Host (2020)

So, even though I gave this a rave back when I first saw it, I have to say it’s even better with repeat viewings. I’ve seen it a few times now after watching it with different friends, and every time I saw it with a new person it was like watching it for the first time all over again. It’s rare that a movie that hasn’t even been out for a year already feels like a classic, but that’s how solid “Host” is.

Pop Culture Thoughts

“Host” is one of those movies that comes out of nowhere, and reminds horror fans why they love the genre in the first place. It’s likely one of the first movies that was shot entirely during quarantine, and it demonstrates how a solid, scary horror movie doesn’t need much in the way of cinematic presentation: The screen is divided in several sections (a la “Timecode”), each populated with a likable, distinctly developed character with effectively established dynamics, and the scares start almost immediately. That’s where the movie shines the most: Director Rob Savage does a great job of timing the various scares and to exploit the other characters’ fears in order to heighten the impact of every jump scare, which has an extraordinarily powerful effect of making the viewer feel like they’re part of the action. It’s not exactly a masterpiece or anything but it’s so effective at what it…

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