The Guest (2014)(2014)
He's here to help.
The family of a serviceman killed in action receive an unexpected visit from one of his deadly comrades (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey's Matthew Crawley) in this creepy thriller from the makers of You're Next. Co-stars Maika Monroe, star of breakout indie horror It Follows.
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BY Matt Glasby Flicks Writer
There are lots of so-called “throwback horrors” around at the moment – hello, Housebound – but it doesn't matter what vintage your clothes are if you haven't got the moves.... More
From Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, the prolific writer/director team who brought us You're Next, parts of V/H/S, and the little-seen but worth-seeking-out A Horrible Way To Die, and boasting all kinds of indie horror cameos (Cheap Thrills’ Ethan Embry, The Sacrament’s AJ Bowen), The Guest is a wry, revved-up 1980s-style psycho thriller that barely puts a foot wrong.
Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens excels as a recently discharged soldier who inveigles his way into the Peterson household claiming to have served alongside their son who died in Iraq. Before you can say "Fatal Attraction" he's become the family fixer, seeing off Brendan Meyer’s school bullies and seeing to Maika (It Follows) Monroe's friends with a lethal mixture of smarm and steel. The scene in which devilish Dan takes on a bar full of jocks is one of the slyest, smartest smack-downs you'll see all year.
But beneath the knuckle-gnawing tension and fist-cracking action there's a thick vein of black humour atop a sliver of genuine grief. This allows The Guest to be funny, convincing and exciting all at once, effortlessly straddling the line between cheesy and awesome until it blows its cover in the last act.
If The Guest were a colour it would be the neon blue of its title card: a little bit show-off, a little bit retro, but it'll definitely brighten your night.Hide
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BY JackWallace superstar
The Guest is freaking amazeballs, and one of the best movies of the year. Immensely entertaining action thriller. Great soundtrack. Listen to the song "The Magician" by Mike Simonetti. Dan Stevens is fantastic as "David". I'd describe his character as the handsome, charismatic human version of the Terminator. See this awesome movie!
BY adamatdramatrain superstar
Director, Adam Wingard, and writer, Simon Barrett, scored a perfect five from me with... More You’re Next, their brilliantly shot and structured take on the home invasion horror, now they’ve skewed the oh so handsome, charming sociopath thriller too, with Dan Stevens superb in the Christian Slater in Heathers / Rutger Hauer in The Hitcher style role. It Follows star, Maika Monroe, delivers a superb modern day take on the teen girl in peril trope, and the climactic scene is both a tense and funny after school detention set-piece, with shades of Carrie, and pretty much every 80s slasher movie.
Not to give too much away, but the slow build up works, so the less you know going in the better. Think Drew Goddard/Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods in terms of structure, and an homage that manages to be simultaneously sincere and tongue-in-cheek. A pretty neat trick in itself.
With new movie The Woods in the works, Wingard and his screenwriter, Barrett, seem to be on a damn fine roll. If their next is as solidly made and downright entertaining as You’re Next and The Guest, we horror/thriller throwback fans are in for another damn fine treat.Hide
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