We are not quite through with this COVID stuff. That's unfortunate. It's tough having all these plans for a year, then watching them go down the drain. it's equally tough when not everyone around you is taking it seriously, because that only means this takes longer to get through. It seems no matter where you fall politically, this event is giving us all lots of anixety.
What I've found interesting throughout this whole ordeal is how horror movies and stuff like "Contagion" and "Outbreak" have been popular rentals. I guess that's one way to cope with this lockdown, but its not exactly something I'd do for myself. At least, that's what I told myself at the beginning of this whole mess. But I broke my one rule tonight. I read about this creepy little caper on Shudder. If you are unaware of Shudder and you are a horror fan, you better jump on the train. It's a streaming service that specializes in horror, mystery and suspense. It may be a niche streaming service, but there's no denying how well it caters to people who want it. Just like many streaming services, they've been offering their own content and one of the new movies released this week was "Host." A movie that is very timely for quarantine.
The movie takes place during the quarantine. Haley (Haley Bishop), Jemma (Jemma Moore), Emma (Emma Louise Webb), Caroline (Caroline Ward) and Alan (Alan Ermys) get together on a Zoom call. Not just to see each other again during the quarantine, but because Haley has hired someone who can communicate with the dead, and she's agreed to attempt to help the group contact the dead via Zoom. What could possibly go wrong, right?
The answer is plenty. Because one member of the group decides to goof off during the Zoom meeting. When they decide to try and contact a person who never existed, it opens the door for any spirit to penetrate their world. And when the group realizes how in over their heads they are, its too late and the audience is left with plenty of scares to deal with. This probably sounds similar to "Unfriended" which came out a few years ago. But the difference is simple; "Unfriended" was pure shit, "Host" is not. "Host" is effective. It features some striking scares. It's short, sweet and to-the-point as its only an hour long. But don't worry about the run time, there is enough terror in this one hour that is usually missing from most tedium scary movies each year. Because the movie is short, character development is etched in at a striking speed, but these actors get you to care about the characters fast.
Just in case you need anymore anxiety for yourself, you can turn this one, dim the lights and enjoy the nightmares.
FINAL GRADE: A