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The Perfect Host (2011)

David Hyde Pierce , Clayne Crawford , Nick Tomnay  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford
  • Directors: Nick Tomnay
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment / Mongrel Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051T47ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Perfect Host" on IMDb

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Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor is a career criminal. He's just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick's doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who's been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the
lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances
can be. With outstanding performances by David Hyde Pierce and Clayne Crawford, cowriter/director Nick Tomnay takes us on a suspense-filled ride where nothing is as it seems. THE PERFECT HOST is a slippery psychological thriller that exposes true human nature and reveals just how far we're willing to go to satisfy our needs.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre and Oddly Hysterical September 27, 2011
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I think I am still in shock over this one. David Hyde Pierce is astounding in this very unorthodox role of madness. This movie is so psychotically delicious, it borders on "The Twilight Zone" meets "Sybil". I found myself laughing out of total fear of the incredulousness and depravity of the host. I did NOT see the ending coming or even imagine it to end the way it did. The movie works on several levels, from the civility of human compassion to the intrinsically evil darkness of insanity. This movie is a must see for those looking for just plain "bizarre". This one had me thinking about it several days after watching it and when a movie does that to me, then my appetite for wanting 'something different in a movie' is complete. Get ready for one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride. Mr. Pierce, WOW.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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This movie will never, ever play anywhere near me, so I was pretty excited to see that Amazon had it available for download at the same time it is being released in the theatre.
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.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Host-not a comedy-strange but enjoyable. October 18, 2011
I am not a fan of Strange movies but The Perfect Host with it's surprising twist and ending which you could have not seen coming seems to be a must watch just for the story alone and why Looks can be deceiving,a Victim turns the tables and it is one long strange and at times amusingly funny but yet sad situation after another.I highly recommend it,In the End,it is the most enjoyable and not sickening at all.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Anyone could logically give this movie one star or five. It was a low budget limited release movie that came out in video at about the same time. The character Warrick played by David Pierce fits the part just right. And paraphrasing one reviewer, who stated; "you might guess one or two of the twists but you will NOT guess them all or the ending". The acting and the story would fit a Hitchcock movie or be labeled as a dark mystery or even as a dark comedy but it keeps the viewer wondering what is going to happen next, or who Warrick really is! I watched in on Netflix and might have bought it but nobody around me had the video. LOOK FOR IT AND WATCH IT!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! October 8, 2011
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This movie is awesome! My husband and I had high expectations for this movie and they were greatly exceeded. Anyone who enjoys a good black comedy should definitely see this one!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Lighten up, John, it's a party!" October 9, 2011
Few movies successfully manage to combine horror and comedy, probably because the two are such perfect companions, people tend to over-think it. Not so with Nick Tomnay's THE PERFECT HOST. The film is laugh-out-loud hilarious in spots, while in others it is genuinely disturbing.

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.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the finest bat$#%! insanity to ever be filmed August 31, 2011
Films with a twist are a strange animal, aren't they? Certain filmmakers have made a career out of it like Christopher Nolan and M. Night Shyamalan while films like Oldboy and The Usual Suspects completely rely on a twist to give everything a bit of a deeper meaning. But when does it become too much? If a film has more than one twist is it overkill? What about the ones with several? Getting tangled up in swerve after swerve probably isn't a good idea. That's one of the reasons most people hated Basic. Maybe it's a guilty pleasure of mine, but I almost always enjoy a movie with a good twist or two in it. And frankly, The Perfect Host is unlike anything the films it may share traits with.

Everything seems like an open and shut case as the movie begins. John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) just robbed a bank and is looking for a sanctuary of sorts to take cover in until the heat blows over. He stumbles onto the home of Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce), which happens to be a rather extravagant home. Warwick is preparing for a dinner party and eventually lets John in after John convinces him that he's a friend of a friend. Push comes to shove and suddenly Warwick is up to speed and John now has the upper hand. But things aren't always what they seem and it just so happens that John walked right into Warwick's trap. The night only gets stranger and stranger for John as Warwick's insanity takes center stage.

The movie is mainly a cat and mouse game between John and Warwick. John Taylor initially comes off as a selfish, despicable lowlife but there's actually a pretty interesting back story to him. Warwick's story is just as interesting. He's classy, quirky, and charming in an awkward kind of way. He has this Jack Torrance quality to him that draws you to his character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars thriller!
creepy thriller -- quite the departure for "Dr. Niles Crane" -- be prepared to pay attention to the details of this sleeper movie!
Published 8 days ago by C. Bear
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
This movie is a some kind of interesting,a slow motion but is going to keep you watching, is not that good but is worth watching.
Published 8 days ago by 2nick
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindbender
This movie will make you reconsider robbing a bank AND/OR going through somebody's mailbox. Great Job David Hyde Pierce. I will never accept a dinner invite from you now!
Published 10 days ago by BobbyVegas
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns galore
David Hyde Pierce, whom I adored in the TV series "Frasier" as the Daphne-obsessed younger brother, shows his acting chops in this bizarre, unpredictable, funny, horrific film... Read more
Published 10 days ago by lonebeaut
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This movie keeps you wondering with lots of twists and turns. Some very good writers put this together and I've been recommending it to others.
Published 11 days ago by Janice Velli
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy?
One of the best films I have ever seen. If you like a really dark comedy, you have to see this!
Published 12 days ago by Glenn Hanseler
4.0 out of 5 stars suspenseful and oddly shocking
Interesting movie. Sure don't expect what happens to happen. You think one way but the movie goes the other! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun! Dark.
David Hyde Pierce is fantastic in this film(the words bizarre and delightfully creepy come to mind)... it does require some suspension of disbelief, but that's what movies are for! Read more
Published 12 days ago by xiolababs
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Host?
A totally strange story but surprisingly drew me in to the end. If you can forget reality and get yourself into an abstract mindset, you may enjoy this movie.
Published 16 days ago by Linda L. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a sleeper, this should become a cult fave. Brilliant and...
I was already used to David Pierce as Frazier's neurotic brother, but this movie took it over the top. It was impossible to keep up with the twists. Read more
Published 18 days ago by dlrife1965
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