The Guest, 2014 – ★★★★

As it seems like all of Horror twitter is talking about The Guest this week I thought it finally time to spin it up and press play. Stylish, atmospheric, and sexy, The Guest plays with your expectations of what it ought to be by giving you what you think you want, I mean, who doesn’t want to see a warrior go to town on your high school bullies. In doing so it makes us complicit, because even as the facade falls away, we still want to like the man we have assumed is our protagonist. The final act set in a school dance’s haunted maze is everything here, and what crosses the genre into a slasher movie finale. Superb performances across the board, with my only complaint being that we see any of the “outsiders” before their arrival. Had we stayed entirely within the Peterson family point of view the entire time this would’ve been a masterpiece.

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