Six friends hire a medium to hold a seance over a Zoom call during
lockdown, but something demonic is accidentally summoned.
Directed by Rob Savage
Written by Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd
Starring Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb,
Radina Drandova, Caroline Ward, Seylan Baxter, Edward Linard
In addition to being a fun, creepy ghost movie, Host is also quite possibly the shortest movie that will ever be reviewed on this site. Clocking in at a tight 57 minutes, Host is the first film to feature the world according to COVID-19, with lockdown and masks being written into the story. This one is made for the horror buffs like me who just dig this shit. Six friends summon a demon during a Zoom call seance, and the entity fucks with them for nearly an hour before taking them all out. Nice, wholesome family fun right there.
Our featured players are Haley, Jemma, Emma, Radina, Caroline, and Teddy, though he drops out for most of it. They're all friends who are forced to hang out on Zoom because of this virus that's fucking up everything we love right now. So, to spice up their game night, Haley brings in a medium named Seylan, who leads the group in a seance. But when Jemma mocks the spirits, the spirits push back, trapping the girls in a nightmare of their own creation. Some of the spooks are creepy, and the atmosphere of the film is perfect. It's a little too close to Unfriended at times, but I expected as much. There's not a lot you can do differently with the "e-mail from beyond the grave" subgenre.
Host will satisfy your horror cravings and your lockdown blues by reminding you that we're all in this together. Just don't awaken the dead with your boredom. With this virus pummeling the world and California on fire yet again, the last thing we need right now is the dead rising from the grave. But if you like ghost movies, found footage movies, and short movies, this one is right up your alley.