The COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed down the efforts of horror mavens, but it couldn’t kill their creative drives.
The latest example of this sort of tenacity is the filmed-in-quarantine horror feature Host that will premiere on Shudder July 30, as reported by Deadline.
In a departure from business as usual, Host was shot remotely in the homes of the cast members during quarantine. The actors reportedly practiced social distancing, but still found ways to deliver their lines and interact with each other.
The horror film–directed by Rob Savage (Dawn of the Deaf) and written by Savage, Gemma Hurley and Jed Shepherd–follows six friends who enlist the aid of a medium to hold a seance over Zoom during the lockdown. But, as might be expected, things quickly sour, as an evil spirit invades their homes, threatening life and limb.
The cast includes Haley Bishop (Deep State), Radina Drandova (Dawn of the Deaf), Edward Linard (The Rebels), Jemma Moore (Doom: Annihilation), Caroline Ward (Stalling It) and Emma Louise Webb (The Crown).
In another production twist, the actors operated their own cameras, produced their own effects and lit their own scenes. Savage, meanwhile, directed their actions remotely.
Savage and Shepherd acted as executive producers, with the film being produced by Douglas Cox of Shadowhouse Films, in association with Boo-Urns.
Savage said he’s thrilled to have his movie shown on Shudder. “I’m a certified Shudder obsessive. When lockdown began, I spent weeks bingeing everything on Shudder,” he said, “so to find myself premiering a new film on the platform only a few weeks later is incredible.”
The director added that the streamer “understood the potential of this mad little film from Day One and totally supported us making it in our own way. The final product is something we’re all so proud of. I hope this is the first of many collaborations.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on Host and information on all future horror flicks to hit Shudder.