Host: The best horror film of 2020

If you’re anything like me you’re sick of hearing the word virus by now. Host, however, presents a completely different, and somehow scarier, form of a virus. A malevolent, demonic computer virus.

This critically well received film revolves around Six friends that hire a medium to hold a seance via Zoom during lockdown, but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong.

This film is shot in a similar way to Unfriended and Searching, entirely by using the screens of computers to portray the film. The film opens with the heartfelt struggle of lockdown and what it does to the human psyche. Saying that, the first 15 minutes are rather hilarious. Dissecting the common limitations of using zoom to communicate and the kind of all-too-familar routine we have all fallen into.

Host then further reflects upon the affect that lockdown is having on relationships and the difficulty of being confined in the same living space of someone else for a prolonged period.

The film then begins to progress as all horror films do. Hello demon. The way this demon spreads is via the Internet, similar to a computer virus and begins to infect the users living space. This concept is fantastic and something i really enjoyed about the movie.

The scares are great; a mix of jump scares and suspense really plays out well and never feels cheap. I never felt cheated out of any scares, something I experienced a lot with the later Paranormal Activity films.

This indie film is a must watch for all horror fans. It is available on Shudder.

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