The Host (Gwoemul)

The Host (Gwoemul)

The Host (Gwoemul)

South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, the nation’s champion of satire & absurdist humour, has delivered their biggest ever hit with The Host. Hailed by critics as an instant classic – a monster movie described as a “multilayed horror comedy drama”.


A US military idiot dumps expired toxic waste into the Han River – giving birth to a massive, virus infecting creature. One pleasant afternoon on the river bank, the creature surfaces and an orgy of death and destruction ensues. During the attack a young girl - Hyun-Seo - is swooped up by the monster. The girl’s highly dysfunctional family come together to try and retrieve Hyun-Seo when the authorities refuse to help.

2006Rating: R13, contains violence, horror scenes & offensive language119 minsSouth KoreaEnglish, Korean with English subtitles
AdventureComedyScience FictionThriller
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Reviews & comments

Movie with Seoul

Love the way the Koreans can laugh at themselves for all the things they take so seriously in day to day life.

5.0
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Very funny & quite scary... has a different slant from most films, highly recommended

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film begins with a truly inspired bit of filmmaking... A pleasant summer afternoon on the banks of the river turns into an orgy of death and destruction when the creature surfaces and comes ashore. This is one of the strongest widespread panic segments ever witnessed in a horror film. The terror of the day-trippers by the river and the ensuing pandemonium is set to Lee Byeong-Wu's excellent pounding score. And there's no skimping on the monster: Bong doesn't try to create an air of mystery -- or explain its existence... He just gets to it...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic...

0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

The perfect blockbuster...

4.0
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Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Joon-Ho's epic is a masterpiece of monster cinema that's intelligent, innovative, and reaches down to the basic core of family unity to propel its story beyond mere conventions of science fiction...

5.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll jump, you’ll ask Hollywood for your money back. Seek it out...

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

As well as some impressively frightening special effects (partly provided by New Zealand's Weta Workshop) and a suitably grey, foreboding visual palette, writer-director Bong Joon-ho also excels in creating a host of well-rounded and likeable characters...

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

A couple of lower-grade effects shots aside, the film looks wonderful - particularly the initial daylight catastrope - while the signature Korean genre-twisting will keep everyone on their toes. The cast sell their characters' cruel and extraordinary tale with verve, and the monster - brought to weighty and menacing life by the effects teams behind Lord Of The Rings and Babe - is a memorably deadly addition to the creature hall of fame...

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film begins with a truly inspired bit of filmmaking... A pleasant summer afternoon on the banks of the river turns into an orgy of death and destruction when the creature surfaces and comes ashore. This is one of the strongest widespread panic segments ever witnessed in a horror film. The terror of the day-trippers by the river and the ensuing pandemonium is set to Lee Byeong-Wu's excellent pounding score. And there's no skimping on the monster: Bong doesn't try to create an air of mystery -- or explain its existence... He just gets to it...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic...

0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

The perfect blockbuster...

4.0
0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Joon-Ho's epic is a masterpiece of monster cinema that's intelligent, innovative, and reaches down to the basic core of family unity to propel its story beyond mere conventions of science fiction...

5.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll jump, you’ll ask Hollywood for your money back. Seek it out...

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

As well as some impressively frightening special effects (partly provided by New Zealand's Weta Workshop) and a suitably grey, foreboding visual palette, writer-director Bong Joon-ho also excels in creating a host of well-rounded and likeable characters...

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

A couple of lower-grade effects shots aside, the film looks wonderful - particularly the initial daylight catastrope - while the signature Korean genre-twisting will keep everyone on their toes. The cast sell their characters' cruel and extraordinary tale with verve, and the monster - brought to weighty and menacing life by the effects teams behind Lord Of The Rings and Babe - is a memorably deadly addition to the creature hall of fame...

4.0
0

Movie with Seoul

Love the way the Koreans can laugh at themselves for all the things they take so seriously in day to day life.

5.0
0

Very funny & quite scary... has a different slant from most films, highly recommended

4.0
0