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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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Laura Peterson
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Kristen
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Zeke
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Craig
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Mike
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Ian
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Mr. Lyles
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Higgings
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Fireman (as Matt Page)
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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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Be careful who you let in. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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5 September 2014 (UK)  »

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Gost  »

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Box Office

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$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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2.35 : 1
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Adam Wingard made a point of deliberately casting a left-field choice as David. English actor Dan Stevens easily fit that bill, being decidedly likeable and best known to American audiences for his appearance in the highbrow British soap, Downton Abbey (2010). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 You're Next (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Haunted When the Minutes Drag
Written by Daniel Gaston Ash, Kevin Michael Dompe, and David Jay
Performed by Love and Rockets
Published by Universal-Polygram Int. Publ., Inc.
on behalf of Universal/Momentum Music 3 Ltd. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Beggars Group
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Very amusing B material
8 December 2014 | by See 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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