Director: Rob Savage
Writers: Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd
Stars: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb
Initial: Decided to watch this movie just to see what could be done with this conceit.
Production Notes: The film was shot during 2020 lockdown. Rob Savage directed the film remotely and the actors took some crash courses in practical effects and stunts to do all the necessary work in their own homes.
What Did I Think:
And they were authorized to use actual Zoom software so the GUI is something people use and are familiar with! Well, people aside from me because I’m enough of a hermit to have avoided Zoom entirely in the past year!
I’m refining my thoughts on found footage movies. In a comment the other day, I mentioned that, since found footage is not as easy to do well as some filmmakers think, there are a lot of bad found footage films. I think some of the problem occurs when too much plot is crammed into found footage stories. When I think about it, the best ones (The Blair Witch Project (1999), [REC] (2007), Cloverfield (2008)), don’t have an overage of plot. The story is limited by what we can see— what has actually been “found.” When there is too much need to have extra points of view, or the audience needs extra information that couldn’t be gained by normal (for the situation) camera use, the movie shouldn’t be found footage.
Which brings me to Host. Listen, there are a lot of creepy YouTube videos, horror ARGs, and “haunted” TikToks. If you follow such things, I’m not sure Host has anything you haven’t seen before. But, there are a few moments when Host uses Zoom technologies (user-set backgrounds, face filters) to really good advantage. Plus, and I mean this is a good way, Host is short. The concept isn’t complex and the movie isn’t padded out to do more than it should. It does, in fact, stick close to the notion of being a 40 minute free Zoom session.
2020 handed out quite a few lemons. Host isn’t Cheval-Blanc, but it is an okay glass of lemonade if you have an hour to kill.
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“H” is also for…
This is an anthology of short stories selected from The Black Cat magazine. The anthology is available for FREE! Just click through on the link above or the cover (possibly to the left) and download in the format of your choice.
Happy Halfway to Halloween!