Superhost (2021)

Teddy (Osric Chau) and Claire (Sarah Canning) are a young couple who are also full-time vloggers with their very own channel, Superhost. Together they have built a reputation and large following by visiting various hotels and holiday spots and reviewing them with online videos based on their experiences. 

But things between Teddy and Claire are a bit rocky in the present day. Claire is quite annoyed that their current followers have dropped off to an all-time low, and videos don’t seem to resonate like they used to. With followers dropping by the day, the pressure between the two builds in their relationship even more so as Teddy has a wedding ring with desires to propose. To try and gain more followers, they hire out a cabin alone in the woods with plans to review the experience. 

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Osric Chau as Teddy, Sara Canning as Claire-Superhost_Photo Credit: Shudder

Upon arrival, they notice several odd things about the cabin, including video cameras installed in every room. However, the cabin’s caretaker, Rebecca (Gracie Gillam), is even more suspicious and could be an insane serial killer. Rebecca’s loud and awkward personality attracts Teddy and Claire to interview her for their online channel. Surely, with Rebecca being so quirky they are bound to get more followers. But little do they know that Rebecca has other intentions to gain more followers, making her the ultimate Superhost.

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Gracie Gillam as Rebecca-Superhost_Photo Credit: Shudder

When it comes to Superhost, there are several elements I loved about this horror film. Firstly, actress Gracie Gilliam as Rebecca is truly remarkable at playing a crazy serial killer. She is easily the highlight of this film, and she gives a memorable yet highly creepy performance. But this actress isn’t the only one who shines.  I also adored the cameo appearance from horror icon Barbra Crampton, who was a major standout in her brief appearance. 

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Barbara Crampton as Vera-Superhost_Photo Credit: Shudder

Unfortunately, the concept of a pair of leads trying to gain new followers in a film is nothing new. On top of this, our leading characters, Teddy and Claire, are fairly unlikeable. We witness the countless moments where Teddy never speaks out or stands up for himself and Claire is more obsessed with gaining followers instead of caring about her boyfriend. Sadly, our leads are so unlikable that I didn’t care whatever the outcome would be for them, and in any movie (especially horror), that’s not a good thing.

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Gracie Gillam as Rebecca-Superhost_Photo Credit: Shudder

Overall, Superhost has been filled with some outstanding performances thanks to actresses Gracie Gilliam and Barbra Crampton. The plot is engaging and mysterious, but what held this film back was seeing the leads be ultimately unlikeable right from the start. Horror fans will still find plenty to enjoy here, thanks to the film’s twist, and moments of surprising violence and unexpected gore. Superhost (2021) is Available on Shudder from September 2nd!

5.8/10

Rating: 3 out of 5.

30th August 2021
Written by Peter Walkden

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The Elfkins - Baking A Difference (2019) - Movie Review 7th January 2021 Written by Peter Walkden After reading the title of this film, I know what you are thinking. What's an Elfkin? And are they related to Christmas? Well, the definite answer is Elfkins are not...

Antebellum (2020)

This story follows a woman (played by Janelle Monáe) who is currently a slave on a plantation site.  Like this woman, many other slaves are forced to work and do horrific things.  Many have tried to escape, but each attempt ends with tragic and heartbreaking...

Skylines (2020)

It has been fifteen years since Planet Earth witnessed the beginning of an alien invasion from the sky. The world became a battlefield with aliens vs human and in the end only a small number of survivors still roam the earth. Continuing on from the second instalment...

Dreambuilders (2020)

Dreambuilders follows a young girl named Minna (voiced by Robyn Dempsey). Minna is an only child who lives with her father. Daily, she is reminded of the fact that her mother left her father to pursue a singing career when she was just a young girl. In the present...

The Flood (2020)

The Flood tells a brutal story of pain, suffering and revenge. We witness the introduction of Jarah (Alexis Lane) who has a husband Waru (Shaka Cook) and a young daughter named Binda. When Jarah is taken away from her land and removed from her family, she is used...

Trolls World Tour (2020)

Continuing on from where we last left our loveable Trolls, life is excellent for Queen Poppy and her fellow Trolls… until! The Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls begins to take over every Troll kingdom. Now the Pop Trolls will come together with a plan to not only save...

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Set in rural Texas, No Country for Old Men tells the story of three key characters in the one film.  Our first character is Llewelyn (Josh Brolin) who discovers the aftermath of a shootout which appears to be from a major drug deal gone wrong. Llewelyn...

The Black String (2018)

Jonathan (Frankie Muniz) is a single man who works at a local convenience store.  Lonely and sick of being single, Jonathan even gets envious when he sees the couple visiting his store.  One night, while watching TV, an ad appears on his screen advertising...

Rent-A-Pal (2020)

Set around a time when VHS tapes were still our primary source of entertainment, David (Brain Landis Folkins) is a lonely, single man. He lives with his unwell mother, taking care of her daily, and has his own room in the basement. Currently, David is seeking a...

Sky Sharks (2020)

The film begins with a plane full of passengers who are soon attacked by what appears to be Zombie-like Nazis flying around on sharks. The aircraft is attacked, and a horrific blood bath begins. We are then introduced to a small group of geologists who are currently...

A Call To Spy (2020)

Set during the start of WWII, the British need help and are running out of options. Winston Churchill gives orders to create a brand-new agency unlike anything before. The film introduces us to Vera Atkins (Stana Katic) who is assigned to oversee this and handle...

Come Away (2020)

Jack (David Oyelowo) and his wife Rose (Angelina Jolie) are parents to three young children.  After a tragic incident occurs with one of the family members, the young children in the family (named Peter and Alice) decide to use their imagination and set out on...

The New Mutants (2020)

The film begins with a young girl and her father attempting to escape what appears to be a horrifying tornado. During the attempted escape, something terrible occurs to the young girl’s father. Shortly after the horrible storm, the young girl wakes up in a bed and we...

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is a police officer within the city of Detroit. Axel is known for being loud and wild but nevertheless is a good cop and has street-smart skills when it comes to cracking cases. After an undercover bust gone wrong, Axel heads home only to...

It Must Be Heaven (2019)

ES (Elia Suleiman) is a filmmaker and writer who currently lives in Palestine. Due to personal reasons, ES decides to pack his things and travel around different cities to explore as well as hopefully launch his newest project.  As a character, ES enjoys being...

Tenet (2020)

Throughout the story we follow a man who we call ‘The Protagonist’ (John David Washington), an ex-CIA agent. After an undercover mission turns into chaos, our leading survivor is invited to join a top-secret group known as Tenet. While working for Tenet, it is up to...

Paper Champions (2020)

When Rey was a kid, he always had dreams of taking on the world as a professional wrestler. But in the present day, Rey (Luke Saliba) has ended up on a very different path. Rey works behind a desk selling photocopy machines along selling general stationery supplies to...

Sound of Metal (2019)

Ruben (Riz Ahmed) is a drummer in a heavy metal band along with his partner, Lou (Olivia Cooke). The two are living the dream as they play at many gigs with also an album on the horizon. But for Ruben, things are about to take a dramatic turn as he begins to have...

The Last Blockbuster (2020)

The Last Blockbuster is a documentary about how Blockbuster Video began and eventually became one of the greatest retailers of entertainment. As well as that, this is also the sad story of how the major retailer fell apart leaving only one Blockbuster Store remaining....

The Day of the Locust (1975)

Set during the 1930s, The Day of the Locust follows Tod (William Atherton), an art director working on several upcoming films.  While moving into a small apartment, he soon discovers an actress named Fay (Karen Black) lives across from him.  As Tod begins to...

Future Man: Season One (2017)

Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson) is a janitor working at a research lab. Josh, in the present day, feels like he has hit a roadblock in life when it comes to career choices. When Josh is not working, he enjoys playing a video game titled Biotic Wars which many have...

A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020)

Following on from the film A Street Cat Named Bob, initially released in 2016, James (Luke Treadaway) has just released his first book also titled "A Street Cat named Bob". The new book reveals a great deal of insight into James's dark past when he was addicted to...