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The Wailing (2016) | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 13

This is easily one of the most terrifying, yet well-done horror films I’ve ever seen. After a rash of brutal murders start to happen after a Japanese man arrives in a small village in South Korea, a cop named Jong-gu (Do Wan Kwak) must figure out why these murders are happening and why a sudden sickness plagues his village. What he discovers is chilling and disturbing.

The acting is incredible, with solid performances by everyone. I have to give special kudos to Hwan-hee Kim, who playsJong-gu’s daughter Hyo-jin. Child actors can be iffy, but she portrayed her character beautifully, as a young girl who is mature beyond her years. As the film goes along, her performance becomes even more impressive.


The Wailing is gorgeous shot, and each scene is packed with dread and tension. The pacing of the film is perfect, and allows the tension and horror to slowly build up to a powerful climax.


If you’re a fan of horror films, you MUST watch The Wailing. Impressive performances, an original story, gorgeous cinematography, excellent pacing, and genuine terror make this an essential watch.

Verdict: 5/5

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