If you read my ‘Best Of 2016’ list, then you know that the Korean horror film The Wailing sat proudly atop it. There wasn’t much I could find wrong with this movie – except that I felt uncomfortable every time they called the stranger in the town ‘The Jap’. Speaking of uncomfortable, no scene in recent memory (except maybe something in Baskin) made me as uncomfortable and creeped out as the exorcism scene in The Wailing.
If you haven’t seen the movie, then I maybe wouldn’t watch the following clip. But, if you are the type that likes things spoiled for them – then by all means click away!
I don’t know much about exorcisms or the right/wrong way to conduct them, but dammit if that shaman wasn’t giving it his all! You get an ‘A’ for effort, my good man. More specifically, this whole scene gets an ‘A’ as the back and forth scenes between the shaman attempting to exorcise a demon from the little girl and the stranger (or Jap) performing his own ritual to try and stop it are about as mesmerizing and creepy as filmmaking can get. Literally felt hypnotized as I watched this. And then felt uneasy and dirty because it gave me the creeps and I felt the need for a shower afterwards. Please see The Wailing if you haven’t already, and please hire that shaman if you need some good exorcism work done!
2016 is about to come to an end. That’s sounds somewhat ominous, but if we’re talking about horror movies then it can be looked at as both a celebration and a reflection. A celebration of the movies that made us jump up and down with glee – and a reflection on the movies that made us throw something violently at the screen while watching them. Let’s start with some celebrating though and get into my Top 5 Horror Movies Of 2016! Continue reading →