Host (2020)

Director: Rob Savage
Writer/s: Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd
Starring: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Radina Drandova, Caroline Ward, and more.


The Intro:
Here with a surprise review! So I had no idea this film existed – especially since it came out on the 30th of July. Now another interesting fact that hooked me in was that this is pandemic based horror film where all the characters interact of Zoom due to Covid-19. With all that said, my expectations are quite low. However, a friend of mine, whom I trust his horror opinion highly, said that this was a pretty quality flick. So time to get at it!

IMDB Summary:
“Six friends hire a medium to hold a seance via Zoom during lock down – but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong. When an evil spirit starts invading their homes, they begin to realize they might not survive the night.”

The Oberrating:
So it is common knowledge that I am pretty critical of my horror movies. A lot of times I am sick and disgusted of the Hollywood Horror genre where the movies drown its audiences in predictable jump scares and mind-numbingly dumb stories. I will not lie, a little devil on my shoulder was prepping me that that was what I could be getting. Yet here I am at the exact opposite of the spectrum. “Host” is an innovative and fresh horror film that attacks its audience for only a little under an hour. It is a perfect duration for a social media horror flick focused over Zoom and in the Covid-19 timeline setting. “Host” hit me with jump scares that actually made me jump a bit. The horror element was nothing but fun, and the mystery of the terror kept me locked in.

Now for a mix of the bad and good, I want to first focus on the story. On one end, yes I love the story. While it has been done before, I enjoyed the fresh take of a pandemic-era horror film. Sure it was predictable. Yes the scares are kind of typical, but, as I talked about before, the scares still got me and they were crafty in their use.
The cast and their acting is pretty standard for the social media horror. I am never really impressed or blown away by performances in movies like this, but everyone was serviceable and did not bother me in any way. For me, it was the entertainment of the terror going into all the characters that had me enjoy the movie.

The Wrap-Up:
A gem in the black hole that is 2020 films. “Host” comes as a welcome surprise for me, and I will recommend this for quite some time. Jump scares that I actually approve of, a unique movie experience within the pandemic setting, and genuine terror as this movie gets turned upside down. A Shudder exclusive, so if you have it, get to it. If you do not, fire up the free trial and cancel it after experiencing this hour long trip!

Other Takeaways:

  • I’m sorry, with all the terror that happens, if I met up with a friend, I would not give a single shit about socially distanced greetings, lmao.
  • F*&% Jemma

Rating: 3.5/5



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