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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 (206 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 (206 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051T47ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,062 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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68 of 77 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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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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5 of 6 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very interesting and surprising movie. David Pierce shows us another side of his versatility as a actor.
Published 4 days ago by Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, David Hyde Pierce was excellent!!
Published 9 days ago by Marseillie Mc Nett
4.0 out of 5 stars though overall pretty good.
Quirky and different, though overall pretty good.
Published 15 days ago by Andres M Cardenas
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to immediatelywatch it again
Darkly humorous. Unexpected and very different. Kept my attention to the end. Had to immediately watch it again!
Published 18 days ago by Helen K
3.0 out of 5 stars Had to stop this movie
David Hyde Pierce is an incredibly under rated actor who deserves better material than this. I found it transparent and after a few minutes we move on to a different movie. Read more
Published 21 days ago by sunshine1949
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see.
This film is a perfect example of disturbing mental illness. It kept me captive from all angles. This tends to question, not only society as a whole, but involves the true... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Stephanie Lynn Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I Loved this movie! nice twists, some subtle humor, and the acting by Mr. Pierce is outstanding
Published 26 days ago by Mary K. Landry
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of blah
Not really what I wanted to watch...did not hold my interest.
Published 1 month ago by Debbi S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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