Hosts is a 2020 horror movie that has a whole ton of gore, so if you are into that sort of thing, this will at least be a fun watch.
There is almost nothing I like more in a horror movie than gore. Sure, I like to be scared and on edge just as much as the next person, but throw in a bashed in head with an eye ball in it and you got me right where you want me. Hosts has no shortage of gore and blood splatter, which is probably why I enjoyed it. I am not too sure what that says about me but MEH, I am not too concerned about that either.
After reading the description of the story, I knew that a young couple would be invited to their neighbors house for a Christmas Eve dinner. I also knew that this couple would be possessed by demons. Not going to lie, this shocked me that the synopsis revealed that, as I expected it to be a twist that comes at least halfway through the movie.
Nope, it is almost immediately shown in the film. And it doesn’t take long for the Christmas Eve dinner to turn into a blood fest. There are a few twists and turns, and honestly, the plot was a bit all over the place. When the father confesses a fairly big lie to some other family members, I didn’t really care. I suppose that is because I already knew what was happening to them had nothing to do with that lie. Seemed like a moot point and unimportant addition to the plot.
It may not be the strongest story line, and there are certainly some issues, but Hosts is a lot of fun for horror fans. It clocks in at just under an hour and thirty minutes which seems perfect. There wasn’t enough time to get bored, and more than enough time for jump scares, bloody gore, and a little bit of drama.
On Christmas Eve, an innocent couple become hosts to a malicious entity. Throughout the night they terrorize a family of five in unimaginably violent and disturbing ways. These demonic possessions mark the beginning of a worldwide supernatural takeover, and the family of five who fall victim to the first attack are the unfortunate ones to experience the start of this horrific epidemic; A dark and bloody insight on how lying to your loved ones can not only alienate them, but it can completely destroy the bonds you have with them forever.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.