First footage arrives for monster sequel The Host 2

News Ryan Lambie 21 Nov 2012 - 10:15

A giant monster attacks a van in the first footage from the South Korean monster sequel, The Host 2...

Back in 2006, The Host saw a gigantic mutant amphibian terrorise the streets and waterways of Seoul, South Korea. The third film from director Bong Joon-Ho, it had the kind of rip-roaring, fast-paced script and special effects you might expect from a Hollywood feature, as well as the kind of characterisation and commentary more commonly seen in an indie drama.

It seems like an eternity since we heard that The Host 2 was in the offing - so long, in fact, that we'd almost forgotten all about it. But in the offing it is, and to prove it, a first clip has appeared online, which showcases the visual effects put together by Korea's own Macrograph studio.

We heard back in 2009 that Bong Joon-Ho wouldn't be returning as writer and director, and that The Host 2 would be presented in 3D. Bong's departure is undeniably disappointing, but if there's one thing we can say for sure, the special effects look great.

There's no official word as to when The Host 2 will come out (it was originally slated for release in summer 2012), but the polished state of the footage below suggests that it may be almost ready.

More on this as we get it.

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Wow.

Lol, the Host was AMAZING! I can't wait for this!

Poor monster, I guess I'd be pissed too if I had a vagina for a mouth :(

Actually Host was Bong's third movie. The first was surreal romantic comedy Barking dogs never bite (2000). All of his 4 feature films are worth checking out, IMO.

Now corrected. Thanks for pointing that out.

Effects are REALLY good, this sounds exciting.

God, the CGI looks TERRIBLE!! I hope they fix that in post production.
The first movie rocked!

Impressive FX or not, I would feel much better if the original director were involved.

"The Host" was the best monster movie in years (and since), so I'm just hoping very strongly that this one will turn out good without Bong Joon-Ho at the helm. This scene looks cool, great CGI, and I'm excited to see it!

This has to be the most realistic monster so far. Rather than realise the effect of its body weight on the wooden structure it stands on, it crushes it easily thinking it would support its weight and actually falls over because it just didnt understand that it wouldnt be able to stand on it. Only bad thing about this scene is that it focuses on one family - the monster should attack anything, not just a family the plot wants it to.

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