Since his departure from TV’s Downton Abbey, Dan Stevens has made quite a name for himself and shown his vast abilities. Firstly, in revenge thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones alongside Liam Neeson. Now, The Guest, one of the most-underrated films of the year, but one that is easily in our top five films of 2014.
The film sees a solider called David (Dan Stevens) introduce himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who recently died in action. Since his arrival - and welcome into their home - a series of deaths seem to be related to his presence.
It’s a masterful combination of mystery, thriller and horror. But, perfectly balanced with humour. Think the Terminator meets The Bourne Identity and you are on the right pitch of the film. Except it is not so much the terminator is attempting to kill you, but move in with you!
Directed by Adam Wingard, (You’re Next) and teamed with writer Simon Barrett, the film is a thrill-ride of suspense; dark humour and action. Presented with a Drive-esqe superb soundtrack, The Guest is retro-fitted to the stereotypical B-movie horrors of the 1980’s – yet, so much cooler.
Certainly, Dan Stevens’s performance is the main selling point. It’s hard for characters to resist his magnetism – until you see his Ice-Cube type intimidation stare. It is absolutely mesmerizing, and our most recommended film of the year.