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The Perfect Host [Blu-ray]
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It did not disappoint. It's a very character-driven suspense story. Even if you figure out the first couple twists, you won't guess them all. This movie does not contain a lot of graphic violence; very important if you are like me and don't have a high tolerance for that.
For it's first two-thirds, HOST is almost existential. It revolves around bank robber John (Clayne Crawford) who seeks refuge in the house of unassuming Warwick (David Hyde Pierce), who turns out to be a lunatic. There's no mistaking it: this is Hyde Pierce's film, and for much of it he nimbly carries its weight on his unpredictable shoulders. Known for the straight-arrow role of Niles Crane on "Frasier," Pierce clearly has a ball slipping into Warwick's blood-soaked shoes, dancing and humping air and twisting about like a nine-year-old on an acid trip. He's utterly mesmerizing, switching from serious to hilarious with a snap of his fingers. More surprisingly, Crawford is a perfect match. He has some hilarious moments himself ("I can't speak for everyone else, but I'm having a great time"), but he's really meant to induce a sense of pathos, which he manages admirably. For a good part of the film, he's swooning in an alcoholic daze, and yet he still manages to be likeable and sympathetic. His role is rather thankless (Pierce is the star here), but Crawford doesn't seem to mind much.
If the film had remained with these two characters, inside Warwick's house, it would have been an easy 5 stars. Unfortunately, somebody somewhere must have expressed concerns about having a film revolving around one clearly unsympathetic character, and another who pushes the limits.Read more ›
Clayne Crawford, on the run for bank robbery, knocks on a suburban L.A. door and talks his way in. The owner, DHP, invites him to stay for dinner. Crawford soon tries to take control and terrorize DHP but, DHP turns the table and takes Crawford on the terror ride of his life.
Who remembers Helen Reddy ? Well she's the nosy neighbor who plays her part so well and tries to get involved.
I'm a big fan of Indie flicks as they rely more on the story and the characters as opposed to effects, egos and bank roll. This one delivers. The acting is top notch and DHP delivers a crazed character with a Niles Crane overtone and a Jeffrey Dhammer undertone that has you smiling at his antics when you know you shouldn't be.
Great movie which I recommend.
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If you haven't seen this movie,,,,, you've got to get it. I've probably watched it 100 times and will probably have to buy another one in the future. It's wear4ing out!Published 1 day ago by tanya zupancic
I love David Hyde Pierce and think him a terrific actor. Well, in this film he does not disappoint. This indie film was an entrant in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Read morePublished 14 days ago by lawyeraau
I was on the edge of my seat. Sometimes I had to walk away it scared me. Great movie very intense. Its a must watch all the way to the end.Published 1 month ago by Queen Bee
So unrealistic. Sure there were twists i didnt see coming but i was bored most of the movie. Also so unrealstic, especially the end.Published 2 months ago by mrose
David Hyde Pierce in the scariest role you never expected from him. Certainly isn't Frasier's brother in this one.Published 3 months ago by Bill
David Hyde Pierce is not in enough movies. He is great. This movie is fantastic. A new favorite. Everyone I have told about it, loves it.Published 3 months ago by Monica
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