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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.

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Adam Wingard

Writer:

Simon Barrett
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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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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 »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guest 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, 21 September 2014

Gross USA:

$332,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,700,051
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The "Witness Elite 9mm" pistol is not a 9mm or a EAA Witness Elite - it's a Colt .45 ACP, both in appearance and construction. 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 Halloween (1978) See more »

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Obsidian
Written by Aaron David Ross
Performed by Gatekeeper
Published by Body Limits Music
Courtesy of Gatekeeper
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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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