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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.

Director:

Adam Wingard

Writer:

Simon Barrett
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4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Be careful who you let in. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | UK

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, 19 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$322,600, 17 October 2014
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The three masks from the movie Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) (Jack O'Lantern, Witch, and Skeleton) can be seen projected on the wall in the climax of the film on several occasions. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Spencer Peterson: Are you done with your breakfast?
Luke Peterson: Yeah.
Spencer Peterson: Let's do this thing.
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Soundtracks

Sacrifice
Written by Daniel Bressanutti, Patrick Codenys, Jean-Luc de Meyer, and Richard Jonckheere
Performed by Front 242
Published by Confidence SC (BMI)
c/o Wixen Music Publishing
Courtesy of Play Is Again Sam
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First half is some of the best movie-making I have seen in a long time
17 November 2014 | by jay jaySee all my reviews

While the second half is forgettable action fun. A very uneven movie, which raises enormous expectations in those first 40 minutes, but ultimately can't deliver. We, the viewer, are still left with half of a marvelous movie. The main actor is incredible. Not in the Pacino sense, but more in the Schwarzenegger sense. He creates an iconic character, which is extremely sympathetic and scary at the same time. The writing has some obvious plotting issues, but all the way through you'll come across terrifically written scenes. The direction and overall acting is top notch. But to me, the greatest thing about the film ia its use of music. It has one of the best soundtracks I've heard in a movie for a long time. Think Miami Vice crossed with Brad Fiedel's work on the The Terminator. Really effective stuff.

Like I said, the second half is forgettable and formulaic, but still fun.


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