This weekend, a Stephenie Meyer adaptation will likely top the box office yet again, as The Host, based on the author’s only non-Twilight novel, lands in theaters. A supernatural, dystopian soap opera, the new film stars Saorsie Ronan as Melanie Stryder, the titular vessel for an alien life form that overtakes her body (things get especially tricky when possesser and possessee fall for two different strapping lads, played by Jake Abel and Max Irons). The movie got us thinking about other hosts in cinema, and we decided to keep the definition loose. On our list, the folks in question host game shows, parties, and, yes, troublesome phantom entities. Click on to see who made the cut.
Tim Curry in Clue (1985). If memory serves, who Tim Curry truly plays in Clue is determined by whichever ending you favor most. Is he merely Wadsworth, the butler, or is he in fact Mr. Boddy, the mansion owner who invites Madeline Kahn and company to dine on monkey brains? Whoever he is, this suited Briton plays host and guide to the film’s sextet of suspects, who may not rock their nominal Parker Brothers hues, but show their true colors by film’s end.