The Host (Gwoemul)

Giant monster movies are always awesome but this 2006 Korean movie is one of the best in recent years. It’s directed by Bong Joon-ho who made the very cool Memories of Murder which was about South Korea’s first serial killer.

The Host starts off with an American pathologist ordering his Korean assistant to dump 200 bottles of formaldehyde down the drain and into the Han River. A few years later and some fishermen notice a mutant fish in the water. A few more years later and the film focuses on a slow-witted father and his family. He runs a food stand by the river with his father and has a young daughter. His sister is an archer and his brother is a former activist.

One day folks gather by the river because they see something under a bridge. What happens next is one of the coolest giant monster attacks ever filmed.