A world apart from the tweedy charms of Downton’s Cousin Matthew, Dan Stevens goes ballistic as a psycho killer who comes to stay with a grieving New Mexico family in The Guest, a slick, suspenseful, explosively exciting, darkly comic psycho thriller. Declaring himself a comrade of their dead soldier son, he seems the perfect houseguest. Yet as his secrets slowly emerge, the neighbourhood’s body count rises… This is a hugely enjoyable throwback to 1980s horror thrillers, with a heavily signposted Halloween setting, a doomy synth-laden score and even a deliriously over-the-top climax in a fun-house hall of mirrors. But the film’s ace is undoubtedly Stevens, American accent and sinister smirk perfectly in place, and deploying dangerous blue-eyed cool to lethal effect.
Certificate 15. Runtime 100 mins. Director Adam Wingard.
Released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download by Icon Film Distribution.
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