The Host

The Host

DVD - 2007
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A family mourns the loss of a child that has been eaten by a hideous monster living in the local Han River...until they find that she is still alive and living inside the sewer! Bonus features include deleted scenes and a gag reel.
"Two thumbs up!"--Roeper & Kim Morgan
"...madly entertaining..."--Time Magazine
" helluva monster movie."--Chicago Sun-Times
"...feverishly imaginative genre hybrid about the demons that haunt us from without and within."--New York Times
"Thrills mesh well with tongue-in-cheek humor."--Library Journal
"***1/2...melds chills, hearts, and humor into one gloriously wild and weird package. Highly recommended."--Video Librarian
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2007
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD SCI-FI HOS
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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jleecullin Jun 30, 2017

Darkly comedic monster movie with original creature design and protagonists worth rooting for.

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Nov 07, 2017

This film is an interesting blend of comedy and the horror genre. It doesn't completely stray from its foundation as a drama / "creature feature," but there are also some really funny bits. The effects are a little iffy (but the film had a pretty low budget; only $10M - which is high for Korean standards, but still), but the cinematography itself is fabulous. Good film, worth the watch.

jleecullin Jun 30, 2017

Darkly comedic monster movie with original creature design and protagonists worth rooting for.

Jun 27, 2017

I checked out a copy not too long ago and found it didn't play. I went back to my library, told them about it, and was told I'd get a another copy. Well, the new copy I got ALSO didn't work. I tried both copies on two different DVD players and neither read the disc. The other DVDs I've checked out played fine. I'm not going to bother trying for a third copy.

May 01, 2017

This film was alright. Read the the book, its more enjoyable.

Poor acting and implausible plot make this a total snoozefest. Avoid at all costs.

Aug 07, 2016

The DVD copy I checked out is no longer reading. Either it needs cleaning or needs to be replaced.

Feb 14, 2016

Good; a different sort of monster film. Funny parts and action parts and drama parts. I like the family--they seem kind of antagonistic or indifferent towards each other until you see that they really do care.
(Watch with subtitles)

Jan 18, 2015

Yes, indeed. If I were an American I'd be kinda peed-off to find out that The Host was (in part) an angry statement from Koreans about the US Military being in their country.

This film's anti-American message was partly inspired by an actual incident from way back in 2000 where a Korean mortician (working for the US Military in Seoul) was instructed to dump a large amount of formaldehyde down the drain.

The 3-star rating that I gave The Host rests solely on the strength of the fantastic mutant monster and its ferocious appetite, and for nothing else. The actors in this film were atrociously awful, one, and all.

Dec 01, 2014

This is a crazy movie, in a good way. The story is your typical pour something in the river and out comes a monster but they did this really well. At times this movie is a comedy, then super serious, sad and then action. The special effects for the creature are excellent. So that it doesn’t seem like you are watching some 80’s kung fu, turn off the English dubbing and watch it in subtitles, much better and more authentic. Great movie.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Is it a horror film? Well, no...because it has no atmosphere. Is it a comedy? Well, no...because it's not funny. Is it a political statement? Well, no...because there are no real, coherent views expressed. Is it a spoof? Well, no...because there's some effort to remain realistic. Well, must be a new GENRE. Because it so obviously fails at being one of the OLD genres. Let's give it really good reviews, because it breaks the mold. There...that feels better.

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