Surprise Surprise! With not too many new releases out this week, I decided to put my scouting hat on after ages. And I have just finished watching the 56 minute Horror Flick Host on Amazon Prime. I have been flooded with messages of recommendations for a horror movie. I personally am not a fan of genre as I just don’t get scared too easily. So my parameters of a good horror film are high, something that is not met easily by the dozens of horror films that I have watched. I had recently recorded a podcast too, about some of the best horror film recommendations. That podcast will be out soon and I hope to have your opinion too, for the moment is this handpicked horror film worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Host follows the story of six friends that hire a medium to hold a seance via Zoom during lockdown. But things spiral downwards then. The concept is pretty interested, a horror film filmed over a zoom call. But then you would argue on the limitations of the medium, With no creaky doors or over the top antics in a limited zoom call and limited space, right? Wrong! The screenplay is watertight and holds your attention throughout. All your reservations about a typical horror film are squashed 15 minutes into the film when the spirit begins to hunt down each of the six friends. There are several jump scares here something that brought chills down my spine(I had earlier decided to watch this at 2 am at night). There is plenty of fodder for screams and it amazed me at how well this horror film was edited. There are jumpscares when you expect them and scares when you don’t expect them. Just a phenomenal screenplay!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are conversational to begin with and they dry up towards the backend because obviously…..The BGM is absolutely top notch and is brought at exactly the right moments. Director Rob Savage has done an excellent job with this horror film. Not only has he worked on atmospherics but there are some genuine jumpscares that will leave you covering your eyes.
The performances by the leads are top notch. Harley Bishop, Emma Louiss Webb, Radina Drandova , Caroline Ward and Jemma Moore, all play themselves(having the same onscreen name). And all of them have done a wonderful job.
Host is a high concept horror film and one of the best I have seen in recent times. Available on Amazon Prime and Highly Recommended.