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With: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Radina Drandova, Caroline Ward, Alan Emrys, Patrick Ward, Edward Linard, Jinny Lofthouse, Seylan Baxter, Jack Brydon, James Swanton
Written by: Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd
Directed by: Rob Savage
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 57
Date: 07/30/2020

Host (2020)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Zoom Doom

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Perhaps the official movie of the pandemic, Host was shot and released during COVID-19, entirely using what appears to be Zoom. It involves six friends who hold weekly chats. This week Haley (Haley Bishop) wishes to hold a séance, and has included a medium in their call. But the other friends don't take things seriously, and a malevolent spirit is accidentally summoned. Written by Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, and Jed Shepherd, and directed by Savage, the movie's constrained camerawork is surprisingly shocking, using the concepts of offscreen spaces, backgrounds, and distances to generate movement and suspense, and the acting is of a decent caliber. Host runs only 57 minutes and makes perfect use of Zoom's limitations for its horrific ends. It's a Shudder exclusive.

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