Written by Simon Barrett
Directed by Adam Wingard
Starring: Dan Stevens
From the box: From the creators of You’re Next comes The Guest, a pulse-pounding thriller starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and Maika Monroe (Labor Day). Recently discharged from the Army, David Collins (Stevens) unexpectedly shows up on the Petersons’ doorstep, claiming to be their late sons’s best friend. Welcomed into their home, the well-mannered stranger becomes part of the family until a shocking wave of violence raises daughter Anna’s (Monroe) suspicions that the mysterious ex-soldier is not quite what he seems. Smart and suspenseful, The Guest is an action-packed blast that critics are calling “impossibly cool.”(Samuel Zimmerman, Fangoria)
Special features: Deleted Scenes, Q&A with Dan Stevens, Feature Commentary with Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett
I’m going to keep this short and simple. The Guest is fantastic. From the acting to the script to the score and anything else you can think of, The Guest delivers in every possible way. Super fun, with a stellar out of left field performance from Dan Stevens.
The story revolves around Stevens’ character David Collins, who shows up unannounced and rather quickly charms himself into the Peterson family. He befriend them, becomes one of them. It isn’t long before things start going wrong as David’s nice guy persona begins to fall away.
I won’t give any more details than that. No spoilers. I don’t want to take away any enjoyment of this film. It really is a great movie and well worth a buy.
One thing that really stood out for me, besides Dan Steven’s excellent performance, was the score from Steve Moore. The score is fantastic and really gives the film a great atmosphere. It’s very John Carpenter sounding, which might be why I like it so much.
The blu-ray looks and sounds spectacular. Special features include deleted scenes, commentary, and a Q&A with star Dan Stevens.
Adam Wingard is definitely making a name for himself as a director to keep an eye on. I’m eager to see what he and writer Simon Barrett bring us next.
Action packed with some really great performances makes The Guest a must see film, and in fact, one of the best films of 2014.
9/10 Dog Tags
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.