->''"You can't kill me. I'm having a dinner party."''
->-- Warwick Wilson
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[[caption-width-right:260:"Dinner parties are [[IncrediblyLamePun a dying art]]."]]

'''''The Perfect Host''''' is a 2010 dark comedy / thriller independent film starring DavidHydePierce of {{Frasier}} fame and Clayne Crawford. A career thief, John Taylor (Crawford), needs to evade police for one night after a bank robbery that resulted in a wound to his foot. Turned away by other residents of Los Angeles, he concocts a quick story to get into the house of a man living alone, Warwick Wilson (Peirce). Warwick has his own plans for John though, but first, he's expecting guests.

As this film has various {{Plot Twist}}s, '''expect spoilers ahead.'''

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!!''The Perfect Host'' provides examples of:

* ActorISTheTitleCharacter: One poster announced the title and main actor as "David Hyde Pierce Is The Perfect Host".
* AntiHero: John, to two different (possibly) sympathetic villains.
* AffablyEvil: Warwick is quite happy about everything he does.
* AxCrazy
* ContrivedCoincidence: Not only was John unlucky enough to take refuge in a convenience store that is immediately subjected to a robbery and hide in the house of a guy who turns out to be an utter psycho but [[spoiler:said psycho is also the police Lieutenant investigating the robbery John committed!]]
* CrazyPrepared: Warwick's home is rigged this way, which fits both his personality and his, well, craziness.
* {{Deconstruction}}: of the [[HostageSituation home invasion]] genre.
* HealthcareMotivation: John, to pay for an operation for his girlfriend [[spoiler: who was faking the whole thing.]]
* HemoErotic: Warwick, with himself and with others [[spoiler: forcibly, though it's not clear if he ever really wounds and kills his guests.]]
* SlippingAMickey: Throughout most of the night.
* SubvertedTrope: The film gives a unique twist to many thriller and horror tropes and scenes.
* StrawmanPolitical: Warwick takes inappropriate opportunities to share some extreme conservative views, which are either met with awkward silence or renounced by other characters.
* PlayingWithCharacterType: At first, Warwick looks the usual snobbish milquetoast [[{{Frasier}} Niles Crane]]-esque character David Hyde Pierce usually plays. One drugged glass of wine later and he reveals himself to be an AxCrazy maniac.
* ThirdActStupidity: John passes up an opportunity to leave for a seemingly [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim foolproof opportunity to kill Warwick]].
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The difference between Warwick's perception and reality is made very clear, often [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]].
* WasItAllALie: John doesn't even need to ask when he realizes [[spoiler: Simone double-crossed him to steal the money.]]
* YouWouldntShootMe: John says this at the end [[spoiler: to Warwick who, despite being AxCrazy, suspiciously doesn't follow through with most of his threats of violence.]]