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When a single dad rents the GUEST HOUSE of a wealthy bachelor, he soon discovers his new landlord’s generosity does not come without a price.::Anonymous

Also Known As: The Guest House

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  • fatih-sezer
    fatih sezer

    The bad acting turned me off, but I gave it a chance until the dog was beaten to death.

  • heikki-makkonen
    heikki makkonen

    What they did to the dog was completely uncalled for and ruined the entire movie. UNACCEPTABLE

  • sebastian-carreras-campoy
    sebastian carreras campoy

    Must be a lot of haters out there. This film was totally original, great idea, script and acting. No wonder it’s won so many awards. I give a 10, not compared to 100 million dollar films, but compared to indie films. This is a great film.

  • dominic-brown
    dominic brown

    The acting is so bad and the straight guy is so unappealing, it’s almost like this is a joke prank of a movie. I can’t even.

  • dr-szabone-takacs-margit
    dr szabone takacs margit

    Was drawn into seeing ‘The Guest House’ with a cool poster/cover, an slightly intriguing but very derivative premise and as someone with a general appreciation for horror. That it was low-budget, which from frequent personal experience is rarely a good sign due to that there are so many poor ones out there, made me though apprehensive. ‘The Guest House’ is sadly however yet another film seen recently, hence some reiteration because the exact same strengths and flaws those films are present here, that to me was incredibly disappointing considering its potential which it doesn’t do anywhere near enough with. As a film it’s weak, with a plethora of problems (huge ones too) and doesn’t do enough with its potential, which was hardly small. There is very little good about itLets start with the positives. The scenery is atmospheric and spooky.Although most of it looks schlocky, some of the shots look decent. The start intrigues somewhat, shame the rest of the film completely goes downhill and never recovers.Unfortunately, the story does feel paper thin, disjointed and over-stretched and some of it feels vague, under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less scary. Too many characters are too sketchy and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them. Their annoying and illogical decision making and behaviours frustrates.Making the film feel bland and forgettable with not enough heart put into it. The effects are ropy at best, the sound quality is obvious and utilised cheaply (being too loud in the build ups and people’s reactions) and it’s best not mentioning the uniformly lumbering and histrionic acting.Dialogue can be stilted and rambling, with lots of clichés and no depth whatsoever, while the pace goes to a standstill very quickly and drags on forever with very little going on worth caring about, never recovering. Found too many the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or scary and the supposedly creepy atmosphere dreary, due to the excessive obviousness, a lot of dumb and vague moments and explanations and the lack of tension and suspense. Would not have minded the lack of originality (the film is extremely derivative and in a dumbed and watered down way) if the story and atmosphere were at least alright in execution, in reality they were both dreadfully done. Not to mention a whole novel’s worth of inconsistencies and continuity errors and a structure so aimless and confused it renders some of the film incoherent.There are a good deal of underdeveloped plot elements and often nonsensical and confusing character motivations, while too many of the things to make you jump or shocked are far from creative or scary and are pretty tame. The ending can be seen from miles away and is so ludicrous that the viewer’s intelligence is insulted.There is not enough threat here and what there is of it tends to be used poorly, it is completely unimaginative, very repetitive and more odd than creepy, completely failing to show any sense of horror and resorting to cheap typical horror tropes. Some badly sagging momentum too. The direction is leaden, inexperience seems to be all over the film, and the music doesn’t really fit. There is no creativity or anything shocking.In summation, weak. 3/10 Bethany Cox

  • pavle-kirkitaze
    pavle kirkitaze

    I saw this film in a theater in Hollywood. It was a festival screening. I really enjoyed it. The plot always twisted in an unexpected direction. Unusually entertaining.

  • phanourios-zedianakes
    phanourios zedianakes

    This is top of the line indie film. Great writing, story, acting, music, editing. Well done.

  • jean-jepsen
    jean jepsen

    I can’t believe some of the reviews on this film? This is a great, original, stalker film. Great writing, characters, acting, music. There must be a few haters out there purposely trashing this film. This film has won so many awards and deservedly so. Watch this film. Ignore the haters.

  • poska-markas
    poska markas

    This film is a masterpiece for low budget indie films. No wonder it’s won so many film festivals and awards. Great cast, acting, script. Tom Alper was terrific in the lead. I hope there’s a sequel.

  • paul-gerhard-atzler
    paul gerhard atzler

    What a great twist on the stalking genre. This film brings a fresh new twist to the stalking/fatal attraction/cape fear film. A lot of dark humor. Loved this film. Such great writing and acting.

  • volodimira-poltavets
    volodimira poltavets

    What a dark, twisted, entertaining film. A great script. Great acting and story. Also loved the music. This is a must see.

  • zaharia-ene
    zaharia ene

    The character Max beats a dog to death and it turned my stomach.

  • cheryl-kelley
    cheryl kelley

    I didn’t know they still made crap like this. Jay guy is psychopath. Falls in love with straight guy. Kills anyone, anything in his path. Story sucked.

  • billy-young
    billy young

    Loved the writing, twists, and the acting. Well done.

  • angie-wagner
    angie wagner

    There is not one positive thing I can say. Stilted acting, the guy who is supposed to have a serious problem with anger regulation has the most phlegmatic face ever, the script makes no sense, the PA politely and calmly announces ‘I am sorry to interrupt, but your car is one fire’… I mean – what? And where are the plot twists other reviewers talk about?

  • luis-chen
    luis chen

    Despite the fake haters, this film keeps winning awards. I guess the awards speak for themselves.

  • lisa-houston
    lisa houston

    This film is dark, twisted, and funny as hell. What I loved about this film is the twisted spin on the stalking genre. Every heterosexual male would freak out if this happened to them. Great story and great acting. Loved it!!

  • stephen-davenport
    stephen davenport

    This is a great independent film. I saw this at the Venice Film Festival last year and thought it was fantastic. A great story, with a highly original twist to the stalking genre. Although there were no A list stars it was a very impressive cast. Vince Van Patten, Daniel Baldwin, Eileen Davidson, Sal Velez Jr, Paul Linke, Jason Stuart, and Tom Alper rounded out this ensemble group.Aside from the acting, the film was just especially well made for a low budget indie. Even the score stood out, and added greatly to this film. Nicely done. Highly recommend. I was literally on the edge of my seat nearly the entire film.

  • david-joseph
    david joseph

    THE GUEST HOUSE is an attempt at a psycho thriller made on a tiny indie budget. The story is bogged down by endless small talk and small scale material with no real drama or proper ‘meat’ to the story to make it work. It’s more a collection of cliches in search of a structure.

  • melissa-barros
    melissa barros

    This film totally snuck up on me! It had great acting and I really liked the story. The landlord was creepy as hell. He took fatal attraction, stalking, call it whatever you want to a whole new level. His size is what made his so damn intimidating!! This film is a really good psycho thriller. Without question, this film gets a thumbs from me.

  • lacis-rita
    lacis rita

    I thought I was renting a cheesy horror film based on the cover on Amazon. However, I was greatly surprised. This is a well made, stalker movie, which actually plays more like a dark comedy/psychological thriller. Yes, the film was low budget, but was executed with a lot of effort and craftsmanship. Everything from the music, writing, acting, casting, was superbly done.I often found myself laughing out loud at the premise of the movie. Imagine being stalked and pursued, by a six foot 7, muscular-athletic, black man, who has a crush on you and won’t leave you alone, because he’s lonely, and decided that you were his soul-mate. Tom Alper, who I’ve never heard of before, played the part to if not to perfection, then to a tee. At first you think Alper is a first rate jerk, since he’s part racist, part homophobe, cheats on his ex. But the more you watch Alper, you realize he’s not such a bad guy, just rough around the edges. In fact, Alper slowly wins you over as you see how much he loves his daughter, and his ex.Just when you start feeling empathy for the lead, you realize what a mess he’s in, and what a mess he’s created for his family. Which of course, is what the writers had in mind. All of this leads to an exciting, action-packed climax and resolution. Alper’s emotionally charged, crying scene at the end as he pleads with the villain, had me literally on the edge of my seat.This film is fun, entertaining, original and about 100 times better than the average indy film. Big thumbs up.

  • dragan-bajc
    dragan bajc

    Great writing. Great acting. Great story. Directing was flat. Clearly a low budget production with a great original twist, and spin on the whole fatal attraction genre.I wasn’t expecting much, but found myself sucked in, and intrigued by the storyline, and writing. Nice job, all the way around.

  • maurycy-lew
    maurycy lew

    This movie The Guest House surprised me. It is a different take on the obsessive love/stalker movie. The movie kept me hooked from beginning to end. The acting was great. Daniel Baldwin has a small part and it was nice to see him in this movie. Overall I was very impressed with this movie.

  • sasha-pagano
    sasha pagano

    Amazon and Netflix seems to be hitting their stride with horrible horror movies. This one is different.

  • angela-kotnik
    angela kotnik

    The Guest House is an offbeat quirky thriller that puts a fresh twist on the Stalker Genre. Jake Roth, (Tom Alper), is kicked out of his house, and with limited funds and bad credit must find a place to live. Enter Max Foster, the seemingly perfect landlord with a cool-back house, (pool included), for rent. Jake and Max bond right away, becoming best of friends. That is of course, until Jake uncovers Max’s dark secret. When Jake realizes he must distance himself from Max, the intensity truly begins.This is clearly a low budget “indie”, which is unusually well made for its seemingly modest budget. The acting is superb, with fine performances across the board, including some of the supporting roles by Daniel Baldwin who is perfectly cast as the arrogant-jerk boss. And Eileen Davidson, (Emmy award winning actress), who gives a rememberable performance as the “villians’ therapist, who is put in an unenviable task of trying to provide therapy to a “psychopath”. The story is also very engaging, as it mixes dark humor, and plenty of action, into what is ultimately a psychological thriller. The film also features quite a compelling score that only adds towards the films appeal.Perhaps if this movie was made by a big studio, with a big budget and big stars, The Guest House would have made of a lot more noise on a national, and worldwide level. But that is not to take away from this film. This is a fun, well made film, that won numerous awards at the Hollywood Reel Independent Festival. The Guest House keeps your attention, from beginning to end, and is well worth the hour and a half of your time.