"Fuck the story. 80s music. References. References. Blood, violence. Dan Stevens. Homage. 80s music. Explosion/something cool. Dan Stevens. Bad taste on purpose. Style. Style. Style." it doesn't work often with many movies but why i feel so satisfied until the end?
My favorite line was "Bring a knife to school. If they take it off you and beat you up, you go around their houses at night and burn them down with their families inside. What's the worst they can do?" Always good advice. The soundtrack sounded like it was from a bad porno movie from the 80's. What is up with the retro muzak?
Wingard and Barrett turn in another 80's genre piece that's painstakingly accurate, for better and for worse. Clichés, clumsy exposition and laughable acting are laid on thick, though that's arguably part of the charm. Where the filmmakers truly shine however is in creating memorable moments -- with careful music choices, lighting and atmosphere. Dan Stevens' performance is frightening and charismatic.
A lot of fun. An exciting mash-up of 80s horror, action, and even teen comedy tropes. It begins feeling a little unsure, but quickly finds its footing. Genuine laughs, a (mostly) solid cast, high kill count, and a pulsating score amount to quite an entertaining little film. Wingard and Barrett have a long way to go, though, as the ending comes apart at the seams and scene after scene takes the easy way out.
80's style action homage from director Wingard and writer Simon Barrett that is styled and cut like a horror film right down to it's Carpenter like score. Stevens and Monroe are well cast here. After 'Horrible Way to Die' and 'You're Next', Wingard is quickly emerging as a new genre auteur. Young Monroe, along with her turn in 'It Follows', brings a modern female sensibility to a once tired genre.
While I have to express disappointment that the filmmakers behind "You're Next" once again took the easy route and traded in any subtlety for a high body count in the third act...I was nonetheless seduced by the film's update on the "Teorema"/"Visitor Q" formula, not to mention Dan Stevens' star-making performance (as charismatic as he is terrifying) and the airy, Eighties synth-music score.
Much like Wingard's You're Next was to horror, The Guest is a tongue-in-cheek throwback to the action flicks of yesteryear. While it feels disposable in the way that's it's fun and nothing more, one can say it's recyclable by taking many of the good components of the 1980's aesthetic and creating a stylized, non-trashy homage. Dan Stevens dialogue delivery and charm is also one of the film's strengths.