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By Kyle Bain | February 19, 2021

What plays hand in hand with the Zoom meeting aspect of Host is the cinematography. As a whole, this feels very Cloverfield-esque as the film, in its entirety, is shot from a point of view perspective. There are moments when the slew of things transpiring at once (considering viewers are able to see as many as seven points of view at the same time) make the movie dizzying. It is difficult in these moments to fully understand everything, but these moments of obscurity mirror the real world.

“…one of the best supernatural horror films I’ve seen to date.”

It’s hard to say that any aspect of Host was less than perfect, and this includes the acting. The majority of the cast is new to cinema, some having been credited with fewer than five projects prior to this horror title. This much inexperience often sees films fall apart, as the talent present proves incapable of carrying the story from beginning to end. However, these young ladies are brilliantly talented and shine from the second it begins until the second it ends. Bishop, Moore, Webb, Drandova, and Ward are equals in terms of acting ability. This equality goes a long way and permits each of the actors to shine in their respective moments.

Everything in Host, from beginning to end, is done impeccably well. Honestly, my only issue is that, subjectively, I’m not the biggest fan of movies depicting the supernatural. That subgenre is one that has never tickled my fancy for reasons I’m unable to explain. However, there are horror films of this nature that can break the mold and convey such a sense of emotion and deliver in nearly every aspect that I’m able to overlook the skeleton of the story and appreciate what is being done. Titles such as Insidious and Oculus are so technically proficient that I’m able to enjoy them. Host falls into the realm of these movies for me as the meticulous nature of Savage, writers Gemma Hurley and Jed Shepherd, and the cast makes this one of the best supernatural horror films I’ve seen to date.

Host (2020)

Directed: Rob Savage

Written: Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd

Starring: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Radina Drandova, Caroline Ward, etc.

Movie score: 8.5/10

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"…moments when the slew of things transpiring at once make the movie dizzying."

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