The Host

Synopsis: A race of non-corporeal, parasitic aliens who go from planet to planet looking for hosts have come to Earth and basically taken over the human race. It's believed that, once inside a body, all memories of the host human are gone. Some few free humans remain hidden from them, forming a resistance group. When an alien Seeker captures a girl named Melanie and puts a Wanderer in her body, she hopes to find out where the remaining humans are gathered, but Melanie, a strong fighter able to converse with the alien in her commandeered body, convinces the Wanderer to say nothing. Disappointed by the lack of progress (though suspecting an empathy for the human), the Seeker informs the Wanderer that she'll be removed and placed in a new host while she herself will enter Melanie. With human lives at risk, Melanie convinces Wanderer to run away and hide out with the humans, but finding them doesn't mean they'll allow an alien presence among them. Jared (Melanie's boyfriend) wants her dead, but Jeb
Director(s): Andrew Niccol
Production: Open Road Films
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min


The Earth is at peace.

There is no hunger.

There is no violence.

The environment is healed.

Honesty, courtesy and kindness

are practiced by all.

Our world has never been more


Only it is no longer our world.

We've been invaded

by an alien race.

They occupy the bodies

of almost all human

beings on the planet.

The few humans

who have survived

are on the run.




Come with us.

We only want to help you.

Please be careful.

Please don't hurt yourself.

We don't want to hurt you.

Like hell!





Barely a bone not broken

or organ ruptured.

I cannot tell you

why she is not dead.

This one wants to live.


I am Healer Fords.

What shall I call you?

You have lived many lives

on many worlds.

A wanderer such as yourself,

there must have been a name.




When will she be able to work?

Not now.

Of course, Healer.





I didn't die.

I didn't die.

That's right.

I'm still here.

Don't think this is yours.

This body is mine.

No, mine.

I don't know how much

you know about this new world.

Almost every human

has been successfully occupied.

As with the other planets

you've inhabited,

we do not change this world.

But experience it.

And perfect it.

What did you think?

Did you think I'd just give up?

However, there are still

pockets of human resistance

that threaten our peace.

Your host was part

of that resistance.

You want me to

locate her memories.

Yes. From those memories,

we can locate other rebels.

Good luck with that.

But I must warn you.

Most humans fade away, but a

rare few fight their occupation.

Her name is Melanie Stryder.

She was born in Louisiana.

Her family escaped the initial

waves of colonization.

But it was only

a matter of time.

Her father was

discovered alone.


He took his life rather than

be taken by our Seekers

and risk the lives

of his children.

Melanie has been on the run

ever since with...

No! Don't say it!

Don't you say it!


I beg you.

Is she resisting?


His name is Jamie Stryder.

I hate you.

If only I could hurt you.

I understand why

you are resistant.

You believe that

the loss of your will

is too great a sacrifice.

But we have to think

of the common good.

Call it whatever you want.

This is murder.


One sound and you die.

Do it. I'd rather die.

That's impossible.

You're human.



Come back!




Look! Look! Look at me! (PANTING)

I'm human.

Just like you.

Get off me.

I'm sorry.

My name is Jared Howe.

I didn't mean to scare you.

I haven't spoken to another

human being in two years.

I'm guessing you haven't been

kissed in a while either.


Melanie Stryder.

I've got someone

waiting for me.

You're not alone?

It's my kid brother.

He's hungry. I ran two hours

to get to this house.

I can give you a ride.

Hey, it's faster than running.

(CHUCKLES) It's even faster

than your running.


Are you gonna pretend like

you didn't feel something just now?

I know you felt that.

Stop that!




What you're doing is wrong.

And you know it.

After meeting Jared Howe,

Melanie and her brother

stayed with him.

They settled in

an abandoned place

yet to be explored

by our souls.

Left, right. (GROANS)

They could almost forget the

invasion happening around them.

You haven't kissed me

since that first night.

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Andrew Niccol

Andrew M. Niccol is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca, S1m0ne, Lord of War, In Time, The Host, and Good Kill. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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