Notable Cast: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford
Review: David Hyde Pierce has such an interesting repertoire of films to his name, and The Perfect Host fits perfectly with his mish mosh of roles. I expected more on the horror and less on the creepy, as the overall tone of the film really dances along dark comedy. May have been a surprise, but still very, very interesting. Following criminal John Taylor (Crawford) and his attempt to evade capture, The Perfect Host shows what happens when John tries to break his way into the wrong house. Warwick (Pierce) lets John into his posh home, graciously makes him feel pampered, tends to his every wish, and still gets attacked by the bastard. The real fun starts when Warwick’s own plans start to kick in though via a little extra ingredient inserted into the wine, and John wakes up tied to his place at the dinner table. But this is no ordinary dinner party. Warwick’ s warped mental state causes him to see the party goers who do not exist, being just figments of his imagination. John tries to escape, Warwick has other plans, and so on. Like I said, quite the interesting story. David Hyde Pierce was a charming but disturbing host, in some of his best work yet. I look to a few killer scenes involving Hyde Pierce interacting with no one, yet being completely interactive and bursting with energy. Watch just one instance of Warwick dancing to “Workin’ At The Car Wash” by himself on a table (because all the other guests except for John don’t exist) and you’ll fall in love with the character David Hyde Pierce created. From that proud strut to boisterous persona, the fun was seeing how Pierce could shock us next. But as I say shock, don’t expect some torture porn slashing. The Perfect Host is pretty tame on the violent aspect and if turned up would have followed the path of a totally different film. The only negative for my tastes; the ending drags out too far, trying to throw too many curveballs your way. There’s about 4 potential endings to this little shindig, but for a Netflix Instant watch I was thoroughly impressed by both Tomnay’s direction of the entertainingly insane Pierce, and David’s portrayal of an undercover sociopath. Give this a watch for some psychological thrillage/comedy, as this little indie packs an unexpected punch.
Netflix Rating: 4/5