Update from editor Peter Sciretta: The following review was published by Germain Lussier on January 19th 2014 from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The movie is out in theaters this week:
The films by director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett always have one thing in common. They are obviously influenced by an intense passion for movies, but are not overtly obvious about referencing those movies. In that sense, The Guest might feel like something you’ve seen before. It’s got the basic feel of a stalker film from the late ’80s or early ’90s, but filtered through the action of Quentin Tarantino, the music of John Carpenter, the ideas of James Cameron and almost too many others to mention. There’s action, sci-fi, horror, comedy… you name it, this movie has it. The result is a fresh, fun film that crescendos from title to credits with suspense, laughs and violence. Read More »
The I Saw the Devil remake is on. Almost a year after we heard two producers boarded the project, a new report says they’ve found their creative team. The team behind You’re Next and The Guest, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, are on board to write and direct the American remake of the 2010 Kim Jee-woon revenge thriller. Read More »
This Wednesday, September 17, one of the coolest films of the year is coming to select theaters. That movie is The Guest, the latest film from the team behind You’re Next, and it is a “fun ’80s throwback with sci-fi and stalker sprinkles on top.” That’s what I said at Sundance, where the film premiered. Now, nine months later, you can finally see what all the fuss is about.
Directed by Adam Wingard, The Guest stars Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens as a soldier returning home for war. He visits the family of a fallen comrade hoping to help them deal with their grief, but he has some more sinister, ulterior motives. Along the way, the whole film feels like a blend of John Carpenter, James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and more. You can read my full review here and, below, we’ve got the exclusive debut of two very cool alternative posters for the film. Read More »
There’s a fun, exciting, kinetic action movie opening next month called The Guest. Written by Simon Barrett and directed by Adam Wingard (the guys behind You’re Next), The Guest stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as a recently discharged soldier who visits the family of one of his fallen comrades. It’s a nice gesture and things start off well enough. Slowly, however, it becomes very obvious this guy is not who he seems. A trail of violence follows in his path and eventually the family will come to realize the truth about their son and their guest.
The Guest opens September 17. While a teaser trailer was out earlier this summer, now the full one is out. Watch The Guest trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
Dan Stevens made his name as a lovable sweetheart on Downton Abbey, but now he’s taking a turn for the dark and sinister in The Guest. Written by Simon Barrett and directed by Adam Wingard, the thriller stars Stevens as a soldier who shows up unannounced at the family home of a fallen soldier.
He claims to have been with their son when he died, and the family welcomes him into their home. But it’s not long before suspicious things start to happen. Watch the first The Guest trailer after the jump.
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The genre-bending ’80s-influenced action film The Guest will hit theaters this fall. Picturehouse has picked up rights to distribute the Sundance hit, directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett and starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens. You can read our full review from Sundance here and the full press release below. Read More »
A family mourns the loss of their fallen soldier son. They find solace when a mysterious stranger, a fellow soldier and friend of their son, comes to visit. And if this was a movie by a normal set of filmmakers, we’d have a pretty good idea of what happens next. Coming from You’re Next team of director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, however, who the hell knows?
The film is called The Guest and it’ll have its world premiere Friday at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Dan Stevens, of Downton Abbey fame, stars as the titular character. He’s not the one on this bright, evocative Eighties surfer-inspired poster. One we’re proud to exclusively debut. Read More »
The actors in Joe Swanberg‘s movies have, at times, been friends of his in filmmaking, just as he has acted in other directors’ films. For 24 Exposures, Swanberg has Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett in front of the lens — they’re the director/writer pair who are responsible for films such as You’re Next and A Horrible Way To Die, and parts of V/H/S and V/H/S/2. (Swanberg has acted for Wingard before, in You’re Next, and they’ve acted for him in his segment for V/H/S.)
The plot is right out of a Euro-sleaze as “A fetish photographer and a homicide detective are brought together when a young model turns up dead.” Check out a trailer below. Read More »
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We saw a red-band trailer not long ago, and now there’s an all-ages look at the film. This one is good for those who don’t want to see too much of the film’s gore before sitting down to the actual movie. The beats in this trailer are pretty similar, but because it can’t go all-out with the nasty stuff, there’s a restraint with respect to spoilers. If you just want to get a basic idea about the film, this one is the way to go. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Anthologies of any kind run the risk of unevenness, just because they’re composed of so many disparate parts. But the red-band trailer for V/H/S/2, at least, looks consistently terrifying. It’s two minutes of great, gory scares, with tons of blood and a smattering of nudity — which means, yes, that it’s very much NSFW. Watch at your own risk, and get an eyeful of some new pics, after the jump.
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