K-voodoo: I saw the devil

28 11 2016

The Wailing is a long, intense horror flick which mines an interesting seam of Korean culture, its pre-Confucian shaman beliefs. In this battle of light and dark, a mudang – or witch doctor – is bought into a small Korean town to do battle with a force of evil emanating – or is it? – from a strange old man who lives on a nearby mountain. Its a strange, ambiguous and compelling movie with some well-executed shocks, some extraordinary scenes that seem to have almost come out of a (great) anthropological doco, a few very dark laughs and a lingering question posed at the end…definitely worth a look.

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