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Host - A Shudder Original Movie Review

Production: Shudder Original

Director: Rob Savage

Starring: Haley Bishop, Radina Drandova, Jemma Moore, Caroline Ward, Emma Webb, Edward Linard

Reviewed By: Dean Asquith

My Rating: 3 out of 5 🏹


Six friends get together during lockdown for their weekly zoom call. It's Haley’s turn to organise an activity and instead of a quiz, she’s arranged for a Medium to conduct a

séance. Bored and feeling mischievous, Jemma decides to have some fun and invents a story about a boy in her school who hanged himself. However, her prank gives license for a demonic presence to cross over, taking on the guise of the boy in Jemma’s made-up story. The friends begin noticing strange occurrences in their homes as the evil presence begins to make itself known, and they soon realise that they might not survive the night.

My Opinion

I had really high hopes for this movie. I have seen numerous positive reviews, some

saying that it makes paranormal activity look tame. This was not the case. Instead for me this was a mediocre attempt at a jump scare horror with predictable scares and scenes of poor effects.

I will say that this movie is filmed entirely on zoom and for that I give it major credit. The idea is unique and the zoom aspect is delivered brilliantly. The cast do a good job of making the entire situation believable albeit predictable. Most of the jump scares were delivered well and I was caught out once or twice, however the effects of the spirit really leave something to be desired.

At a runtime of 57 minutes I did feel that the movie could have been extended by about 20 minutes in order to build a bit more suspense, at one point the zoom warning saying

‘10 minutes remaining, upgrade your free account’ message popped up and as a result any suspense that was building was utterly destroyed.

Overall I would say that Host is worth a watch if you have an hour to spare. A great idea which is delivered fairly well by the entire cast but suffers from a low budget, simple effects and a short runtime.

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