Sunday, October 30, 2016

THE WAILING (Well Go Blu-ray) - South Korean Spooky Possession Horror With a Twist of "What the Fuck".

I truly enjoyed The Wailing. It's a Korean Horror movie set in modern times that focuses on the possession of a child and her family's attempt to save her. Sounds like an all too familiar story doesn't it? If this movie had been shot in the United States I'd say yes, but this Asian Horror movie. It doesn't have the same set of stereotypes, shooting flaws and lack of originality that we've been forced to deal with as major release, Hollywood Horror tries to grab the cash with both hands on demonic possession flicks involving children for years. Instead a strong cast backs up a novel twist on the possession tale involving various attempts to free the child  using spiritual ritual that resembles an exorcism rite of a fanatical, fringe belief system.

The Wailing has violent moments that are strong but does not rely on vomit and gratuity to sell the evil on screen. The family we follow who is forced to deal with the possession of their child feels very real. They are flawed. They are believable especially the father who is beside himself and yet on a mission to make things right. The aggressive performance by his daughter in the film is far from comical and will leave you feeling just as hopeless as the characters on screen. Both the individual at the root cause of the possession and the Shaman who tries to save the little girl offer strong performances that are unique characters, the likes of which I really haven't seen before on screen.

You'll think you know how The Wailing is going to end, but I'm fairly certain you'll be wrong. The whole movie can be difficult to watch at times, but that's truly part of its strength. It's a long movie, but it never feels it.

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From Well Go:

In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals - suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason. As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers - unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.

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