In horror film -- as in so many things, really -- it's the small touches that count. Like while watching The Host, Joon-ho Bong's creature feature that's catapulted to the South Korean box office record books thanks to a mix of social commentary and serious monster action. I noted during a quiet moment with the monster that Bong's tadpole leviathan had a small bouquet of misshapen, deformed paw-lets sprouting from one of his feet. And I thought: Nice. After all, the thing is a mutant. ...

And it's a pretty mean mutant, too: Spawned by the careless disposal of formaldehyde from the U.S. Military base's morgue, leaping from the Han river to flash and slash through screaming crowds, stuffing humans into it's maw, retreating to a sewer-based lair to feast on victims dead and yet-living. It's a pretty unique creation, and all props go to San Francisco's The Orphanage FX house for creating such a nicely slick CGI beastie -- and to Bong for having the courage to set many scenes with the beast in full daylight.