"The function of life is survival."
Whether you love the works of best-selling author Stephenie Meyer or not, there's no denying the incredible influence her Twilight series of books, and the movies based on them, has had on the horror genre and vampires, in particular. Meyer's tale of the star-crossed lovers Edward and Bella transformed the concept of vampires as unholy, unclean monsters to be feared and reviled into beautiful, tragic creatures capable of undying love. And, if the new movie based on one of her books, The Host, is successful, Meyer might well accomplish the same thing with alien invaders that she accomplished with vampires, ushering in a new wave of romantic alien possession movies.
Until then, we are left with the legacy of the invading lifeforms that want to take over our bodies and minds in alien possession movies being the stuff of nightmares, rather than of fairy tales: malevolent, insidious, revolting creatures that you would much rather terminate than take out on a date. Help us rank the creepiest, the scariest, the all-around best movies about alien possession.
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Posted 03.04.13 by BrentJS
The only way to properly send off one massively popular movie franchise is to start another.
The Twilight Saga comes to a close this weekend with the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, so where will the fanbase turn for more fantastical love triangles between beautiful young characters from completely different worlds? Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is hoping that fans look no further than the upcoming adaptation of The Host, based on her novel of the same name. All Meyer and writer-director Andrew Niccol (In Time) will have to do is sell Twilight fans on a sci-fi story that involves humanity being possessed by invading alien "souls," while still utilizing a tragic central character who has two men in love with her. Should be easy. After all, if Meyer can create a rabid franchise by dabbling in the world of vampires and werewolves, why can't she find the same success in the world of parasitic alien creatures who take over human souls? fall for the latest trailers
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Update: It turns out, the rumors were true. Stephenie Meyer did bring 5 minutes of her upcoming movie to the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 panel. The clip started with a montage that gave some background on several characters including Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) and Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) Stryder, and finished up with a short action sequence.
The Breaking Dawn - Part 2 panel will start shortly at Comic-Con, and rumor has it that Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer has something big planned for the event.
According to Deadline, Meyer's surprise has something to do with her upcoming sci-fi movie, The Host. The movie just wrapped a few weeks ago, so many are hoping that she will be showing fans a sneak peek of some footage. It would certainly be an excellent opportunity to get fans from her Twilight franchise, which is coming to an end with this final movie, excited about her new project.
Posted 07.12.12 by Mandy
Up until now, the most we’ve seen from the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel The Host has been a couple movie stills and a teaser trailer that was void of any actual footage from the movie, but now we have our first look at The Host, courtesy of MTV News.
The clip includes short interviews with Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Meyer herself, where she talks about a "cave scene," from what we have gathered is a critical part in the movie. Fans of the book will know the reference. If you haven’t read the book, like us, here’s a helpful synopsis:
The Host is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love. watch the set video >> Posted 05.29.12 by Chris
Author Stephenie Meyer is, of course, best known for her Twilight series about vampires and werewolves and love. But she doesn't just write about the supernatural and romance. She has a book about aliens and romance, too.
Meyer's follow-up to The Twilight Saga was The Host, which she describes as "science fiction for people who don't like science fiction." The story takes place in a world where humans have become hosts to unseen invaders. These aliens take over the humans' minds while leaving their bodies intact.
A movie based on the book is due out at the end of March 2013, and the first pics have been released. More surprisingly, the first trailer for the movie has just arrived online, as well. "But wait," you may ask, "didn't The Host just start shooting? How did they already cut a trailer?" Well it turns out that sometimes, if you're clever, you can cut a trailer without any footage from the movie at all. Watch the trailer and see the pics >> Posted 03.22.12 by Mandy
Deadline reports that German actress Diane Kruger (Unknown, Inglourious Basterds) is in talks to play The Seeker in the upcoming movie adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's other novel, The Host. Her character is "a member of 'the souls' who have invaded Earth and taken control of the planet's inhabiting humans."
Kruger will star alongside Saoirse Ronan who plays Melanie, The Wanderer and rebel soul, as well as William Hurt and Max Irons. more about The Host Posted 01.23.12 by reelz
Twilight fans have to be lamenting that the franchise is coming to an end, but, luckily, there's another potential franchise to fill the void. The Host, based on Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's 2008 novel of the same name will start shooting next February and will be in theaters on March 29, 2013 — a mere four months after The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters.
While still exploring the theme of romance, The Host abandons vampires for an unseen alien race called Souls, who have taken over most of humanity by inhabiting their bodies as hosts. Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) is one of the few remaining survivors, but is finally captured and is invaded by a Soul named the Wanderer, a.k.a. Wanda (also played by Ronan), who can't gain complete control of Melanie's mind. Ian (Jake Abel) falls for Wanda, who, as Melanie, is still in love with Jerad (the recently cast Max Irons). It's an all-new, but more complicated, love triangle!
With the three leads cast, EW reports that co-screenwriter Meyer and director-writer Andrew Niccol (In Time) have cast actor William Hurt as Jeb, Melanie's crazy uncle and a leader of the human resistance.
Meyer is said to be planning two sequels to The Host, titled The Soul and The Seeker, but a sequel is yet to be published. benjamin bratt gets Snitch'd on >> Posted 12.08.11 by Ryan
Just days ago, writer-director Quentin Tarantino added four new cast members to his upcoming, anti-slavery "Southern" movie Django Unchained, and it doesn't look like he's done casting just yet.
THR reports Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) has been cast in a "minor but showy role" of a quirky gambler.
In the movie, a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) works to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a sadistic slave owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Cohen's character will purchase Washington much to his misfortune. Steve Carell to play a soccer dad; Max Irons lands coveted The Host role >> Posted 11.12.11 by Ryan
Pretty soon, Hollywood is going to run out of moments to use for movies from late President Richard Nixon's life, but not yet.
Only three years removed from 2008's Academy Award–nominated Frost/Nixon, which focused on a series of post-Watergate television interviews Nixon gave to British TV personality David Frost, the latest project showcases Nixon's infamous White House meeting with Elvis Presley. Appropriately titled Elvis & Nixon, the movie was co-written by actor Cary Elwes, who will also make his directorial debut. Eric Bana (Funny People, Hulk) is set to play Elvis, while Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) will play Nixon.
ComingSoon reports that international rights have already been sold for Elvis & Nixon, which should start lensing soon in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Los Angeles. owen gets Recall; Jake Abel falls for an alien spirit >> Posted 11.10.11 by Ryan
A release date has been set for a new movie based on a Stephenie Meyer book. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view) this one doesn't involve vampires.
Open Road Films, an upstart distributor, announced today it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the movie adaptation of Meyer's 2008 "adult" novel The Host and will release the movie March 29, 2013.
According to Open Road, principal photography is scheduled to start in February 2012 in Louisiana and New Mexico. The sci-fi movie stars Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones) and is being written and directed by Andrew Niccol. read the synopsis >> Posted 06.27.11 by Chris