The Valero Verdict: Host


Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, the Shudder Horror film, Host.

Six friends hire a medium to hold a scene via Zoom during lock down – but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong. When an evil spirit starts invading their homes, they begin to realize they might not survive the night.

Within this quarantine, production has shut down throughout the entire world. Rob Savage had different plans and has taken it upon himself to say to us, ‘I made a film’, and show the rest of us we are not making the most of our time during this.

Given the current state of the world, Zoom calls have become a pivotal part of our everyday lives. We’ve seen standup comedy, concerts, work meetings, and even connecting with our friends move to the world of digital media.

We kick off the film with the start of a Zoom call, and I loved how Rob decided to showcase the flaws of all of us trying to connect a call. Whether it’s the connectivity issues, talking over each other, echoing, I loved he didn’t try to make it perfect because the experience is far from that.

As they begin the seance, we are given the rules of which we need to follow, take it seriously, and don’t make light of the spirits. The opening sequence of this provides a foundation of which will set us up for the remainder of the film.

Transitioning into the meat of the movie, we see our group make the typical horror-like mistake, and not take the seance seriously, which ultimately they begin to pay the price. The way they slowly introduce the effects of the ‘spirits’ was subtle but also scary. The scares are real, and the reactions from our cast are spot on here.

Furthermore, the way they incorporated the little things like introducing a camera, and utilizing it later or the utilization of flour, this sort of stuff made the movie better. Also, the special effects, WHAT!!!!! They were fabulous, whether it was the crazy spirits, moving of the surroundings, the camera work within this small space was mesmerizing.

In closing, the acting was impressive. It felt like a bunch of friends on a Zoom call, which makes you suspended disbelief. The special effects were spot on, the jump scares weren’t done in a cheesy light, and the film was only FIFTY-SIX MINUTES!!!!!! You can make a great film without it being 3 hours long.

The Verdict:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Host brings the quarantine to light in one of the most impressive feats of film-making you will see this year. It was a creative and unique breath of fresh air in the horror genre.

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