Forget the word heartthrob, because it’s got no place in Adam Wingard’s The Guest, which see’s Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as a quite, calculating psychopath who takes it on himself to torment a family beset by tragedy in this neo noir shocker.
The director-writer team of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (V/H/S, You’re Next) have crafted a very scary, twisted and complicated neo noir tale which finds an enigmatic stranger named David (Stevens), who returns to America and begins to terrorize the Paterson family, who lost their son in Afganistan, and who was with David when he died.
The new trailer showcases The Guest as a stylized and foreboding thriller, which in addition to being a slick neo noir shocker, has the raw heat and sexuality that is often seen in the Southern Gothic genre. The trailer also presents star Dan Stevens in a whole new light. He’s no heartthrob in this one, just a cold, calculating machine, complete with a pretty intense arsenal, and who looks to find enjoyment in the trouble he’ll unleash on this family and their town. There will be blood with this one.
While some critics will point to a comparison to ‘Drive’, in my opinion The Guest has the vibe of late 1970s to early 1980s action thriller/horror movies such as ‘Maniac Cop’, ‘Assault on Precinct 13’, and ‘The Exterminator’. It seems to have the same raw energy and edge that these movies had, where action propels the story to an often messy conclusion.
The Guest is one film which will certainly keep audiences guessing, and they’ll be bound to never look at Dan Stevens in the same way again.