->''"You can't kill me. I'm having a dinner party."''
->-- Warwick Wilson
[[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 ''Series/{{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.'''

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

* ActorISTheTitleCharacter: One poster announced the title and main actor as "David Hyde Pierce Is The Perfect Host".
* AffablyEvil: Warwick is quite happy about everything he does.
* AntiHero: John, to two different (possibly) sympathetic villains.
* 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.]]
* ShownTheirWork: John tries to get refuge in a Jehovah's Witness woman's home by claiming he's also a Witness. She instantly sees through this though as he uses having a cross to prove this-Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe in them. It's a detail most people don't know about.
* SlippingAMickey: Throughout most of the night.
* StrawmanPolitical: Warwick takes inappropriate opportunities to share some extreme conservative views, which are either met with awkward silence or renounced by other characters.
* SubvertedTrope: The film gives a unique twist to many thriller and horror tropes and scenes.
* 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]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer establishes the plot of 2/3 of the movie, namely that [[spoiler:Warwick drugs John for the dinner party, although it never shows that all of the guests are imaginary]].
* 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.]]