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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


David is the perfect Houseguest. He cooks. He cleans. He kills. See more »

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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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?


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 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 The Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »


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User Reviews

Very amusing B material
8 December 2014 | by TheMarwoodSee all my reviews

The only thing surprising in The Guest is just how straight forward it is in its simple plotting. Everything unfolds in predictable fashion, but this B material is a fantastic showcase of wicked humor and misanthropic violence. Dan Stevens is in excellent form here, as a mysterious soldier who shows up unannounced at a family's home of a fallen soldier he served with. He's all smiles and very polite, but people with a usually negative connection with this family start meeting grisly ends. Like in his previous film You're Next, Adam Wingard approaches plotting you've seen a million times and wittily turns it on its ear without ever being too self aware. It's a shame Picturehouse who acquired the US rights dumped the film in a handful of theaters without trying to capitalize on the strong reviews and never bothered to expand it theatrically. The Guest is a quick fun time that knows exactly what it is and delivers without overstaying its welcome.

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