Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The Perfect Host

The Perfect Host - Movie Review


I don't know if I had any expectations when I watched this movie, but it turned out to slide quite easily into my "instant classic" category. It's so weird and kinky and strange that you can't help but stare at the screen with a cheeky grin on your face.

Without giving away more than is necessary, a guy is injured. His foot is bleeding and he's running (limping) through the streets, ostensibly to give the slip to whoever was responsible for his foot injury. He bangs on a local door and asks for help. After failing to gain access, he tries another house. But he needs an IN. He snoops through the mailbox and finds a piece of mail addressed to the homeowner.   Pretending to know the homeowner by way of the name and return address on the letter, he knocks on the door. He starts with a basic, "Hey, man. How are you?  So-and-so said to drop by and say hi." David Hyde Pierce turns out to be the homeowner, and he graciously invites the man inside. Any friend of So-and-so's is a friend of mine! He tells the injured man that he's preparing for a dinner party, but that he can stay until the guests arrive (very basic summary of the story).

From there in, the viewer is in for an outrageous ride straight down the tubes of madness! It's like being in the chute of a water slide, but there may or may not be a fun pool of splashy water at the end of the ride.

This is one of those movies where you CANNOT predict what will happen. When I watch a movie, I can usually go two or three steps ahead and start predicting what will happen. This one must have caught me off-guard, because it came right out of left field. It's cultish and clever, and oh, so over-the-top!

If you read the reviews or story line on IMBD (by clicking on the image above), you might spoil it for yourself, so proceed with caution. Your best bet is to rent/buy this one; just sit back and relax, and let it take you there! Yow!

I give it a full 8 stars out of 10.





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