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The Wailing (2016/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B+

In a quiet remote Korean village, when a series of gruesome murders has the police stumped, as the town people begin to talk, rumors begin to grow. Everything started when a Japanese man came to town. A policeman finds himself personally involved when his daughter gets 'possessed'. He hires a shaman to exorcist the demon, but is he there to help or only piss off the demon even more? Thus begins Hong-jin Na's 2.5+ hour terror epic The Wailing (2016).

When a series of murders go unsolved, rumors, gossip, paranoia, and fear become the enemy of the police. These rumors of supernatural forces are blamed when the police can find more bodies than answers. Between a mysterious woman, Korean shaman and Japanese man, each one blames the other, but who is the real culprit? As the policeman become more desperate to find a cure for his daughter, he will do anything save her (and her sanity). But is the man they suspect really guilty or innocent? And will he stop the witch hunt ...or join them?

This was your typical supernatural horror movie, albeit one that somehow justifies its length. In a remote town, something happens and police are powerless, a paranoid mob can sometimes be just as dangerous if not more of a killer when it becomes a witch hunt. It teaches people not to superstitious or to be ignorant, specially if you are a cop/man of the law, of you care/dare to believe.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is pretty good throughout if not always stunning, but the Korean/Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is really smart, articulate and active, which increases the impact of the story. Extras include the Beginning of the Wailing, a Making of the film featurette and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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