Week 1 blogging BCM320

Emma's Blog

‘The Host’ (2006) is a South Korean ‘monster film’ directed by Bong Joon-ho that focuses more on a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic brother, rather than an eastern culture horror film. The monster fish was introduced into the film within the first ten minutes, instead of there being a suspenseful build up. I found that the movie itself is no less dexterous, suddenly twisting from horror to comedy with extremely over the top reactions in certain scenes, such as the mourning of Hyun-seo which makes it more of a comedy.

The music in certain scenes could really transform emotions and feelings of the viewers as the music was not dramatic and dark, however it was almost light to make it comedic. The monster movie genre is a product of Hollywood and Japan – it is not a staple of South Korean popular culture. Japanese and the American influence on South…

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