DVD Review: Hosts (2020)

October 28, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Ahh, the ho-ho-holidays, a time of gift givin’, merry makin’, and eating tons of fucking food.

Speaking of which, that is precisely what’s on the agenda for Jack (Neal Ward) and Lucy (Samantha Loxley); a sickeningly in-love young couple who are set to have a nice meal with their neighbors Michael (Frank Jakeman), Cassie (Jennifer K. Preston), and their offspring; Eric (Lee Hunter), Lauren (Nadia Lamin) and Ben (Buddy Skelton).

There is a slight hiccup in the night’s plans however as our young heroes find themselves possessed by an unknown entity just before they head out for their dinner date… and let me tell you; these shiny-eyed psychopaths really, and I mean really know how to ruin a dinner party in spectacular fashion!

Fucking hell; Hosts grabbed me by the beastly balls and dragged me through a world of suspense, shock, and supernatural shenanigans… and I loved every monstrous minute of it!

Co-writers/co-directors Adam Leader and Richard Oakes have created a fright flick that is something like if Invasion of the Body Snatchers were reimagined as a home invasion picture… and trust me, if you don’t think that’s a terrifying concept you are sadly mistaken! Naturally this also results in a narrative filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense as well as startling violence (trust me, the first kill in this flick will have your jaw banging against the floor with maximum impact), and plenty of goosebump-raising strangeness!

The reason that above business works so damn well lies in large part to the actors chosen to bering this terror tale to life! Ward and Loxely do an amazing job of getting us to love them as the film starts, and absolutely fear them as the story unfolds and they go full on unpredictable, glowing eyed, murderers. These are great performances, and really need to be seen by you cats n’ creeps!

That’s not to say the fine folks playing our beleaguered family unit are slouches in the acting department, because they surely are anything but, and each and everyone of those aforementioned thespians convey the horror biz that’s befalling them, and it’s aftermath to a “T”!

Honestly, I’d tell you to pick this flick up based on the strength of the film alone, but those rascals at Dark Sky Films have included some bonus content to sweeten the putrid pot. Said content includes a nearly hour long look behind the scenes of the film’s production, a selection of interviews with cast and crew, and the film’s trailer.

Hands down, Hosts is a mother fuckin’ rad as all shit take on the normal possession flick that we all know backwards and forwards, presented with a veritable ass-load of style, fever-dream logic, and plenty of rock solid acting; a wicked winner in my book cats n’ creeps!



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