The Guest is easily one of the best times you’ll have in a theater this year. It’s funny, full of action, smart, and extremely stylish. Three years ago I wouldn’t have thought Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey would be a contender as an action star/serious badass, but I would have been wrong. He’s on fire here (as you can probably tell by the film’s trailer). So are director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S/2, You’re Next), who continue to mine the genre field and find interesting ways to make their material relatable and exciting.
I recently sat down with Wingard and Barrett to talk about the film. I should note that I’ve interviewed the duo many times in the past, so I wanted to go a little bit off the beaten path with my questions here and focus solely on aspects of The Guest (and their career) that we hadn’t discussed before. I also tried to dig a bit into what they’re next project is, but that question was answered far more successfully yesterday. Hit the jump to check out the interview (and be sure to read Matt’s review). The film also stars Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer, and Lance Reddick. The Guest opens in U.S. theaters tomorrow, September 17th.