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Adam Chitwood is the Managing Editor for Collider. He's been working for Collider for over a decade, and in addition to managing content also runs point on crafts interviews, awards coverage, and co-hosts The Collider Podcast with Matt Goldberg (which has been running since 2012). He's the creator and author of Collider's "How the MCU Was Made" series and has interviewed Bill Hader about every single episode of Barry. He lives in Tulsa, OK and likes pasta, 90s thrillers, and spending like 95% of his time with his dog Luna.

Gwoemul 2 2012

The combination of political commentary and monster thriller seems to be a classic film model. However, The Host is one of a kind, for it also comes with a tint of black humor, and its director Joon-ho Bong seems to have no intention in making an obscure satire. In the first scenes of The Host, Bong reveals the inspiration for the movie directly to the audience: a real-life incident in 2000 in which an American mortician at Yongsan US military base asked his staff to dump embalming chemicals into the drain. The chemicals eventually found their way to the Han River, a drinking water source for Seoul, and triggered an anti-American trend. The Host kept the record of being the biggest box-office killer in Korean film history until The Thieves (Dong-hun Choi, 2012) broke its record. Its popularity does not entirely come from the blockbusting combo of terror, horror, and social realism, but also come from the resonance that the Korean audience had with the humble background of the featured family.


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