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The Guest (2014)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett Rating:8.8/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on December 11th, 2021:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Wingard and Barrett offer a very informative and candid track. The duo freely reveals what they feel worked or did not in this film. They speak throughout to the challenge of maintaining the tone of the film and note references to films of the genre they sought to honor or emulate, as well as some references to their own work. They do wonder if the audience understood some of the subtle humor. (I certainly appreciate The Guest more knowing their intention!) There is even some hinting at projects they started and left unfinished. They talk about how the cast came together and what the actors brought to the role. They discuss source music selections and some of the inspirations for these choices. They prefer practical effects when possible but point out when shots were enhanced with CGI in post production. They admit that the practical effects in this film were often problematic. They talk about filming in New Mexico, often in competition with some larger budget studio films that usurped much of the local workers. However, they were able to salvage some of the discarded production design to use in some scenes. They are in favor of the test screening process as it did help to improve some scenes.

There are 14 minutes of deleted scenes, with commentary by Wingard and Barrett. They explain that most scenes were cut for pacing, only supplied extraneous information or did not propel the story. They provide two instances where the first and final edits of two scenes can be compared.