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By James Whittington, Saturday 2nd April 2022 Superhost Acorn Media Certificate 18 ****
It seems that everyone and their friend want to be Vloggers, people who make videos hoping that the world will love them and their opinions and thus earn a decent living. We have "influencers", covering everything from opening "surprise" packages to giving their opinion on the latest trailer for whatever movie/TV is about to be released. Most blend into one another but some to rise from the pile. Superhost takes this idea and drops it into the horror genre and is far, far more interesting than the real thing.
Teddy and Claire are vacation home travel vloggers who run a channel called "Superhost" and, until recently, had become successful doing it. With a dwindling subscriber count, they must get more creative with their content. Cue Rebecca, the host of their most recent trip who seems to have a few screws loose. But as Teddy and Claire investigate Rebecca's past, they unlock a horrifying truth and discover that she'll do whatever it takes to get a good review...
With a tight cast and a wonderfully macabre script, Superhost is a movie that runs at a steady pace held together with a cracking central performance by Gracie Gillam as Rebecca. The situation is outlandish and relies heavily on serendipity, but its short running time ensures that we don't waste time worrying about things like that. Barbara Crampton's cameo proves once more she really is a screen legend as every scene she's in you just can't take your eyes off her.
Writer, Director Brandon Christensen fills the movie with tension and one of the most memorable screen kills I've seen in a while. He allows the characters to develop naturally so that the audience can get caught up in the brutal happenings. He frames the effects sequences with care allowing each superbly realised effect to have full impact.
Extras on the disc include Director Commentary, Behind-the-Scenes of Superhost, Shooting in a Pandemic Bloopers, Superhost Visual FX, Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery, Scaredycats Episodes 1 & 2.
Superhost is a great movie with a keen sense of humour and some delicious effects. Really looking forward to what Brandon Christensen delivers next.
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