Starring a bloke from that programme I’ve never watched (Downton Abbey) and that girl from It Follows, The Guest is an uneven but somewhat enjoyable slice of daft action nonsense.
The Downton Abbey bloke, David, arrives at the home of the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their soldier son who died in action. They tentatively welcome this complete stranger into the home they share with their hot teenage daughter Anna and youngest son, Luke. Hilarity does not ensue. As everyone apart from ma and pa Peterson would expect, David isn’t quite what he seems. Anna is suspicious of their new house guest, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it.
The Guest begins well, and seems to take itself just about the right level of seriously but as it goes on, the tone shifts and it gets pretty silly. It’s one of those where you’ll be shouting at the screen horror-movie-style: “no, don’t go in there!”. That said, there’s a likeable cast, there’s a great 80s style synth soundtrack and the guy from Downton is having so much fun that it’s hard not to be swept along. He’s got a pretty decent bod, too.
I also really liked the scene in the school, perhaps because anything involving a hall of mirrors always reminds me of the iconic scene from Orson Welles’ The Lady From Shanghai…
Clip includes SPOILERS for The Lady From Shanghai
OK, where was I? Right, yeah well The Guest is quite good fun, if silly. The major silliness comes towards the end by which point I’m all Liz Lemon…
Score: a hokey but fun 6.5/10