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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 (189 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 (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051T47ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,127 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 55 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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66 of 75 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 28 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 11 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 14 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
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE NILES YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW January 10, 2013
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All I can say is WOW, Niles really turned the table on the type of actor he normally is. He is a pure psyco on this. The movie was tense and it was funny. The ending - had me rooting for Niles even though I should not have been rooting for him. Watch it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie December 16, 2012
This was a great psychological thriller with twists and turns that kept me engaged from beginning to end. This is the type of movie that lets you know early on what is happenening and where the story will be headed, yet manages to keep the viewer engagaed by throwing in some unexpected detours. The script also mainatins a consistent sense of tension and suspense.

David Hyde Pierce shows a side of his acting ability that I have never seen before and does a fantastic job going against the comedic roles he is best known for to create a creepy, psychotic character. The acting, all around, is superb and helps to kep the feeling of suspense high.
There are some elements of dark humor thrown in which I felt made the film more interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Go ahead, you know you want to.
Quite the tricky little film.....great flick. A must see if you like a creepy suspense kinda movie.
Published 7 days ago by Darin Elquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Niles goes out on his own!!
"Niles" was great in this movie. Last 15 minutes was great.
Published 7 days ago by Roy Junior Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Dark Comedy
A dark, twist-filled comedy that shows off the range of the criminally underrated David Hyde Pierce to great advantage. Read more
Published 8 days ago by BurghLady
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Fun
Excellent acting and plot twists! David Hyde Pierce was his usual amazing self, and loved seeing Helen Reddy! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Antonine K
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible movie.
Published 11 days ago by Wesley D. Oden
5.0 out of 5 stars Niles Crane gone BAD!
This isn't your average Niles Crane!!! He may seem mild mannered, but I would definitely turn down his offer of "I'd like to have you for dinner! Read more
Published 13 days ago by Valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
this movie had twists to it that i did not expect! it was so entertaining to watch a movie i didn't figure out halfway through
Published 24 days ago by cindi
4.0 out of 5 stars More twists than Lombard Street
Surprisingly good thriller that is impossible to predict. Awesome plot that twists right up to the last scene. David Hyde Pierce is perfect in this role, Niles he's not. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Ron Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
It's free on Prime and still not worth watching. It's an interesting premise that goes downhill after the first 15 minutes.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Querky
This movie is a bit off the beaten path. There are a number of unusual twists and turns to this movie. I rated it with 4 stars because it was free on Amazon Prime. Read more
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