Host 2019 Shudder Original Film | COVID-19 Lockdown Movie

What's your review of the 2020 Shudder film Host, a social distance film made during the coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown? #Shudder #Host #lockdown Do you want to watch Host? Did you enjoy the full movie or just parts of it? Shudder ( is an online streaming service dedicated to the wonderful art of horror movies. Host is a Shudder original film that plays host to a seance over a Zoom meeting during the coronavirus lockdown. Scroll down for more information!


Alternative titles (from Letterboxd): 호스트, Хост, 60分鐘招魂直播

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Director: Rob Savage

Writers: Rob Savage, Gemma Hurley, Jed Shepherd

Cast and Characters:

Haley Bishop - Haley

Jemma Moore - Jemma

Emma Louise Webb - Emma

Radina Drandova - Radina

Caroline Ward - Caroline

Alan Emrys - Alan

Patrick Ward - Caroline's Dad

Edward Linard - Teddy

Jinny Lofthouse - Jinny

Seylan Baxter - Seylan

Jack Brydon - Legs

James Swanton - The Spirit


Host is a masterpiece.

This Shudder film is set and filmed during the COVID-19 lockdown. Like many people staying indoors to ward off coronavirus, the characters host a group Zoom chat, and they decide to conduct a seanse.

There's a lot I want to say about this film, so I'll try and keep my views condenced, but I do want to start by saying that I want to watch this again.

I love webcam-based horror, and this timely creation is so creative. It really utilises the minimal resources at its disposal, and with the Zoom filters and indiosyncrasies or online meetups it's something to which a lot of us can relate just now.

So let's break this down:

1. The narrative is great. Sure, there are other films that occur entirely through the webcam lens, but I love those, and the fact that this is relatable in some ways to every single person on this planet facing COVID-19 makes it so much more powerful.

2. The duration. This is always essential to the execution of a good narrative. Honestly, at first I thought it was too short, as it's just under an hour. But then, towards the end, it suddenly occurred to me that it takes place throught the duration of a Zoom call, which typically lasts for the hour. The beginning of the film was a little slow, but around the halfway mark it totally begins to make up for all of that.

3. The characters are pretty believable. It's well acted. It's directed by Rob Savage - I don't think I mentioned that - and he's made it look effortless. The camera angles, the timing, it's all excellent. It's certainly innovative, and I predict something of a trendsetter too.

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