Monster of the Day #451

Nom nom nom.

  • Flangepart

    When bait attacks!

  • The Rev.

    Man, this was just great stuff.  Even the lady of the house loved it, and she’s not the biggest giant monster movie fan by any means (I’ve mentioned her habit of falling asleep during them, I believe.)

  • The winner and still champ of “Best Monster Movie Ever Made.”

  • Gamera977

    I consider myself a kaiju fan and yet I still have not seen this film :(

  • Yawn. I found the film greatly over-rated. The basic mood of the film seems to have been “what if George Romero directed a giant monster movie?” I say that not based on gore or anything like that, which is what people assume I mean, but rather the tone, mood, flow, and pace of the film. It seemed to be Romero’s structure, just featuring and Oriental setting and characters. I still believe giant monster movies to be very basic animals, and they benefit from a straight-on telling and structure (there’s a reason the giant monster movies of the 50’s/early 60’s still hold up so well today, while most of those that came since have faded from memory).

  •  YOU MUST!

  • Flangepart

    Good film. I just had to adapt to the different sounds of the language. I like to hear films in the original language, to catch more of the actor’s own emotional input.
    It’s a challenge for a ‘one tongue’ speaker.

  • Gamera977

    YES SIR!!!!

    Seriously, I generally agree with Rock but still I’ve heard enough good reviews about this movie and DVDs are cheap enough now I have to give it a try.

  • For a short time, I had a Mexican station that for some unknown reason aired this old genre flick in widescreen, so I taped it. Unique experience, watching an Italian barbarian movie dubbed into Spanish! (Fortunately, I knew enough genre convictions to still follow it without knowing what was being said.)

  • Oh, it’s worth a look. Who knows, you may not be as underwhelmed as I was. If I listened to other people’s opinions on movies all the time, I would have missed out on some real gems!

  • Ghoyle1

    Dn’t know what this is from.

  • It’s called THE HOST, a Thai (?) film of recent vintage that was actually afforded a US theatrical release.

  •  And I have no idea what the title is supposed to mean in relation to the story.

  • Beckoning Chasm

     I would have sworn The Host was from Korea.  I guess I don’t know for sure, though.

  • The Rev.

    BC is correct.  It’s a Korean film.

  • The Rev.

    My guess was it referred to the cover story the military was using to effect the quarantine.  (Trying not to say too much for those who haven’t seen it.)

  • Scott Hamilton

    The original Korean title just translates to “monster,” in the most generic sense. The movie had the English title “The Host” from early in pre-production, so my guess is it was chosen by people who didn’t really understand all the connotations that term has in English. (Also, when the first special effects stuff done by Weta and the Orphanage leaked, I got the impression from the accompanying stories that the monster was going to share certain attributes with the monster from The Relic. So maybe “The Host” refers to an earlier incarnation of the script.)