The Guest

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strong bloody violence, strong language, drug use, sexualised nudity

About this Film

Tense thriller 'The Guest' sees the family of a fallen soldier take in a stranger who claims to have fought with their son in Iraq.

The grieving Peterson family are comforted by the appearance of a charming young man who says he's a fellow soldier and friend of their deceased son. So much so, that they welcome this handsome stranger into their own home. But despite ingratiating himself with the family, something is still not quite right. Is he who he says he is?

'The Guest' stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and is directed by Adam Wingard (You're Next).Guest Notice - "The Guest" contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy."

  • Released on
    05/09/14
  • Genre
    Thriller
  • Cast members
    Candice Patton, Ethan Embry, Dan Stevens
  • Running time
    100 minutes
  • Directed by
    Adam Wingard
  • Language
    English

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Reviews in the press

Total Film - 4/5 Stars

Downtown crabby

Rare is the thriller that converts Downton Abbey fans to the dark side. But this could do the trick. Starring Dan Stevens – aka Abbey’s Matthew Crawley – it’s another playful ’80s-infused crowdpleaser from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (V/H/S, You’re Next), who more than know their way around the video shop. We begin with army boots pounding the desert floor, before a lurid title card arrives with a speaker-shuddering chord. It’s Dead Man’s Shoes to Dario Argento in one cut, although A History Of Violence via Roadhouse gives a better idea of the mood.

The boots belong to David (Stevens), who arrives at the Peterson family’s door with a message from their late son who died on duty in Afghanistan. Mourning mum (Sheila Kelly) invites this nice young man to stay, doubting dad (Leland Orser) is not so sure; daughter (Maika Monroe) dismissive, son (Brendan Meyer) smitten. Soon, David’s inveigled himself into family life, instantly becoming the coolest thing in Dipshitville. Could he be too good to be true?

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Fun

Reviewer: MoeezDate: 2014-09-11

Great midnight movie. Shlocky, stylish, and willing to have a little fun that harkens back to the early 80s (dat font and synth). Cool vampire subtext going on. There's nothing else good out right now, might as well check it out.

So bad its funny

Reviewer: Alice in no mans landDate: 2014-09-08

An utterly miserable waste of time and money. This film has bad dialogue, acting, sets and inappropriate music which when combined deliver a predictable, slow and laughable product. Best bit, Dan Stevens acting all tough but with a very dodgy limp.

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