Director: Joon-ho Bong

The best creature feature since Jaws hails from South Korea. In the terrifying opening, a beast rises from the polluted Han River in Seoul, snatches a young girl, and takes her to its lair under Wonhyo Bridge. The rest of the film is concerned with the rescue of the girl, as her family gathers weapons to defeat the fishy abomination.

Balancing jokes, scares, and more than a few jabs at the influence of the American government on Korea, The Host is a satisfying, throwback horror flick. —Ross Scarano