17 August 2020 10:53
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. The movie was written by Jed Shepherd, Gemma Hurley and Rob Savage. 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. The demand for the film was so apparent that Rob ended up creating Host in 12 weeks and people are loving it. 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 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. A horror film set entirely on Zoom has become a viral internet sensation. Host follows a group of British youngsters as they join a séance on the video conferencing platform and try to commune with spirits. Jed Shepherd, Rob Savage and Gemma Hurley are the brains behind the 57-minute production - which started life as a prank among friends during lockdown. Savage, who has directed multiple award-winning horror shorts, decided to fool his pals during a Zoom call to relieve quarantine boredom.
Viewers took to Twitter to share their appreciation for the film, with some saying people should 'believe the hype' around the movie Shepherd told The Observer: 'We didn't waste our time in lockdown just baking sourdough and banana bread, which is fine. 'But it's cool for me in years to come, when you look at this crazy time in history, we can point to it and say "this is what we did with our friends".' Now Host, the tiny British horror film conceived and made in lockdown, is being hailed as the first great film of the pandemic. A group of six friends get together on the video conference call platform and, with the help of a medium who – of course – loses her internet connection early on, they call up the spirits. "Lockdown boredom," says Savage over Zoom (of course), joined by Shepherd, producer Douglas Cox and cast members Haley Bishop and Radina Drandova. "Everyone who made the movie in front of and behind the camera, they were the friends that I was on Zoom with doing happy hours, quizzes, all that stuff, and I wanted to find a way to scare them." Savage, who has directed multiple award-winning horror shorts, filmed himself while on one of those Zoom calls heading into his spooky attic.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest 'Teddy', played by Edward Linard; the actors in Host had to create their own special effects. Cast behind new horror film made entirely on Zoom reveal the tricks that make it so realistic The cast of new British horror film made entirely on Zoom have revealed the tricks that helped make it appear so realistic. Jumpy horror film Host, hailed as the 'great film of the pandemic' was dreamed up by writers Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley, after Shepherd sent Savage a text in the dead of night that read simply: 'Zoom seance', The Observer reports. The 57-minute film sees a group of six friends coming together for their weekly video chat, as many people stuck at home at the beginning of lockdown did. Instead of the usual quiz, the group invites a medium into their Zoom room to host a seance but she soon loses her internet connection, leaving them alone with the spirits. To ensure the reactions were as genuine as possible, the actors were not given full scripts and they were also required to make their own fake blood and do their own makeup as the entire film was shot from their homes. One of the films stars, Caroline Ward, shared several images and videos on Twitter to her followers, offering insight into how they created the scenes in their homes. The prosthetics were made and sent to their homes before a special effects artist talked them through how to apply them – also using Zoom. Much to the writers' surprise, their concept soon snowballed and was part of a bidding war between channels, with Shudder eventually winning and showing the film for the first time two weeks ago. However, their idea did not always start out so ambitious, with Savage initially creating a short film which he recorded at home while on a Zoom call to some friends. He shared the clip of his friends, who were freaked out by the footage, on Twitter and it was viewed millions of times, with the film industry soon knocking to make it a full-length film. The film, which is currently the best reviewed horror movie of 2020, was made virtually from the actresses homes within 12 weeks. Shepherd told The Observer: 'We didn't waste our time in lockdown just baking sourdough and banana bread, which is fine. 'But it's cool for me in years to come, when you look at this crazy time in history, we can point to it and say "this is what we did with our friends".'