Run time: 99mins

Director: Adam Wingard

Cast: Dan Stevens, Candice Patton, Ethan Embry, Joel David Moore, Maika Monroe, Lance Reddick, Brendan Meyer

Synopsis: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.


The Peterson family are grieving a dead soldier son when David (Dan Stevens) turns up on the doorstep of their New Mexico home claiming to be his friend and brother-in-arms.  They press him to stay and soon overcome their initial scepticism to accept their charming new guest.  But from the opening titles it’s clear that the viewer is in for delicious black comedy horror/thriller ride packed with knowing winks to ‘80s and ‘90s genre movie in jokes and a retro pounding soundtrack.

Dan Stevens – who was the nice Dan Crawley in ITV’s Downton Abbey – does terrific nasty as the mysterious ex-military stranger who arrives and starts to solve the family’s problems in an unconventional manner….

Director Adam Wingard (You’re Next, 2011) and writer Simon Barrett have served up a sinister, dark thriller with its tongue very firmly planted in its cheek, making for a highly entertaining 99 minutes.

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