The Guest

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.

First, a little backstory: The line for The Grand Budapest Hotel at SXSW was so insanely long that I wasn’t able to get into the screening. Like any good festival goer I was prepared with a backup so I slid into ‘The Guest’ not knowing what to expect. Wingard adopts a stylized approach to the film and crafted an 80’s style action thriller sure to please any movie buff a certain age. 

‘The Guest’ follows David (Dan Stevens) as he slowly immerses himself into the lives of the Peterson family. He claims to be a friend of their dead son and befriends each member of the family on their own terms. A series of mysterious deaths slowly reveals who, or what, David really is and the Peterson’s daughter grows suspicious. Overall, the movie is just good fun, with great actions scenes, a retro feel, and a score that rounds out the style in a way that I didn’t know I’d been missing. 

If you’re in the mood for a fun thriller then you’re gonna want to see this one.