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A new British horror film about a group of friends contacting spirits over Zoom has been scaring people senseless, garnering an impressive 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. You can watch the trailer below:
Host is the new terrifying masterpiece about some youngsters who attempt to contact the dead during lockdown - only the medium that assists them loses her internet connection.
The 57-minute 'found footage' horror film, which is available to watch on horror streaming service Shudder, has a higher score on IMDb (6.7/10) than 2007 smash hit Paranormal Activity (6.3/10).
The movie was written by Jed Shepherd, Gemma Hurley and Rob Savage. Savage came up with the concept when he was looking for ways to scare his pals during a Zoom call.
While we were all constructing socially distanced quizzes and baking banana bread, Rob was editing together footage of himself walking into his attic with a clip from a zombie film.
He decided to play the clip to his friends, with them believing it was in real time (be warned, the clip understandably includes some strong language):
I've been hearing strange noises from my attic, so I called a few friends and went to investigate... pic.twitter.com/CxmJAf44ob
- Rob Savage (@DirRobSavage) April 21, 2020
The demand for the film was so apparent that Rob ended up creating Host in 12 weeks and people are loving it.
One wrote: "Without a doubt #Host is the best piece of art to come out of the pandemic."
Another added: "Watching Host on @Shudder_UK for the 2nd time. I genuinely think this should get an Oscar nomination for best picture for this year. A perfect 2020 film and proper scary."
With a third commenting: "I watched last night. So frikin dope dude!!! My brother has watched it three times and is telling everyone to watch it! Big up you @douglasbcox @Jedshepherd and the team."
Learning how to apply my own prosthetics was one of my favourite parts of making the #Host. @13fingerfx is an amazing FX Artist! He made the prosthetics, sent them over and talked me through applying them (over Zoom) as I applied them using a mirror #HappySpookies pic.twitter.com/kZ9ugl3Sba
- Caroline Ward (She/Her) (@Caroline_Ward1) August 7, 2020
All the actors filmed with mobile phones taped onto their laptops. Emma had trouble attaching her phone, which is why she's cropped for most of the movie - I love it so much #HAPPYSPOOKIES pic.twitter.com/CPpeuLH9Ja
- Rob Savage (@DirRobSavage) August 7, 2020
My partner got to drag me down the hall all in the name of cinema. Good thing he's strong :muscle: #Host #HappySpookies pic.twitter.com/MJX241to3X
- Haley Bishop (@Haley_Bishop) August 7, 2020
Most amazingly, the cast have all been tweeting about how they made the film and shot some of the incredible scenes.
The entire movie was filmed in lockdown while observing social distancing restrictions, with Savage directing the actors over Zoom and most of the action taking place in the performers' own homes.
One of the actors, Emma Louise Webb, revealed: "We had no idea how the other cast members died or how the film ended. It was all redacted and kept secret. Glad though because I loved the surprise of watching it back. I was so so pleased and impressed at the final movie."
Host is available to stream on Shudder now.
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