12. The Host
From auteur Bong Joon-Ho, The Host is a genuine monster movie at a time when the horror genre has all but left monsters behind — in favor of creepy kids and pervasive demons. (Seriously, is any family not being possessed these days?) The director’s critically acclaimed 2005 science-fiction masterpiece also functions as a dark comedy, an involving family melodrama and a surprisingly sharp satire, reminding us that horror movies can have a political edge. The Host got branded as the “thinking man’s” horror movie, but The Host has something for just about everyone, a box-office sensation in the director’s native Korea. Like the Pang Brothers’ The Eye and Ringu, don’t let the subtitles deter you from one of the smartest genre-benders in recent memory. If only Cowboys and Aliens could’ve been this good.