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A dinner party takes some disturbing turns in "The Invitation," a horror-thriller whose payoff doesn't match the build-up.

Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his girlfriend, Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi), venture into the Hollywood Hills for a dinner party, thrown by Will's ex-wife, Eden (Tammy Blanchard), and her new hubby, David (Michiel Huisman) — two years after Will last saw Eden, in the aftermath of the death of their 5-year-old son.

The guest list includes many of Will and Eden's old friends, along with two new faces: Pruitt (John Carroll Lynch) and Sadie (Lindsay Burdge), who talk about the spiritual retreat where Eden and David met them. While the other friends are wary of a sales pitch for what sounds like a cult, Will begins to suspect something more ominous.

The script, by the team of Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi ("Ride Along"), builds a bit slowly at first, and the ultimate reveal seems a bit obvious. Director Karyn Kusama ("Jennifer's Body") plays the story like a fairly intense "Twilight Zone" episode, one that earns its tension — before the climax — by leaving it open whether Will is justifiably concerned or just paranoid.

'The Invitation'

Opens Friday, May 6, at the Tower Theatre; not rated, but probably R for strong violence, sexuality and language; 100 minutes.