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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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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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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 »


In the beginning of the movie, when Mrs. Peterson invites David into the house, the first thing she asks him is, "So, are you sure I can't get you anything?" when the only thing she had previously asked him was "Would you like to come inside?" 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 »


Written by Ronny Moorings, Pieter Nooten, and Anka Wolbert
Performed by Clan of Xymox
Published by Universal Polygram
International Publishing Inc.
on behalf of Universal/Momentum Music Ltd. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Beggars Group
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Well worth the watch even despite some flaws!
17 January 2015 | by cells-215-900895See all my reviews

The acting is great, the soundtrack fantastic and the atmosphere the movie creates sucks you in from the very beginning. The movie keeps you guessing throughout at least for the first hour or so. You KNOW something is off but you have no idea what exactly. When I watched it my theory of what was going on changed every 10 minutes :D As the last reviewer stated the first hour is definitely the best part. Unfortunately towards the end the writers kind of dropped the ball. The ending is somewhat unsatisfactorily predictable and the story can only go the way it goes because of absolutely ridiculous mistakes made by some of the characters. I don't know why most movies foam in the endings but I guess in this case it is something that I'm very willing to endure for the fun I had during the first 2/3 of the film.

The acting is awesome for the most part. Dan Stevens does a great job keeping you on the edge the whole time which is utterly entertaining. The writing and dialogue are great except as mentioned above for the somewhat disappointing ending. But all in all this movie stuck with me and though it has been a couple of days since I watched it I still "feel" the atmosphere it created (to a great extend due to its unconventional soundtrack, which I eventually bought although it is generally not my kind of music at all). This is a very good movie and I am a little surprised that I basically had to stumble over it by accident and it hasn't gotten more publicity. If the ending had been a little different it could have been fantastic, none the less this way it is still great.

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