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The Perfect Host (2010)

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An on-the-run convict looking for temporary cover finds it at the house of a very colorful character.

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Nick Tomnay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hyde Pierce ... Warwick Wilson
Clayne Crawford ... John Taylor
Tyrees Allen ... Roman
Cooper Barnes ... Rupert
Megahn Perry ... Simone De Marchi
Annie Campbell ... Chelsea
Helen Reddy ... Cathy Knight
Indira G. Wilson ... Monica (as Indira Gibson)
George Cheung ... Storekeeper (as George Kee Cheung)
Brooke Anderson ... Thief (as Brooke 'Mikey' Anderson)
Cheryl Francis Harrington ... Car Rental Worker
Amanda Payton ... Girl at Party
Joseph Will ... Det. Valdez
Nathaniel Parker ... Det. Morton
Greg Brown Greg Brown ... Man in Polaroid
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Storyline

Injured after committing a bank robbery, John Taylor is desperate to find a place to hide out and approaches the home of Warick Wilson. John manages to get himself invited into the house by posing as a friend of a friend and spinning a sob story of lost luggage and a violent mugging. Inside, Warick, a consummate host, is making the final preparations for an impeccable dinner party. He insists John stay for the party, but as the evening begins it becomes obvious Warick may not be what he first appears. Written by L. Hamre

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Dinner Parties Are A Dying Art. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violent content and brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinner for One - Eine mörderische Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,505, 3 July 2011

Gross USA:

$48,764

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$453,708
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The tattoo on John's hand contains 3 Hebrew letters, which are the initials for "Ura Riva Yerivi" - a kabbalah term that means absolute certainty and is supposed to enhance confidence and belief. See more »

Goofs

The radio alert said John was driving a "1980's maroon Buick plate KRS427". California plate format is #AAA###, so the leading digit is missing. The car is shown having plate # "3CNC443". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Thief: [with gun] Open the register!
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Connections

References Dracula (1931) See more »

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Magic Passion
Written by Lars Luis Linek (as Lars-Luis Linek)
Courtesy of APM Music
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Really creepy good fun
29 March 2011 | by SimonsterSee all my reviews

Viewed at the Festival de Film, Cannes 2010

To spoil or not to spoil, that is the question. NOT spoil! The summary tells you all you need to know and anything else would be a revelation and defeat the object. Basically, David Hyde Pierce plays his Frasier character Nils as coming from the dark side. He's whacked out all right, but only slowly do we discover just how whacked and out he is!

The Perfect Host is not a horror film, although it's easy to see how it could have been made as one, but a psychological, cat and mouse thriller of tables (dining tables?) turning and being turned as small time hood meets major lunatic!

Given the vast majority of the film takes place in one setting, the film does come over as a bit staged at times, but that also adds another dimension because staging itself plays a big part. After all, Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce's character) is staging the perfect dinner party and is not about to let some uncultivated intruder spoil things.

And then come the twists...

The Perfect Host is a little film that slips under the radar, but if you enjoy good thrillers, want a different take on the home invasion genre, just enjoy watching David Hyde Pierce (and he is most watchable) being creepy, then it's well worth a look.


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