31 Days Of Thrilling Horror: The Host

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.

Author: Shane Hnetka

Shane Hnetka spends most of his life watching movies and reading comic books, using his vast knowledge of genre culture for evil instead of good.

9 thoughts on “31 Days Of Thrilling Horror: The Host”

  1. i stopped watching this movie at some point, i can’t remember how far i made it. i found it trite and stupid

  2. That’s okay, jeffg. Foreign cinema can be difficult for some to penetrate. Satire is often especially challenging.

  3. I agree with Jeff that The Host goes off the rails about halfway through but the big monster attack scene Shane mentions is one of the all-time best. Should be studied in film school.

  4. Fine. Agree with jeff. Of course, you think the Bourne films are high art. What do you know?

  5. Matt Damon’s super power is that he can pretend to drive convincingly while a film crew lies crammed on the floor of the passenger side.

    Seriously, those movies are 35% Matt Damon palming a stick shift. Snore.

    But hey, if those are your and jeffg’s favourite movies, that’s okay. A lot of very simple people love the Bourne movies. I’ll restrict my mockery to behind your backs and the internet.

  6. i consider the Bourne films to be foreign as they are mostly in those places with weird little cars and streets where you need a little car to navigate them

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