And That’s Why You Don’t Let in a Random Guest

Back in ancient times, the law of hospitality was paramount. The idea that you could come to someone’s house in a remote area and expect to be sheltered and fed was not completely out of the ordinary, in fact it was expected. And, much like in the “Song of Ice and Fire” universe, once someone had eaten under your roof, there was a mutual understanding that you wouldn’t kill each other.

But we don’t live in ancient times anymore.

THE BEER: Bootlegger’s Brewery Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA

10% ABV

Bootlegger's Brewery DIPA

 

When you’re watching a movie about a human killing machine, chances are someone is going to get a knuckle sandwich. Probably more than one person.

Bootlegger’s Brewery, based in Fullerton, CA, has been hawking its juice down in sunny SoCal around since 2008. This is the first of their beers that I have tried.

It’s hard to find a Double IPA that doesn’t feel like a punch in the face. The nose on this one is actually pleasant and delicate. Of course it has the typical citrus essence, but this one delivered some stone fruit as well. Upon drinking, the beer itself was extremely full bodied and rough on the tongue. It was less fruity than I usually expect from this style, but was rife with pine.

THE MOVIE: The Guest ; 2014

Directed by Adam Wingard

The Guest Poster
This VHS throwback image captures the mood of the film pretty solidly.

A well-paced film, written by Simon Barrett, The Guest is out-there in the way of a late-80’s or early-90’s action movie, with the same level of plot simplicity. There’s really only one secret, and we’re pretty sure that we know what it is from the very beginning. What I think makes it sufficiently in the “horror” genre enough to cover here is: a) its director, Adam Wingard’s, history of horror films such as You’re Next, b) the elaborate and abundant Halloween set dressing and c) the inverted “action hero” becoming more of an “action villain.”

It’s a simple enough premise. Mrs. Peterson, the mother in a bereaved family whose son Caleb has been killed in combat, opens their door to a handsome stranger with an pack on his back. The stranger, David (played by Dan Stevens), claims to be her son’s war buddy, and sure enough, he points himself out in a photo with Caleb on the mantlepiece. Apparently that’s enough for her to invite him to stay for an indefinite period of time. One by one, he endears himself to all the family members. But when he’s sitting alone, we get to see the mask slip.

That’s right. He’s got a total psycho-face.

The only person who wises up to the fact that David’s deal might not be as simple as it seems is the 20 year old daughter, Anna (played by Maika Monroe), who spends most of the movie in an adorable teal and yellow diner uniform. Of course, she is not immune to David’s charms either. He does, after all, look like this with his shirt off:

The Guest No Shirt

She pretty much just makes him a mix-CD of John Carpenter-esque electronic music, which is probably what I would have done at that age, too (fool that I was).

In any case, what a good action movie needs is an extended rampage sequence at the end, and this is where this film excels. Rest assured, there are way more guns involved than those pictured above. There is also a bully getting Tabasco thrown in his eyes, a fight for survival in a haunted Halloween maze, and some pretty major explosions.

And if I haven’t made it clear yet on this blog: don’t allow random people into your house. I cannot stress this enough.