If you’re like me, you’ve probably scoured the internet recently for every horror writer’s top 10 best [and worst] genre films of 2014, in hopes of finding some flicks that slipped through the cracks. This has been a pretty busy movie-watching year for me, so for the most part I’ve seen every one listed in both the best and worst categories. The one film that seems to be unanimously on everyone’s best list is Adam Wingard’s action-packed thriller, The Guest… and I have to say, I agree!
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.
After already teaming up successfully numerous times, the writer/director team of Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard have done it again! At this point in time, I think it is safe to say that it is actually harder for these guys to make a bad film than it is for them to make a great one. The Guest has everything a genre movie fan needs in order to have a great time — suspense, tons of action, plenty of that red stuff, and even a little nudity.
Like Wingard and Barrett’s previous outing, You’re Next, everything about this film is extremely well thought out and executed brilliantly. The cinematography is beautiful, the acting is amazing, the special effects are perfect, and even the soundtrack is highly effective. The duo really did not miss a beat this time around.
Lead by Dan Stevens as David and Maika Monroe as Anna, the cast of The Guest all did a wonderful job. Stevens was outstanding as the surprise stranger who is extremely polite and helpful around the Peterson house, who also happens to be one of the best movie badasses of 2014. I’m not kidding when I say that for the entire first 2/3’s of the film, I was wishing I could be like ‘David.’ The only reason why I stopped wanting to be like him is because he started doing some pretty crazy things, managing to make him even more badass, but also a little psychotic.
If you love films that blur the lines between genres and styles, this is the one for you. There is action, comedy, suspense, horror, and even a little science fiction thrown into the mix and all are done very well. The Guest is at the top of many “best of 2014” lists for great reason. Purchase a copy on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on January 6, 2015, and let me know what you think.
I give this film 5 mix CDs out of 5.