The Invitation (2022) movie, ending explained

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The Invitation (2022) is a fantasy horror film directed by Jessica M. Thompson and written by Blair Butler. It stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, Hugh Skinner, Stephanie Corneliussen, Alana Boden and Sean Pertwee. First like a copy of ‘Go out‘, it soon brings a horror icon into play, becoming a hugely entertaining film that pays homage to a number of films in the genre. Its glossy looks and some obvious elements in its script come across as glaring problems, but Thompson has made a film that uses the lens of racism most intelligently to explore the conflict between genetic history and cultural history.

The Invitation (2022) Plot Summary & Movie Summary:

A woman living in a dilapidated room in a large English mansion refuses to eat, as she has been doing for some time. When the butler forces her to do so, she escapes in a violent rage with seemingly superhuman speed and strength. After hiding from those looking for her, she hangs herself with a piano string, decapitating her.

Based in New York, Evie is an aspiring artist who was recently orphaned and practices ceramics. While waiting as a waitress for a genetic research company’s anniversary party, her friend Grace gives her a bag of DNA kits. Curious about her ancestry, she uses the DNA kit and opts on the company’s website to allow her relatives to contact her if they can trace any. She soon receives a message from Oliver Alexander, her aristocratic cousin from England, who wants to meet her on an upcoming trip to New York.

At the meeting, Oliver seems grateful for their acquaintance. He tells her about their connection and invites her to this big wedding in Yorkshire, where her cousin is marrying into an extraordinarily wealthy family. Evie agrees, realizing that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

After convincing her friend Grace to keep her informed of everything that will happen at the wedding, she arrives in England. New Carfax Abbey, the home of the DeVilles, is an old Gothic mansion. The place is run by Walter DeVille, the young lord. It’s a magical destination wedding for Evie, who is lovingly welcomed into the Alexander family while Walter coddle her as they realize their attraction to one another.

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However, Viktoria, one of the bridesmaids, is oddly confrontational and abusive towards Evie, while the other bridesmaid, Lucy, is a mild-mannered girl and is kind to her while being commanded by Viktoria. Soon the maids begin to disappear as they are killed by a shadowy figure. Evie dreams about the woman we saw at the beginning of the film. After they have sex, Walter eventually asks Evie to marry him, and she jokingly agrees. As it soon turns out, it was anything but a joke for him and the dream soon turns into a nightmare when she realizes what she has unknowingly gotten herself into.

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What is Evie’s connection to the Alexanders?

When they first meet, Oliver tells Evie that his great-grandmother, a rebellious young woman named Emmaline, had a scandalous, secret affair with a black servant while she was already engaged. She gave birth to a baby who is Evie’s grandfather, after which the servant left the village and raised him alone. Emmaline managed to keep their affair a secret even from her husband.

To this day, the Alexanders are excited about this chapter in their story and overjoyed to have discovered part of their family in America. It is made all the more special by the fact that the family apparently fathered only male children and so Evie’s discovery for the patriarch, her and Oliver’s great uncle Alfred, is a relief.

Who is Walter DeVille really?

Although it’s never exactly stated what Walter really is, it’s pretty clear that he is a vampire. He drinks blood, is centuries old and yet doesn’t look a day older than thirty. His house is called New Carfax Abbey, which is a reference to Carfax, the property Dracula bought for his residence in England in Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name. His last name, DeVille, is a homophone of the word “devil”. New Carfax is located in Whitby, the place where Stoker had the idea for the character and the seminal novel. The Demeter, a Russian ship that brought Count Dracula to England, ended his last voyage in Whitby, also making it the first place he set foot on England.

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All of this information culminates in Walter telling Evie that in Wallachia, a region in Romania, he was called “The Son of the Dragon”, which means the name “Dracula” in Romanian, while “dracul” means “devil”. Interestingly, his last name “DeVille” is a homophone of “devil”. He also states that in his “old homeland”, probably Romania, he was also called “Nosferatu”, which is another word for vampire and was the name of the seminal 1922 horror film whose story was plagiarized entirely from Bram Stoker’s novel . So it’s possible that Walter isn’t just any vampire, but Count Dracula himself.

What purpose did Evie have in the wedding?

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The three families who serve Walter, namely the Billingtons, the Klopstocks, and the Alexanders, do so by providing wives to him. The wives are a return for which Walter will provide eternal wealth and status for the three families, and so they depend on him for their prosperity. Walter seems to have a fairly sacred idea of ​​the number three, which in turn goes back to the novel “Dracula” and the importance of the number there.

Lucy is a Billington, Viktoria is a Klopstock and Emmaline was an Alexander. Emmaline was set to marry Walter when she was having an affair with Evie’s great-grandfather. Walter’s wives drink his blood at their wedding to gain his qualities such as immortality, glacial aging, extreme strength, and speed. As it turns out, Viktoria was married to Walter for 500 years and Lucy for 100 years. In the event of Walter’s death, they lose the powers they gained from him.

Emmaline, who has been described as rebellious, opposed Walter’s practices from the start and eventually killed herself after growing fed up with the life she was forced to lead.

Emmaline’s death jeopardized Walter’s relationship with the Alexanders, who then jumped at the opportunity to use Evie as his wife, replacing their own grandmother after discovering her through Evie’s attempt to find out about her parentage. To ensure that this misfortune does not happen to them, the Alexanders have sent Oliver to take Evie to the wedding.

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The Invitation (2022) film ending, explained:

At the wedding, Evie agrees to marry Walter, realizing that she can then gain his powers, which is the only way she can overpower her captors. As soon as that happens, she lights the altar, stabs Walter in the heart, causing him to grow old instantly but doesn’t kill him and escapes with the maid Dea.

When Viktoria confronts her, Lucy comes to Evie’s defense as she has grown tired of her domineering attitude. In the ensuing fight between Lucy and Viktoria, the two are impaled by the former, killing themselves. Evie then kills Mr. Fields, Walter’s racist butler, who admits to killing Evie’s great-grandfather after learning of his affair with Emmaline. When an old Walter comes to kill Evie, she throws him into the fire she had lit at the altar and is now spreading in his house. She avenges the death of her grandparents.

As a result of Walter’s death, Evie no longer remains a vampire and becomes a normal human again. In the epilogue, Evie and Grace are waiting for Oliver near his office so they can kill him as revenge for what he did to Evie.

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The Invitation (2022) Film Cast – Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, Stephanie Corneliussen, Alana Boden, Sean Pertwee, Hugh Skinner
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