Unfortunately, it is a rare pleasure to encounter a horror film which is actually frightening.
It takes a highly skilful balancing act to present supernatural elements in a form which resonate with an audience. Considering the huge array of material released as horror since film production began, we can confidently say that very few directors have managed this challenge successfully. For this reason, decade after decade, the same film titles dominate best ever lists.
Thankfully, we can now include The Wailing on those lists.
Na Hong-jin’s mosaic narrative ratchets up the suspician, distrust and confusion amongst villagers beset by an indecipherable malevolent presence. A fascinating blend of modern times and ancient Korean mythology, The Wailing thrills and confounds. You will be left not only needing a change of underwear, but also a little more enlightened to age-old Asian sorcery.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is horror done right!
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact the director meticulously planned for viewers by watching trailers or reading spoilers. But for those of you who cannot resist…
Title: Gok-seong aka The Wailing
Director: Na Hong-jin
Year/Country: 2016, South Korea
Stars: Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee (click here for full cast)
Screenplay: Na Hong-jin
Cinematography: Hong Kyung-pyo
Editing: Kim Sun-min
Score: Jang Young-gyu
Languages: Korean, Japanese