On Christmas Eve, an innocent couple become hosts to a malicious entity. Throughout the night they proceed to terrorize a family of five in unimaginably violent and disturbing ways. But these demonic possessions won’t end with this unfortunate family; they mark just the beginning of a horrific worldwide epidemic. Beneath its nerve-jangling suspense, the film offers a dark and bloody insight into how lying to your loved ones can not only alienate them, it can completely destroy your bonds with them forever.
The film follows in the footsteps of classic successes such as, The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Inglorious Basterds. Hosts was written to keep viewers on the edge of their seats and leave a lasting impression.
Directed by: Adam Leader and Richard Oakes
Written by: Adam Leader
Country of Origin: UK
Genre: Horror, Independent
Distributor: Dark Sky Films
Produced by: Gillan Williams and Craig Hinde
Cast: Neal Ward (Two Graves, To Dream), Samantha Loxley (Election Night, Skin Deep), Frank Jakeman (A View to Kill, Rise of the Krays), Nadia Lamin, Lee Hunter (Vikings, Eastenders), Jennifer Preston, Buddy Skelton
Run Time: 89 minutes
Hosts was born through the mutual love of the horror genre and fascination in psychological manipulation that Richard and Adam both share. When in a vulnerable state, people’s perception of reality and decision making skills can be easily impaired and manipulated to the will of others. No matter how well you think you know somebody, you never truly know who they are underneath the deceiving facade. We only ever show the people around us what we want them to see.
“Live with a man for forty years. Eat the same meals, speak with him on every subject, then tie him up and hold him over the mouth of a volcano. On that day, you will meet the man.” – Joss Whedon. We feel that telling this story in a traumatically visceral way and utilizing gore as a mechanism will aid in amplifying the shock factor of audiences around the globe. This is because in real life, it always takes something extreme to break down ones facade and only then do we see their true inner demons. What’s even more frightening is the uncertainty that we have of ourselves, masking our own weaknesses and insecurities with the character and personality that we only obsess over being.