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The Guest (2014)

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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.

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Adam Wingard

Writer:

Simon Barrett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Stevens ... "David"
Maika Monroe ... Anna Peterson
Brendan Meyer ... Luke Peterson
Sheila Kelley ... Laura Peterson
Leland Orser ... Spencer Peterson
Lance Reddick ... Major Carver
Tabatha Shaun ... Kristen
Chase Williamson ... Zeke
Joel David Moore ... Craig
Steven John Brown ... Mike (as Steve Brown)
Brenden Wedner ... Ian
Alex Knight ... Mr. Lyles
Ethan Embry ... Higgings
Nancy Jeris Nancy Jeris ... Secretary
Matthew Page ... Fireman (as Matt Page)
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Storyline

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.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gost See more »

Filming Locations:

Moriarty, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,527, 21 September 2014

Gross USA:

$332,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,700,051
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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In 2018 Youtube interview with RedLetterMedia, screenwriter Simon Barrett talked about original earlier different story and script ideas and versions for The Guest. The first version of the script which he worked on years earlier and never finished was about soldier suffering from PTSD who killed another soldier while they were in war because they hated each other, and after he comes back he goes to visit his family pretending like he was his friend while instead planning on killing them too. Barrett also said how in one of the earlier drafts he wrote after director Adam Wingard told him about the story idea he had for the film, David was more of a cyborg who was rebuild after he was injured in combat, and how originally the story took place in foggy, isolated areas of Pacific north west instead of New Mexico. See more »

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When Anna Peterson is reviewing the screenshots of David's burner phone in her room, the calls were listed as being made on Sun, Oct 27 9:14a and Sun, Oct 24 6:31p (three days apart, yet both were Sundays). See more »

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[first lines]
Spencer Peterson: Are you done with your breakfast?
Luke Peterson: Yeah.
Spencer Peterson: Let's do this thing.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Haunted When the Minutes Drag
Written by Daniel Gaston Ash, Kevin Michael Dompe, and David Jay
Performed by Love and Rockets
Published by Universal-Polygram Int. Publ., Inc.
on behalf of Universal/Momentum Music 3 Ltd. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Beggars Group
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Oh Cousin Matthew...
13 September 2014 | by no_imagination4815162342See all my reviews

So a guy who claims to know your dead son turns up at your house one day. He seems nice and looks like that bloke off of Downton so you let him stay for a while... That is pretty much all I knew about this film before I went to see it. What follows is an enjoyable thriller with laughs aplenty and an excellent central performance from Dan Stevens (more on that later).

The plot, at the end of the day, is fairly nonsensical and there are some troubling loose ends that I found a little unsatisfactory. I can't say that any of the story is particularly surprising or original but what does that matter when everyone making it and everyone in the audience seems to be having so much fun? The cinema I was in was probably around half full and while there was nobody in full-on hysterical laughter, there was a satisfactory amount of appreciative chuckling (me included).

I feel that the majority of my enjoyment of this film should really be credited to Dan Stevens in the main role. His character is charming, pleasant and helpful and yet strangely sinister and unsettling from the outset and he plays it absolutely perfectly. You can't help but like him even though you're not sure that you should. Apart from a smallish role in "The Fifth Estate", I am only familiar with Stevens from Downton Abbey and his role in this couldn't have been more different from both of these. I look forward to seeing how his career progresses but this was an excellent example of his versatility as an actor.

Overall a good Saturday night out at the cinema but I can't imagine it is the kind of classic film I would watch again and again.


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