Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor is a career criminal. He’s just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick’s doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who’s been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances can be.
With outstanding performances by David Hyde Pierce and Clayne Crawford, cowriter/director Nick Tomnay takes us on a suspense-filled ride where nothing is as it seems. The Perfect Host is a slippery psychological thriller that exposes true human nature and reveals just how far we’re willing to go to satisfy our needs. —Sundance Film Festival
Great indie thriller with a fun/disturbing turn from Hyde Pearce. The script is taut and keeps you interested until the last frame. Admittedly, the focus of the story shifts after the hour mark and where it will take you will demand a bit of your good will towards the movie. Personally I though the third reel worked like a charm and really brought the absurd quality of the script to fruition. Check it out!
For the first hour or so, a taut two-hander that mostly plays out on one set, with David Hyde Pierce giving one of his best performances. Problem is, the director/co-writer gives this one too many twists, which ends up robbing it of some of its power. Still, fun for anyone that likes Hitchcockian thrillers.