Nightmare Fuel: The Host
The Korean film:
- When the trapped Hyun-seo and Se-joo witness the creature regurgitating a very large load of human bones and dead bodies back down into the sewer.
- When the monster goes to swallow Hyun-seo and Se-joo, and it cuts to black while all we hear is Hyun-seo screaming.
The book by Stephanie Meyer:
- The very concept. What isn't scary about the idea of your entire family, including babies, being taken over by aliens and creating a "paradise" that's almost completely devoid of meaningful conflict or emotion?
- The entire Soul species runs on such an extreme Blue and Orange Morality, they can't even consider any possible alternative. When the See-Weeds committed mass suicide to not be controlled, the Souls are completely unable to understand why anyone would do that. So, not only they are more than able to infest and replace an entire civilization, they are sentient and yet you can't reason with them. They are Always Lawful Devoid Of Empathy/Evil.
- Even scarier - just think about being imprisoned in your own body as a Puppeteer Parasite takes over your life, including your love life. Sure, hosts tend to stay in the same job their hosts to avoid attracting too much attention, and they also tend to fall in love with people their hosts would also find appealing, but that's not always the case (Exhibit A: Wanderer). On the other hand, host's personalities tend to fade over time, depending on how strong their minds are, but that isn't always the case either (Exibit B: Melanie). Now, imagine being forced to watch as someone else completely deconstructs your life to fit their requirements and their talents, not yours. Imagine being forced to have sex with someone you did not choose, but "the other you" did. And imagine that, unlike Melanie and Wanda, "the other you" is not your friend. Pardon me, I'll be sucking my thumb in my bomb shelter...
- Kyle's attempted murder on Wanda certainly counts. No matter how anyone tries to spin it, Kyle is rather..unhinged, and his attack on Wanda was brutal, and his methods unnecessarily forceful and crude. He tried to drown the girl, and the entire scene was played out as a struggle that Wanda was barely winning. Had the floor not caved in, or rather, had Ian not arrived in time, Wanda could very well have been killed by Kyle over his own inability to let things go.
- When a few of the humans start warming up to Wanderer, she has difficulty accepting this, and reminds one of these humans that in reality, she is a small parasitic worm. She tells the human (paraphrasing) "if you could hold me, the real me, in your hand, you'd throw me to the ground and ground me under your heel" — a pretty disturbing mental image in itelf, given that, alien parasite or no, we're talking about a self-aware, sapient being. Even worse, the human has to pause and then replies, "not if I knew it was you" — to which Wanderer responds by pointing out that the human would have no way of telling her apart from any other "Soul". The human has no good response to this. That's... pretty dang dark, and disturbing — the humans certainly have excellent reasons to hate the Souls, but it's still disturbing to see "what measure is a non human" in effect to such a huge extent, especially since the narrative makes it very easy to see the exchange from Wanderer's perspective.
- On a happier note, later in the book, this exchange sets up an *awesome* Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when Wanderer's statement is put to the test.
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