The Wailing (Goksung) Reviews

Page 1 of 5
July 3, 2020
Na Hong-jin takes elements of zombies, black magic, ghosts, and possession stories, synthesizes these staid tropes in unique ways, and creates a visceral, moving film that is simultaneously hideous and exquisite, heart-breaking and horrifying.
March 13, 2020
The Wailing is worth every second of its 156 minute run time.
February 6, 2020
I can say enthusiastically that The Wailing is an astonishing film that manages to truly unnerve and entertain in equal measure.
April 6, 2019
Na Hong-jin directs and pens an agonizing thriller, building the tension gradually as the story progresses, until the utterly shocking finale, which is, probably, the film's greatest sequence.
December 8, 2018
Maybe there are dozens of Korean films exploring religious horror and clashing traditional religions with the Catholic faith, but I've never seen them. And that set me up to be equal parts riveted and terrified.
November 2, 2018
It has a unique and intricate plot that will keep you hooked through to the end, which is impressive considering it is over two and a half hours long.
November 1, 2018
Whether taking on the form of a brutish action film or a religious-tinged psychological thriller, the skill and boldness of Na give "The Wailing" a consistency it likely wouldn't have otherwise, eager to entertain even if it doesn't entirely add up.
October 30, 2018
The Wailing lives up to its title, puts South Korea back on the horror genre map and I cannot recommend this film enough. Believe the hype. I loved this hideous thing.
August 25, 2018
The Wailing's is a world where histories, identities, cultures, realities and generic codes and conventions collapse in spectacular, unforgettable style.
January 20, 2018
... more than a horror film, Na Hong-jin's third film (The Casher, The Yellow Sea) is an alloy of genres... [Full review in Spanish]
September 27, 2017
... although overlong and not without flaws, there is enough in The Wailing to warrant a viewing, and the subtle force of the film confirms Na Hong-jin's reputation as a director to be reckoned with.
August 15, 2017
The film is exquisitely wrought, with a deep focus that draws the eye into the frame.
March 17, 2017
The film stands out for being a singular work that has a great visual impact with masterful frames and an interesting use of color. [Full review in Spanish]
March 15, 2017
There's something deeply sinister going on in The Wailing and I'm reluctant to divulge too much, because this is a film that's best enjoyed without prior knowledge of what's in store.
March 14, 2017
Although the result is below The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, it's still a good example of the genre cinema of that origin. [Full review in Spanish]
January 19, 2017
The reasons to see this are Na's expert buildup of sickening dread.
December 27, 2016
Very crazy, very Korean, very long: 156 minutes of murder, diabolism, exorcism and things that go bump by day and night.
December 20, 2016
In just three films, Na Hong-jin has emerged as one of South Korean cinema's best kept secrets.
December 17, 2016
As great as any horror movie of the 2010s to date.
December 16, 2016
Packed with everything from gorgeously moody landscapes to an increasingly dark atmosphere.
Page 1 of 5