Brussels festival honors ‘Host’

Fantasy film event gives director Golden Raven

The 25th Brussels Festival of Fantasy Film has awarded South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s monster movie “The Host” its top prize, the Golden Raven.

Pic revolves around a mutant that emerges from Seoul’s Han River spreading terror and panic in its wake. International jury, presided over by gore maestro Brian Yuzna, praised pic for creating a “great monster.”

Silver Ravens went to New Zealander Jonathan King’s “Black Sheep” and South Koran Cho Dong-Ho’s “The Restless.” Jury described former, about a flock of crazed sheep, as “splaterrific fun.”

The Public Prize went to Japanese Shusuke Kaneko’s “Death Note,” an adaptation of a popular manga series, which knocked “The Da Vinci Code” from the top slot in the Japanese box office last year.

Austrian Andreas Prochaska’s “Dead in 3 Days,” about a group of high school pals targeted by a mystery killer, won the Silver Melies for best European feature film.

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