The Guest


A stranger claiming to be the close friend of a recently deceased soldier invites acceptance — and doubt — from the dead man’s family.

Year: 2014
Certificate: 15
Director: Adam Wingard
Starring: Dan Stevens, Brendan Meyer, Maika Monroe, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Joel David Moore, Chase Williamson, Tabatha Shaun

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Picture the scene: You are Mrs Peterson and your son, Caleb, has been killed in action in war and you’re still mourning your loss. There’s a knock on the door and, upon opening, you see a stranger standing there. The stranger introduces himself as David, a friend of your late son. Of course, you let him into your house and trust his every word about who he is. But it’s OK because he sees the squad photo on your wall and he points himself out to you. Everything checks out until you read the synopsis for the film that you’re not actually starring in and realise that your days are probably numbered…

And so begins “The Guest”, a relatively obscure thriller from director Adam Wingard (“You’re Next“, “V/H/S”) with an awesome, dark 80’s-style soundtrack and score. There’s no denying the fact that David is one creepy individual and you’re not sure whether or not to like him let alone trust him. But he exudes kindness and goes out of his way to help Luke (Caleb’s younger brother) stand up against the school bullies in a darkly humorous way as well as helping Spencer, the father, get a promotion at work.

The pacing of the film is very steady and, although the first half an hour seems a bit slow at times, the story is well played out. Even the action scenes feel strangely calm – which, again, adds to the feeling that there is something not quite right with David. As the body count slowly begins to rise we are left wondering if David really is who he says he is. While he is helpful to the Peterson’s there are just a few too many things that don’t quite add up.

“The Guest” is an enjoyable film; it doesn’t take itself too seriously and is all the better for that. Stevens does a great job of playing David – perfectly blending the amiable with the creepy. The soundtrack it quite bizarre at times and the 80’s synth-led tunes are an excellent addition to the feel of the film as a whole. The plot may be lacking in parts but the dark humour, soundtrack and weirdness make up for that. It’s certainly worth a watch and I’m glad I did.

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5 thoughts on “The Guest

  1. The movie actually bortehed me by seeming to give too much credit to the white characters on the civil rights issue. In that respect it was very hard for me to watch, I believe the storyline didn’t need a white heroine and let’s face it there were few white heroes in that time and place. I wanted to love the movie but I couldn’t get past reality.

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