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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

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He's here to help. 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 »

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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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Note how in most of his close-ups Dan Stevens doesn't blink. This is to emphasize the strange, unsettling aspect of "David". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

References The Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Anthonio (Berlin Breakdown Version)
Written by Richard Phillips, Hannah Robinson, and Annie (as Anna Lillia Berge Strand)
Performed by Annie
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
o/b/o Warner Chappell Music Publishing Ltd.,
Universal Polygram International Publishing, Inc.
on behalf of Native Songs Ltd. (ASCAP),
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) Courtesy of Black Melody Ltd.
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'80s nostalgia with modern visuals
24 December 2014 | by TranscendentalsSee all my reviews

It feels almost inaccurate to refer to this movie as The Guest when in reality it was entirely carried by a wonderful performance by Dan Stevens. I enjoyed it thoroughly, which isn't at all to say it's what I would normally call a good movie. The movie is highly campy, reminiscent of '80s-'90s action movies / thrillers, and Dan Stevens brings in an excellent all around tongue in cheek tough 80's anti-hero performance.

Stevens' acting is well matched by strong action that is to the point and not drawn out, as well as superbly chosen music, particularly in the climactic scenes.

For any gamers out there, if you enjoyed Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for the nostalgia and humor, you'll likely love this movie as much as I did.


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