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The Host

HD   R

Bong Joon-ho

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About the Movie

When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's big-budget creature feature. Hee-bong is a man of modest means who runs a snack bar on the banks of the River Han. Along with his slow-witted eldest son, Gang-du; Gang-du's young daughter, Hyun-seo; archery champion daughter Nam-joo; and unemployed, shirker son, Nam-il, Hee-Bong has managed to maintain a close relationship with his family despite the hardships that come with being a single father. When a rampaging fiend erupts from the Han and throws the city of Seoul into a state of emergency, Gang-du is heartbroken to see his precious little girl scooped up by the scaly creature and spirited away to an unknown destination. This is one family that always sticks together, though, and as the rest of the city denizens scramble to take cover, Hee-bong, Gang-du, Nam-joo, and Nam-il set out to prove that they're not letting their little girl go without a fight.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 150
  • Fresh: 139
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Individual stories bog down the film's pace, but The Host recovers quickly to redefine horror for the new millennium. This you have to see. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Aug 18, 2007

Fresh: If this madly entertaining movie has a fault, it's that it's too ingenious for the genre it ostensibly inhabits. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: What a pleasure to watch an ambitious horror film that not only frightens but also surprises and engages us completely with its artful shifting of tones. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Sep 1, 2007

Fresh: A perfect mixture of the silly and the grave. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Koreans make the best lovers...

...and monster movies apparently It was crazy awesome :D


Absolutely Terrible. I wish I could give it zero stars.

Fantastic Film

This movie really is spectacular, it's both hilarious and spine-tingling, and the ending is perfect. But a fair warning: this is not your average Hollywood splatter-fest horror film. The violence is kept to a minimum (for an R film), and instead the movie focuses on character. So if you want a movie that makes you care for the characters while killing them, this is the one for you.

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