Rating: 6.7/10 (58,222 votes) Director: Adam Wingard Writer: Simon Barrett Stars: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley Runtime: 100 min Rated: R Genre: Mystery, Thriller Released: 05 Sep 2014
Plot: 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.
If you thought You’re Next was a breath of fresh air to the horror genre, might I suggest that film’s director/writer combo’s follow-up, a twist on the action-thriller genre called The Guest. One part Terminator and one part classic John Carpenter, the film stars Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens as a creepy, potentially sinister war veteran who shows up unexpectedly at the home of one of his fellow soldiers, who died in battle. The family can’t decide if the titular guest’s intentions are good, bad, or a little bit of a both, but as far as the audience is concerned, this is a wildly entertaining riff on classic tropes, with a cheeky finale that’ll leave you smiling. So if you’re in the mood for something thrilling, a little scary, and a lot of fun, look no further. – Adam Chitwood