After robbing the local bank, John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) is a man on the run and desperate to find solace in the home of Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce), a man he happened to select from random when roaming the lonely suburbs of Los Angeles. After sustaining an injury in the bank robbery, John’s troubles worsen upon finding out the house he’s infiltrated is owned by a man that may not be what he first appeared to be. A really interesting and standout thriller that was originally released in 2010 and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Director: Nick Tomnay
Writers: Nick Tomnay, Krishna Jones
Starring: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford
Catching movies on a whim often ends in bitter disappointment, but it’s fair to say The Perfect Host could be labeled as somewhat of a surprise package, after watching this recently. The 2010 release manages to effortlessly combine a multitude of genres while telling a refreshingly unique story at the same time. Some have labelled this one as a thriller (with elements of a horror), while others have even classified this as a comedy -one thing is for sure, it certainly includes components of each.
Aside from the uniqueness of the story, one of the primary strengths would have to be the constant stream of twists and turns that were presented to the viewer – some would argue that these were a little excessive, but for me, they seemed easy to comprehend and they were executed well enough to keep your interest. Something else that stood out to me was the way in which the filmmakers managed to successfully execute the ending of the picture. Not all films, especially films of this nature, have satisfying endings, but I felt The Perfect Host had just that.
In terms of the cast, the two men responsible for spearheading the film were Clayne Crawford and David Hyde Pierce, both seemed extremely suited to their roles and the pair certainly had more than enough on-screen chemistry to keep attention spans for the entire ninety-three-minute runtime. One thing I did notice, however, was Clayne Crawford’s likeness to Ray Liotta – something picked up on in various other reviews I read after concluding the movie.
Elsewhere, there was a pretty extensive support cast, but none of whom demanded much screen time at all. Joseph Will starred as Detective Valdez, while Nathaniel Parker adopted the role of Detective Morton. The pair were more prominent as the film reached its climax and had little-to-no screen time in the earlier stages of the movie. Others included Tyrees Allen and Cooper Barnes, along with Annie Campbell and Indira G. Wilson, who adopted the roles of partygoers.
All in all, I’m not one hundred percent sure whether The Perfect Host should be labelled as a must watch, nor will the twists and turns blow your mind, but it was definitely an enjoyable experience and an equally refreshing one too. A film I’d certainly recommend.
“You’re my guest. And I’m glad you’re here. But you have no one but yourself to blame.”Warwick Wilson – The Perfect Host