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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 (224 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford
  • Directors: Nick Tomnay
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (224 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051T47ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre and Oddly Hysterical September 27, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
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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27 of 29 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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10 of 12 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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12 of 15 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful mind meets, Jeffrey Dhammer October 7, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
David Hyde Pierce might just be the new Norman Bates. Another superb Indie flick that twists and turns and takes you on a ride.

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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12 of 16 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 Four Stars
Great flick
Published 1 day ago by K. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great plot twist from the beginning. David Hyde Pierce is very believable in this role.
Published 8 days ago by Deb L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Huh?
It didn't seem like a comedy.
Published 10 days ago by Mary Gehrke
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one!
It is such a freaky movie, David does a great job convincing you! There isn't another movie out there with this same plot!
Published 10 days ago by T Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A ROUSE!
I stopped watching this film when Hyde Pierce's character started showing John the black and white Super 8 video (you'll know why when you see it). Read more
Published 11 days ago by Bhakti Brophy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best exciting films you can get
One of the best exciting films you can get. David Hyde Pierce is absolutely perfect in this. I recommend this highly. You will want to watch it more than once. Read more
Published 13 days ago by mgreber
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
I loved this movie! David Hyde Pierce is amazing. I always loved him in "Frasier" and this movie shows just how talented he is with his ability to play a completely... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Kathy F.
5.0 out of 5 stars which is not an easy task. David Hyde Pierce plays his part so ...
Starts out slow but has enough twists and turns to keep it entertaining. This movie had me watching to the end, which is not an easy task. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Laura Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected surprise
I was surprised at how much I really liked this movie. I had always passed it by because of the description. It seemed to be a victim turns the tables on criminal thriller. Read more
Published 21 days ago by M. Mitchell
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