(Above: scene from ‘Host,’ courtesy Shudder)
Two genre movies shot under pandemic conditions premiere on streaming outlets this week: Pornstar Pandemic: The Guys, whose genre is self-explanatory, and Host, a horror flick.
Meanwhile, a web drama, The Building: Under Lockdown, has debuted its second episode.
Pornstar Pandemic: The Guys
This documentary is set to debut today on rental platforms Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and Google Play. It takes a look at how several LGBTQ porn actors – including top stars Dante Colle, Pierce Paris and DeAngelo Jackson – have been living during the COVID-19 quarantine.
“Audiences rarely see…what adult performers do when they are not in front of the camera,” said the film’s director/co-producer Edward James. “Their lives are often more similar to the average person than many think, and we wanted to explore that. We’re all in this together.”
Debuting this Thursday, July 30, on subscription streamer Shudder, Host is the story of six friends who hire a medium to hold a séance over Zoom during lockdown. They then get far more than they expected when an evil spirit invades their homes.
The friends are played by Haley Bishop, Radina Drandova, Edward Linard, Jemma Moore, Caroline Ward and Emma Louise Webb. Shudder says they operated their own cameras, lit their own scenes, and did their own “jaw-dropping” stunts.
Host was directed remotely by Rob Savage (Dawn of the Deaf), who also co-wrote the script.
The Building: Under Lockdown
Two episodes of this series, about residents of a co-op on New York’s Upper West Side, are available on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The Building: Under Lockdown, written by Ed Napier (Criminal Minds), is co-directed by Jesse Green (an Emmy-winning producer for Rachael Ray and Ca$h Cab) and actress/filmmaker Jodie Markell.
The cast consists of now-out-of-work New York stage actors playing typical Upper West Siders: and a co-op president (Kathryn Grody), who refuses to allow an emergency room physician (Pun Bandhu) into the building. There’s also the doctor’s caring wife and public defender (Alexandra Napier); a privileged former financier (Joe Delafield), who’s now pursuing the Episcopal priesthood, to the dismay of his quirky actress wife (Chloe Markell); and a violinist/music teacher (Laura Esterman), self-described as the “last true Marxist on the Upper West Side.” She’s having an on-again/off-again romance with “everybody’s favorite Jewish Uncle” (Robert Lupone).
Here’s episode one:
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