Its opacity ended up being its ultimate selling point as Koreans flocked back to cinemas for repeat viewing. While it may be difficult to get a handle on what is going on at times, there is no denying the slick effectiveness of Na's direction. For a long film, it is also surprisingly engaging and it delivers all the thrills expected of such a film while having a suitably uneasy undertow.
Not good at writting formal/experienced reviews about films. So im just going to say that this film caught me form start to finish, and the interpretation of the end is up to the viewers. Loved it. comedy + fine horror. Not cheap tricks overused in "horror" movies these days.
"The Wailing" is a hyper-stylistic melding of crime-thriller and ritual horror that never fails to perpetuate a terrifying atmosphere in its 2.5 hour runtime; and is reminiscent of "The Exorcist" in the way it shows an unflinching perspective of the dark sides of spirituality. One of the best horrors in recent memory.
Great horror movie. " the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." It was a commentary on both shamanism & Christianity, about spiritual errors and tests of faith. Using religious allegories &cultural references, this film uses supernatural terror and mystery to captive its viewers.