I had dreaded watching last summer’s slasher-film, Your’re Next, by director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, but I was shocked by how much I ended up enjoying their unique and twisted spin on the genre. So I was excited to see the filmmaking duo’s latest effort, The Guest, and had big expectations for the new thriller. Unfortunately, this movie puts the “wack” in wacky and is an unwelcome entry into the horror/action mash-up genre.
I appreciate what Wingard and Barrett have attempted here, but their fast and loose story doesn’t know whether it is a comedy, a suspense-thriller, a horror film, or an action flick; and it doesn’t work as a fun cross-genre cocktail either (the way that You’re Next did.) When an anti-formula becomes your formula then you are going to have problems surprising your audience, and that’s the trap that these otherwise talented filmmakers have fallen into. Read the full story »