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Sundance 2014 VIDEO: Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett on The Guest

The writer and director of The Guest explain where the idea for their horror-thriller came from, why they cast Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens and more.

Screenwriter Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard have been bringing genre thrills to the Sundance Film Festival for years now with V/H/S and V/H/S/2, but this year they've brought what may be their best film yet, The Guest, starring "Downtown Abbey's" Dan Stevens as a veteran who returns home to take care of a fallen comrade's family, but whose methods of protection quickly turn horrifying. And, somehow, very funny.

The Guest Dan Stevens

Sundance 2014 Review: William Bibbiani calls The Guest "genuinely great filmmaking."

We got Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard on a comfy couch to talk about The Guest, their evolving experiences at Sundance, how they can keep The Guest's many surprises a secret while still marketing their movie to potential audiences, what they learned from marketing their last horror-thriller You're Next, why they cast a "Downton Abbey" star as a Terminator-esque supervillain, why they have problems with the similar movie Stoker, how the script evolved from an earlier drama Simon Barrett was writing, and whether or not they're bringing a new film to Sundance next year.

The Guest Simon Barrett Adam Wingard

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William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.