The Wailing

The Wailing ★★★★

No surprise here: there's a surprise around every corner of this wild beast. The goofy small-town copping makes it difficult to acclimatise to a story where it appears that you know what's going on already, but once it takes flight in its middle hour, there's an incredibly disconcerting and vulnerable horror movie in there. The rock-solid centre begins to crumble under the weight of a triple-twist (???, difficult to say) that veers off into total nihilism, which is perfect for this and also perfectly undisciplined. Still, lots to love here: the intensity of the shamanic sequences manage to sync up your heartbeat to the action, the characters are all clumsy and react pretty much how your average joe would to being attacked by a vicious, stumbling flesh-chomper, and the central child performance is among the best since Linda Blair sicked her way onto the scene.

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