THE PERFECT HOST Add To My Top 10

Everyone for Himself

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Release Date: June 30, 2011

Starring: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker, Helen Reddy

Genre: Comic Thriller

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 93 minutes

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Director: Nick Tomnay

Executive Producer: Martin Zoland

Producer: Stacey Testro, Mark Victor

Writer: Nick Tomnay, Krishna Jones

Address Comments To:

Bill Banowski, CEO, Magnolia Pictures (Magnet Releasing)
1614 West 5th St.
Austin, TX 78703
Eamon Bowles, President, Magnolia Pictures (Magnet Releasing)
43 West 27th St., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 924-6701; Fax: (212) 924-6742
Website: www.magpictures.com; Email: info@ magpictures.com

Content:

(HHH, LLL, VVV, S, N, AA, DD, MM) Very strong humanist worldview where the characters are out for themselves and feel no problem duping others to get their way; at least 60 obscenities and profanities; some very strong, intense violence includes man runs with hurt foot, foot has graphic cut on it, it’s implied that man burns bad cut with hot fire poker, punching, clubbing, fighting, serial killer involved in plot, bloody scene where man repeatedly stabs himself with knife that turns out to be collapsible and man has used false makeup; quick flashback shows the robber in a bathtub with his wife, with nudity implied but not shown and the man speaking seductively; upper male nudity and implied nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness, plus man appears drunk; no smoking but man is drugged; and lying, deceit, robbery, corrupt police official, major character turns out to be delusional in an evil way, cheating.


Summary:

THE PERFECT HOST is a darkly comic thriller about a bank robber who stumbles into the wrong house, occupied by a delusional serial killer. THE PERFECT HOST is almost a perfectly executed little thriller, but there’s plenty of foul language, some very strong violence, brief innuendo, and all of the characters are pretty disreputable, so extreme caution is advised.


Review:

THE PERFECT HOST is a darkly comic thriller that’s surprisingly well produced; so well done, that it probably deserves much better than its highly limited theatrical release and life on DVD and On Demand. It depicts its numerous twists and occasionally violent turns with a restraint that’s tasteful by most modern thriller standards. Extreme caution is still warranted, however.
David Hyde Pierce, the Emmy and Tony-winning actor most famous for playing the effete psychologist Niles on the long-running classic sitcom FRASIER, headlines the movie as a middle-aged man named Warwick. Warwick appears to be an upper crust, mild-mannered homeowner preparing for a dinner party when an on-the-lam bank robber named John appears unexpectedly at his doorstep. Warwick figures out John is lying to him about knowing a female friend and is in fact merely hiding out from police for the night. So, Warwick turns the tables and drugs John, taking him hostage amid the party – which is in fact an elaborate delusion in Warwick’s mind, with all the guests being prior victims of this serial killer.
This sets the stage for a thriller in which the two men play mind games with each other. Meanwhile, Warwick’s elderly woman neighbor can’t quite place why things seem strange between the men. The closing 20 minutes reveal that the movie actually has far more tricks up its sleeve and that nothing has been what it appeared to be…all without using any cheap tricks or leaving the viewer feeling duped in any way.
The performance by Pierce is superb, especially as his deepening layers keep getting revealed. The rest of the cast is composed of unknown veteran straight-to-DVD actors, including Clayne Crawford as John, but Crawford in particular exudes plenty of talent and charisma that merit a major career breakthrough. Writer-director Nick Tomnay pulled off this impressive movie in just 17 days, leaving one to imagine what he will be able to pull off with more time and money in the future.
THE PERFECT HOST is almost a perfectly executed little thriller, but there’s plenty of strong foul language and some very strong intense violence and light risqué elements. Also, all the characters are out for themselves and feel no problem duping others to get their way. So, extreme caution is advised.


In Brief:

THE PERFECT HOST is a darkly comic thriller about a bank robber who stumbles into the wrong house, occupied by a delusional serial killer. Warwick appears to be an upper crust, mild-mannered homeowner preparing for a dinner party when an on-the-lam bank robber, John, appears unexpectedly at his doorstep. Warwick figures out John is lying to him about knowing a female friend and is merely hiding out from police. Eventually, Warwick turns the tables on John, taking him hostage amid the party, which is in fact an elaborate delusion in Warwick’s mind, with all the guests being prior victims of this serial killer. More plot twists follow.
THE PERFECT HOST is very well produced and acted. David Hyde Pierce as Warwick is superb. Clayne Crawford as John has enough charisma to make this a breakout role for him. THE PERFECT HOST is almost a perfectly executed little thriller, but there’s plenty of strong foul language and some very strong intense violence and brief innuendo. Also, all the characters are out for themselves and feel no problem duping others to get their way. So, extreme caution is advised for THE PERFECT HOST.