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Picturehouse Nabs Adam Wingard's Sundance/SXSW Title 'The Guest' (VIDEO)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 7, 2014 at 2:02PM

Picturehouse has picked up all US rights to director Adam Wingard's upcoming mindbender "The Guest," a hit at Sundance and now headed for SXSW.
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'The Guest'
Picturehouse 'The Guest'

Picturehouse has picked up all US rights to director Adam Wingard's upcoming mindbender "The Guest," a hit at Sundance and now headed for SXSW. 

Starring Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey," Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser and Lance Reddick, the film follows a young soldier who arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their dead son. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, mayhem ensues as their teenage daughter Anna starts wondering if David is responsible.

Last year, Wingard directed the brilliant old-school horror film "You're Next," well-received by many critics (this one included) for its splashy, gory innovative retread of the slasher and revenge genres. Here's hoping Wingard delivers the goods yet again. Below you can watch Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett talk the film at Sundance via Crave Online.

This article is related to: Adam Wingard, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), News, Acquisitions


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.