The Guest (2014)

THE GUESTOh man, this was another one that I’ve been looking forward to all year. Or at least, since I started hearing about it. I was really hoping it would be a big theatrical release, but it just wasn’t. So guys, let’s get to talking about The Guest, starting with the plot :

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

So, from director Adam Wingar, who brought us one of my favourite movies of all time, “You’re Next”, is back with a pretty remarkable movie. This one is another tongue-in-cheek thriller, that entertains from beginning to end. It’s slick, exciting and at times a little bit scary. It’s also packed with horror references, and some moments that are genuinely funny. For example, whenever our main character is alone, he goes into what I refferred to as “Serious Face Mode” where he pulls the most serious face I have ever seen, this happens a few times and makes me laugh everytime.

Also joining Wingard is writer Simon Barrett. Who wrote You’re Next, as well as a segment for V/H/S, V/H/S 2 and The ABC’s of Death. So, we have a great writer/director team here and I am so enormously excited that they’re teaming up with The Guest.

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It’s another one of those movies that I don’t want to delve too deep into the plot with, because it takes some really great and strangely unexpected movies and honestly, you just need to seek out, and enjoy this movie. Immediately.

All in all this movie delivers exactly what I was hoping that it would. It’s slick, and pretty god damn exciting. It unfolds in a way that is really effective, and has some pretty bleak and mercilessly violent moments. It has a really fun, and small, appearance from Joel David Moore (Hatchet) and one of the best looking casts I’ve ever seen in a movie. Dan Stevens is hypnotically handsome and likeable, even when his character turns, I can’t help but love him. His performance is great, and he’s fiercly charismatic. There are also great performances from Leland Orser (Se7en), Lance Reddick (The Wire), and Maika Monroe (The Bling Ring).

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Everyone in the cast is great, the writing is great, the action is enormously satisfying. It’s a really gripping thriller from beginning to end, and if you spot the Halloween 3 reference, please send me a high-five in the post. There’s also a small reference to You’re Next to keep your eyes peeled for.

Find this movie, watch it, and enjoy the whole god damn thing. Ok? Good.

FINAL GRADE : A-

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