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The Wailing Is the Spookiest Movie on Netflix

The Wailing Is the Spookiest Movie on Netflix

What to Watch on NetflixThe Wailing Is the Spookiest Movie on Netflix

Get ready for Halloween with one of the scariest Korean movies out there.

October is here, which means the convenience store aisles are filled with cobwebs and candy corn, and, if you’re like me, you’re watching an entire month of horror movies. If you’re looking to fill your Netflix queue up with grisly tales of spooks, murders, and monsters, you should immediately add The Wailing. This fantastic 2016 Korean film manages to combine a series of familiar horror movie tropesâ€"zombie outbreak, demonic possession, ghostly visitations, and moreâ€"into something surprisingly original. And, of course, scary as hell.

The Wailing opens with schlubby police officer Jong-goo (Kwak Do-won) investigating a brutal murder in a small Korean town. And then another brutal murder. And then another. This amount of killing is unheard of in the small town, but the police try to shrug off. “Apparently he ate some fucked-up mushrooms,” is an explanation for one gorey killing. But as the bodies pile up, and the killers start exhibiting feral, zombie-like symptoms, the town realizes something is seriously wrong. They start to whisper a theory. It’s all the doing of “the Japanese guy,” a mysterious foreign stranger who lives in the woods. Jong-goo is dismissive of the theory, even when a witness says he saw the Japanese man wearing only a diaper and feasting on a dead deer in the middle of the forest. (“Why go into the woods to treat incontinence?” one of the cops says, focusing on the diaper detail.) But soon Jong-goo starts having nightmares about the man, and then the horror hits home: his daughter becomes possessed. “I’m go nna kill all of you,” the little girl shouts.

This is only the first arc of The Wailing, one of the few horror movies that can be accurately described as epic. There are a whole host of twists and turns still to come, as well as a brilliant performance from Hwang Jung-min as a rockstar shaamâ€"he wears a turtleneck and blazer looking like the CEO of a mystic startupâ€"who performs a series of visually stunning exorcisms and rituals. In general, the film features both lush landscape shots and arresting horror images like a bird drowned in a vat of soy sauce. Why did this demon or evil ghost or whatever it is seek out Jong-goo’s daughter? “If you go fishing, do you know what you'll catch?” the shaman says. “No.” “He's just fishing. Not even he knows what he'll catch. He just threw out the bait, and your daughter took it.”

At just over two-and-a-half-hours long, The Wailing definitely takes its time, yet you could never descr ibe it as a slow burn. This is a horror film that jumbles up ghosts, zombies, body horror, Eastern exorcism, Christian mythology, demonic curses, creepy children, and a lot more into one sustained narrative. This description may make it sound like the movie is a messy mash-up, but director Na Hong-jin ties it all together seamlessly. Instead of being a mess, the combination of tropes makes each individual one feel both fresh and terrifying.

Source: Google News Movie

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