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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Peterson
Laura Peterson
Spencer Peterson
Major Carver
Mr. Lyles
Fireman (as Matt Page)


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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Release Date:

5 September 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Gost  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$84,527 (USA) (19 September 2014)


$322,600 (USA) (17 October 2014)

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dan Stevens was completely emaciated when he first met with film-makers Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett because he had lost 30 pounds to star in A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014). They really wanted him for the role but were worried about his appearance because they wanted a really buff soldier physique for the lead character. Wingard said that Stevens looked like Christian Bale in The Machinist (2004) but they wanted him to look like Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005). However, they gave him the role after Stevens promised that he would workout like mad and bulk up for the role. The day he was cast, he was assigned personal trainers and dietitians to begin his physical transformation for the role. He worked out daily for 2 hours a day, even during shooting eventually putting on 25 pounds of muscle and building six pack abs for his shirtless scene. The scene was scheduled in the last week of principal photography so that he got as much time as possible to build up his physique. He was cast just a month before principal photography began and the shoot was two months long giving him about 3 months to prepare for his the scene. Stevens said that it was the first time in his career that he had done serious body-building for a role and he was thrilled by the aesthetic appearance of his body in this film. He said it also allowed him to break his former image as a chubby & restrained English gent on Downton Abbey (2010) and surprise audiences by crafting an image of a shirtless macho soldier. Wingard pointed out that Stevens' body shape significantly changes from scene to scene. This is because the film was shot out of sequence and Stevens was still training throughout the shoot, so that he appeared frail in some scenes and very muscular in others. Wingard and Barrett said that Stevens' shirtless scene was one of the most important scenes in the movie because they knew it was going to be a major selling point and a sure-fire trailer shot and they spent more time shooting this scene than any other. Wingard said that he "wanted to sexually objectify and fetishize Dan Stevens' shirtless body in this shot as it went with the playful nature of the movie where the audience was subversively being asked to ogle at body of the bad boy character. The film-makers scheduled that scene as late as possible because they wanted Stevens' body in "optimum condition". In preparation for that scene, Stevens shaved his chest and tanned his body so that all his muscle definition could be seen. In addition, Wingard said that to deepen the muscle definition even further, the trainers had Stevens do a trick where "he did not consume any food or water for a day, and then just before the shot, he drank a diet coke and did 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups". This tightened up his muscles and made his veins stand out giving him the super-ripped appearance that the film-makers wanted. The shot was then subsequently used in all the trailers and publicity materials for the film. See more »


When Anna and Major Peterson are driving to get Luke, several police cars and an ambulance can be seen and heard. However, the horn sound effect actually belongs to a large fire engine. See more »


[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 Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »


Storm Column
Written by Aaron David Ross and Matthew Arkell
Performed by Gatekeeper
Published by Body Limits Music
Courtesy of Gatekeeper
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User Reviews

Brilliant movie.. worth a watch!
7 September 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I went in to the cinema with no expectations with this movie. I watched the trailer and assumed it will be some average movie but I was totally mistaken. The film is very fast paced with surprisingly some humor throughout. There was a lot of gruesome fight scenes (I personally jump watching violent scenes) but I get the reasons why they were there. Dan Stevens was a complete shocker with his performance. If you remember him from Downtown Abbey, his performance here is amazing! He portrays a brilliant character and he does an amazing American accent. All the actors were perfectly cast for this movie. I loved Maika Monroe, she reminded me a lot of Brittany Murphy and Gwen Stefani. The ending was totally not expected and I loved every bit. The music played reminded me a bit of Drive soundtrack but worked brilliant with this movie. I truly recommend the movie!!

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