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An Ideal Host - Film Review (Sydney Underground Film Festival 2021)

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
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Beware of uninvited guests
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Nadia Collins as Liz. Image Supplied

Liz (Nadia Collins) just wants to throw the perfect dinner party. She and her boyfriend, Jackson (Evan Williams) have invited a couple of their oldest friends to their new home on a small property near the town where they grew up. Liz has planned everything meticulously, even including Jackson's 'surprise' proposal after the main course. However, things start to go off the rails when Daisy (Naomi Rockwell), an old friend Liz has had a falling out with, turns up uninvited and drunkenly flirts with Brett (St John Cowcher), Jackson's childhood friend from the neighbouring farm. The evening rapidly gets a lot worse when it turns out that at least one of their guests is harbouring an alien parasite looking for a new host.

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The guests arrive. Image Supplied.

An Ideal Host is a low-budget Australian sci-fi/horror/comedy film directed by Robert Woods. It uses a lot of familiar B movie tropes, but with enough creativity and humour to make for a fun, gruesome romp. The mixture of gore and camp humour reminded me of the 2003 Aussie zombie movie Undead. There are great performances from the whole cast, who really pull off the deadpan comedy as well as the horror.

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Liz, after things really go south. Image Supplied.

Watch An Ideal Host online now at from September 9th until September 26th.

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