By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Dan Stevens continues to show his range (not to mention his spot-on American accent) post-“Downton Abbey” with a chilling performance as a mysterious stranger who befriends a grieving Texas family in “The Guest.”
The suspense thriller from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is available Tuesday, Jan. 6 in a Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD and DigitalHD with Ultraviolet.
Directed by Adam Wingard from a script penned by Simon Barrett, the filmmaking team behind the award-winning modern horror tale “You’re Next,” “The Guest” is an eerie tale about a drifter with a deadly past.
Stevens transforms himself from Edwardian gentleman to ripped modern warrior alongside a cast including Maika Monroe (“Labor Day”), Sheila Kelley (“Lost”), Leland Orser (“Taken”) and Lance Reddick (“John Wick”).
Filled with dark humor and explosive violence, “The Guest” Blu-ray Combo Pack includes behind-the-scenes bonus features that unravel the secrets of this unpredictable thrill ride.
Recently discharged from the military, David Collins (Stevens) unexpectedly shows up at the Peterson family’s doorstep, claiming to be their late son’s Army buddy. Welcomed into their home, the well-mannered stranger becomes part of the family until a shocking wave of violence raises daughter Anna’s (Monroe) suspicions that the mysterious ex-soldier is not quite what he seems. As his story becomes more suspect, David’s well-honed survival instinct kicks in and no one is safe.
There is a short but interesting Q&A with Stevens in the bonus features and a commentary with director Wingard and writer Barrett.