Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 creature feature, The Host, is the best of the genre to come around in a long, long time. The film smashed Korean box-office records and landed on a number of top 10 lists for the year. Fans have been hotly anticipating The Host 2 for years, and now the first footage from the long-awaited sequel is here to slobber all over.
Commercial director Park Myeong-chan has taken over the reins from Bong, who is hard at work on his English-language debut, the post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer.
New Zealand-based Weta Workshop, the folks who handled the effects for The Lord of the Rings, did a bang-up job on the monster in the original, and the film is a perfect blend of models and CGI. This time around, Macrograph tackles the visuals. They’re behind the likes of A Chinese Ghost Story, Soar Into the Sun, and Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West. And again, they look great.
This clip is definitely what you expect after the first film—monster, family, terror—and that’s just fine. I don’t need them to reinvent the wheel. A giant lizard monster tearing down the highway after a family, wrecking up the joint, is more than enough to satiate me. What more do you want? Maybe a family vacation not interrupted by a mutant killing machine, but I don’t think that is in the cards for these folks.
One of the coolest parts of this video—aside, of course, from a massive beast trying to turn a family into a tasty snack—is when they compare the effects shots side-by-side with the unaltered original frames. It gives you a good idea of what they inserted.
There’s no word yet on a release date for The Host 2, but hopefully we’ll hear something soon. We’ve been waiting a long time; a little while longer won’t kill us.