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The Perfect Host

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Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor is a career criminal. He’s just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick’s doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who’s been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances can be. With outstanding performances by David Hyde Pierce and Clayne Crawford, cowriter/director Nick Tomnay takes us on a suspense-filled ride where nothing is as it seems. THE PERFECT HOST is a slippery psychological thriller that exposes true human nature and reveals just how far we’re willing to go to satisfy our needs.


Directed by Nick Tomnay

Written by Nick Tomnay and Krishna Jones

Producers: Stacey Testro and Mark Victor

Executive Producer Martin Zoland

Original Music by John Swihart

Editor Nick Tomnay

Production Designer Ricardo Jattan

Director of Photography John Brawley


David Hyde Pierce

Clayne Crawford

Nathaniel Parker

Megahn Perry

and Helen Reddy


"A familiar horror/suspense trope -- criminals choose the wrong hideout, discover twisted residents more dangerous than cops -- gets entertainingly respun in "The Perfect Host." - Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Tomnay skillfully shifts the film's initial tone from suspense to dark comedy so that the transition never feels forced... David Hyde Pierce is practically manic as aptly conflicted Warwick." - Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

"The Perfect Host is a fun, minimalist thriller that piles on the suspense and the twists until you are reduced to either awe or laughter. Watch this movie to see David Hyde Pierce go crazy." - Slash Film

"The Perfect Host is a debut film that offers promise and displays potential in Nick Tomnay. It also gives us a performance from David Hyde Pierce that is as delicious as the duck Warwick served at dinner." - Twitch Film

"The Perfect Host is a seamlessly crafted story that keeps you guessing with every scene. Every time you think you have it figured out you’re thrown off. This film is anything but predictable. The police thriller meets twisted comedy meets love story features excellently developed characters, dry humor and off the wall plot twists that keep you continuously guessing. The Perfect Host is one of the most exceptional and unpredictable films that I have seen in the past year." - Slug Magazine

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