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Review: Host

Host is one of those great scary movies that come out of nowhere and completely win you over, much like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity before it. In fact, Rob Savage's lean, mean, scare machine is being compared to those genre classics, and rightly so.

Set entirely during a Zoom chat in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Host is about a group of friends who decide to hold an online seance during their weekly call. Naturally, things go horribly wrong.

Now, we know going in that something is going to go wrong, but Savage and his capable cast hold our interest from moment one, and there is an instant feeling of dread that never goes away. In fact, it builds and builds to a frightening climax that, although not unexpected, is pure gangbusters. 

It helps the film is a scant 56 minutes -- not much longer than an average Zoom call on a free account -- and not a moment of that time is wasted. We get to know the characters through their interactions, and immediately like them. There's enough humour to break up the tension but, when the shat hits the fan, this is a clever horror show for the duration. 

I'm not sure how Savage and company put this together, but kudos to them for doing so. Host is probably the best horror movie of the year, and I can't recommend it enough. It's a Good.

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