This afternoon I’ll be sitting down for about 99 minutes to watch Adam Wingard‘s The Guest, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to glowing reviews, played the South by Southwest Film Festival and will also have a place in the Toronto Film Festival before Picturehouse releases it in theaters on September 17.
The only other feature film of Wingard’s I’ve seen (at least one where he didn’t direct merely a segment, such as V/H/S) was You’re Next and it sounds like this one is going to ratchet up the intensity as that film was largely a tongue-in-cheek riff on home invasion thrillers.
The Guest stars Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) as a soldier who 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. Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer and Lance Reddick co-star.
I’ve included the trailer directly below along with a few more pictures from the movie. I’ll be saving my review to post during the Toronto Film Festival as this is only one of the Toronto films I’ll be able to see before the festival, giving me more time to see even more movies.