Host (2020) – Quick Movie Review – Shudder Original Horror Film

Host is a British horror film released in 2020, 
directed by Rob Savage. During the COVID pandemic,  
six friends hold a seance via video, and things 
get more serious than anticipated.

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Haley (played by Haley Bishop)  
contacted Seylan (played by Seylan Baxter), a 
medium, to lead a seance via videoconference  
with her four female friends Jemma (played by 
Jemma Moore), Emma (played by Emma Louise Webb),  
Radina (played Radina Drandova), and Caroline 
(played by Caroline Ward) and one male friend,  
Teddy (played by Edward Linard).
Already during the seance, Teddy’s inconvenient 
girlfriend takes him out of the call, Seylan’s  
internet connection keeps dropping, and Jemma 

/> is not taking the ritual seriously enough. So,  
the realm of the spirits is not pleased with 
the seance and will take action.

Host is a movie with a great premise for 
its use of our current COVID situation.  
The horror aspect itself is not very 
original, so it’s the use of this new  
circumstance where the brilliance resides.
I knew very little about the movie before  
watching it, so I didn’t know what could 
happen. I kept looking all over the screen  
and waiting for something supernatural to 
scare me at any point. That only makes the  
tension grow higher, and it was the tensest 
I got in a movie in a long, long time.
Talking about scares, I get startled when shit 
jump on my face, the infamous jump-scare, and I  
also admire good creepy imagery. I don’t believe 
in God, Satan, spirits, and the supernatural, so I  
don’t get scared beyond the movie. However, we can 
say the film is “scary” to my limited standard.
Most of the characters are really 
relatable for being just ordinary people.  
I enjoyed them, with all their peculiarities and 
personalities. I just didn’t like Teddy and his  
girlfriend because they were annoying.
They’re great as a group, as well.  
We can understand the dynamics of the friendship 
through their interactions. It makes their  
relationship even more believable and easier for 
us, the audience, to care for these characters.
Although the cinematography was just 
the expected video call quality,  
and couldn’t be anything better than that. The 
movie was marvelous in the settings and framing.  
These aspects were perfect for us to stay alert 
for something that might be happening in the  
background, keeping us always tense.
Host is a very simplistic film executed  
with perfection. It gets an ordinary 
occurance of our life during the pandemic  
and turns it into a really solid horror 
movie. I’ll give Host 7 Moons.

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