The first footage from Korean creature feature The Host 2 hit the internet a couple of weeks back, and it looks totally incredible. While New Zealand’s Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings) handled the monster effects for the first film, the sequel is keeping the job close to home. Korean-based FX house Macrograph—which has worked on films like Chinese Ghost Story and Soar Into the Sun—is handling effects duties this time around, and from the look of things, there is no drop-off in quality.
The 2012 showreel from Macrograph contains even more new footage from The Host 2. Pay attention about 55 seconds in to see some of what you’ve already seen, but stay tuned at the three-minute mark to see something you haven’t witnessed yet.
Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 horror sci-fi jaunt stands as one of the best giant monster movies in recent memory, and stomped Korean box office records into the ground. Commercial director Park Myeong-chan took over the helm from Bong. Though the stories sound remarkably similar—a family is terrorized by a massive rampaging monster, which forces them to confront their underlying familial problems—that’s fine with me. A giant beast on the warpath is enough to make me forgive just about any story flaws, especially if the monster looks as good as it does in this footage, and fits into the frame as seamlessly as it does.
At the moment there is no official word on when we might get the chance to lay eyes on The Host 2, but after six long years of waiting, we can hold on a little bit longer.