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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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"David"
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Luke Peterson
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Laura Peterson
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Spencer Peterson
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Major Carver
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Kristen
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Zeke
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Craig
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Mike
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Ian
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Mr. Lyles
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Higgings
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Secretary
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Fireman (as Matt Page)
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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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Be careful who you let in. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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

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5 September 2014 (UK)  »

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Gost  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$322,600 (USA) (17 October 2014)
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2.35 : 1
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The screenplay was written in under eight weeks. See more »

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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 »

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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 You're Next (2011) See more »

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A Day
Written by Ronny Moorings, Pieter Nooten, and Anka Wolbert
Performed by Clan of Xymox
Published by Universal Polygram
International Publishing, Inc.
on behalf of Universal/Momentum Music 3 Ltd. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Beggars Group
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A highly entertaining 80's style action thriller
22 November 2014 | by (San Antonio) – See all my reviews

I thought Wingard's last effort You're Next suffered from too much hype and it didn't entirely work for me. Now he returns with an action movie of sorts with some slasher elements thrown in with The Guest and this is a home run. It is a slick and entertaining action thriller that hearkens back to the same kind of movies from the 80's with its own modern touches along with a great soundtrack and a great performance from Dan Stevens.

Good: Dan Stevens is the glue that binds this movie together. He exudes vulnerability and charm that you just can't help but like the guy and yet he still retains some sinister vibes underneath that smiling exterior. He knocks it out of the park and when things amp up he delivers on that front also. I really like the family in this movie. They were all likable and I was concerned for their well being which isn't something that a lot of these movies tend to successfully pull of. Maika Monroe turns in a strong performance. The direction is very slick and it has a nice atmosphere to it. The action is swift and hits hard without going too over the top. The music is another plus with its 80's style synth pop that makes every scene that much more enjoyable.

Bad: The movie never truly surprises with its twists and turns and it is a pretty straightforward thriller.

Overall, it doesn't do anything new, but it does so in style with great performances, slick action, and an awesome soundtrack.


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