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The Perfect Host

4.2 out of 5 stars 395 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • 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 (395 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051T47ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Perfect Host" on IMDb

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By Lawrence J. Ukolowicz on 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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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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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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...and landed in Suburbia planning a dinner party. Unfortunately, the poor criminal didn't know what he was getting himself into when he selected THAT house. As many of the reviewers have said, "strange" or "weird" are adjectives that would describe this film, because of so many unexpected twists, turns and visuals. Just when you think you've seen it all, something new and unexpected happens. Certainly not a feel-good movie; rather, more like finally stepping off a roller coaster when the credits roll and you can finally let your pulse come back down to normal. So, good, suspenseful but rather gruesome plot with many twists, great acting by both of the main characters. Just don't watch it before tucking yourself into bed for a good night's sleep. Warwick, Nurse Ratchet thinks you were discharged too soon.
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This one is too good and David Hyde Pierce will just mesmerize you. Everyone else plays their part to perfection. If you want to see a movie for it's twists and turns and just great story telling and acting, this is the one for you. See the other reviews if you want to get some idea of the plot but if you like surprises, just watch it. You won't be disappointed. Highly recommended.
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A shockingly good movie, The Perfect Host is a breakout hit whose plot is unlike anything in your DVD collection! David Hyde Pierce takes Niles to a very dark place, coming out of nowhere and really putting the THRILL in thriller! No unnecessary gore or easily anticipated "scary moments" like most horror movies have, The Perfect Host is a five star, fantastically well acted film that's not too scary but with it's unexpected plot twists means getting up for even a second will have you lost for the rest of the movie! So get a snack and a drink, settle in and enjoy an electrifying psycho-thriller few have heard about and even fewer own! ...Anyone can buy the latest release of "I Know What You Did Friday on Elm Street with your Saw part 13", but only a true connoisseur will own The Perfect Host!
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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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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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