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.
[Spoilers] Dan Stevens is excellent in what is otherwise a disappointingly formulaic thriller, with a little of Pasolini's "Theorem" thrown in. I was hoping for a bigger "Cabin In The Woods"-style twist than was delivered, but it's still enjoyable thanks to Stevens's aw-shucks blue-eyed charm.
A delightfully vicious, funny film about a stranger named David who moves in with a family and, well, shit happens. Director Adam Wingard torpedoes all genre conventions whilst never forgetting to pay tribute to the great master John Carpenter. Is the conveniently simplistic plot besides the point? You betcha. It's still the coolest film of the year with the coolest soundtrack.