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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.


Adam Wingard


Simon Barrett
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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)


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


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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) See more »

Also Known As:

Gost See more »

Filming Locations:

Moriarty, New Mexico, USA See more »


Box Office


$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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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[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 Halloween (1978) See more »


Written by Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein, Mark Danica, and Adam Jones
Performed by SURVIVE
Courtesy of SURVIVE
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A fun and self-aware thriller; retro without being old fashioned
29 August 2014 | by leominosaSee all my reviews

I've never watched Downton Abbey, but I'm guessing that Dan Stevens deliberately sought out very different roles after leaving the show. The Guest is the perfect advert for his abilities. He's convincing as the mysterious but charming visitor and equally capable in moments of action, suspense or humour. I hope the right roles come along for him as he's entertaining to watch and has got everything required to become a major star.

The plot unfolds in a fashion that renders a summary both unnecessary and unwanted if you're planning to see this, but after the initial set-up it progresses at a decent pace and with escalating tension.

A special mention is required for the soundtrack. The electronic score is one of the film's major strengths and is perfectly judged.

An entertaining and self-aware mix of action, suspense and dark humour, the Guest has a retro feel without being old fashioned (a quality that is encapsulated by the score), and features decent performances.

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