new Carfax Abbey.
She tried to escape from there but couldn’t and was sent back to Walter’s mansion again. Walter told her that it was quite a profitable offer for her. She would be freed from the fragility of human life and could enjoy immortality. Evie agrees to marry Walter because she has little choice. During the ceremony, Walter cuts his wrist and Evie sucks the blood from it. Her body transformed. Evie could feel the adrenaline coursing through her veins. She said she wanted to drink Diya’s maid blood but instead she went and set the table on fire.
She stabbed Walter and pursued Oliver, who was responsible for tricking her into the mansion. Evie was attacked by Victoria, but Lucy intervened and asked her to stop the facade once and for all. Lucy pushed Viktoria against the spear and it penetrated both bodies. Both died and Evie was close to escaping again. Mr. Fields attacked Evie and didn’t waste the opportunity to humiliate her again, even though she overpowered and killed him.
Evie attacked Walter with full force, but the girl was adamant. She cut off his wrist and threw him into the fire. The nightmare ended and Evie returned to New York. In the end, we see Olivar trying to escape the country and hide the evidence from the authorities, but Evie and her friend Grace will not forgive the cunning conspirator. They track him down and follow him to his office, presumably to kill him for his ungrateful behavior and sinful actions. “The Invitation.”