[NeoFilmShop.com] The Wailing (2016) - South Korea
With "The Chaser" and "The Yellow Sea" under his belt, acclaimed director Na Hong-Jin simply outdone himself in the supernatural and genre blending film "The Wailing". What we witness here is something that stays with you long after the credits rolled and the kind of film that requires the audience to think deeper into our own imagination as to what just happened. What we experienced is undoubtedly creepy and absolute evil and it is all the more scary when we continue to dig deeper in both a philosophical level and analysis of good vs evil.
Kwak Do-won is absolutely spot on as the father and cop who is trying to control an out of hand situation affecting his country town. One by one death comes to his fellow villagers and all fingers are pointed to an unknown Japanese stranger (played so brilliantly mysterious manner by veteran Jun Kunimura). When the evil spirits begin to affect his own daughter (played by Kim Hwan-hee), it all gets tense and serious from thereafter.
All in all, "The Wailing" is suitably intense, shocking and painstakingly scary. When the Japanese stranger transform into the devil, we see true evil. Evil is often difficult to spot and it is almost heartfelt when he is confronted by the priest. The look on the priest's eyes set the tone for the rest of the night. It is simply terrifying. We get many mixture of genres in this masterpiece of a film by Na Hong-Jin and by the end of the film, we keep thinking and looking back at the events that just happened. It is that affecting and possibly one of the best horror of the year. I rated it 5/5
Out on DVD at NeoFilmShop.com