The Wailing

00ba897d-bbf6-4493-be80-b0b3a78f181cThis week something terribly unfortunate happened. I was in the middle of creating some digital art for this post, when suddenly the app crashed and stopped working. After a few panic-stricken minutes, I finally got the app to open again to be met by the horror that the app had wiped itself clean and deleted everything, including the piece I was working on (literally could have cried). Over 200 digital drawings gone and all the brush settings reset. The only thing to remember them by is thumbnails saved on my computer and the saddest thing is there where pieces I hadn’t completed yet. They’re just thumbnails now that can never be finished or opened on the app as a digital drawing again. They will forever be incomplete. So, what has this got to do with this review? Well, it mostly affects the art work for the review, because now all the brushes have reset back to their default settings, which makes them kind of awkward to use. I will eventually get the brush settings back to the way I like them, but that’s going to involve a lot of trial and error. In the meantime, I hope you still enjoy my more resourceful approach to digital art.

Getting back to the film, The Wailing is a South Korean horror movie about a police officer (Jong-goo) who is investigating a series of strange violent attacks and murders, that all involve the offender falling ill with a mysterious sickness before committing the crime. Soon into the investigation Jong-goo hears rumours of witchcraft and a terrifying naked man attacking people in the woods and eating raw flesh. Things rapidly go downhill for Jong-goo when his young daughter contracts the mysterious illness and doctors tell him they can do nothing. This leads to Jong-goo enlisting the help of a shaman and things take a bit of a demonic turn. Will the shaman be able to cure Jong-goo’s daughter or will it all end in tragedy?

The Wailing completely took me by surprise, I really wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. I went into this movie expecting it to be just another demon horror movie. The sort of film where a demon shows up and torments a family then possesses someone. Everyone freaks out and they call for the Padre or a paranormal fighting duo to come exercise the demon. You know, the type that are filled with jump scares and clichés and sends your heart racing. Luckily, The Wailing has a little more to it than that and is not your run of the mill demon themed horror movie.

You may be thinking now, what does this film have that all other demon movies don’t have? The answer to that question is suspense, breath-taking scenery and a rather unique storyline with one hell of a plot twist. The Wailing is a bit of a slow starter, but when it gets going glob does it suck you in. Between wanting to see if Jong-goo solves the mystery and finds the true cause of the sickness and sitting in suspense, waiting to find out if the daughter survives, this film gets you totally invested in the plot. The amazing scenes of greenery and countryside on top of that, just really holds your attention, keeping you glued to the screen.

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 My face after losing all those drawings. It also aged about 20 years in that moment.  

The brilliant twist and mind screw at the end, truly puts the cherry on the cake. I for one certainly didn’t see it coming and while viewing the last part of the film, I was in a state of confusion, wonder and awe watching the tale spin and mystery unravel. At one point, I was completely baffled over who was actually the evil one and really couldn’t tell. Both possibilities seemed equally as untrustworthy and both were creepy as fudge, with a presence that screamed evil.

Which takes me to my next point, like all good horror films The Wailing was incredibly creepy and really leaves a lasting impression on you. Meaning it could quite possibly keep you up at night, checking and rechecking that all the windows and doors of locked and secured. There’s just something about a naked demonic feral person, running around, eating raw deer and attacking people, that’s pretty terrifying. Not to mention, the horror of being attacked by a possessed extremely violent 9-year-old (you can’t punch a child, so not sure how you’d defend yourself against that one). Making this film pretty scary to watch at times.

The Wailing isn’t without its flaws, the biggest flaw being the excessive use of foul language (in the subbed version at least). This may seem like an overreaction to a bit of swearing, but it really isn’t the case. Truth be told I usually wouldn’t care about swearing or even notice there was swearing. However, this film goes a little too far with the strong language, like even the kid was swearing obscenely. It seemed as if they couldn’t even make it through a sentence without swearing, which really killed the atmosphere of certain scenes. Maybe in the subbed version someone got a little carried away when creating the subtitles and the actual version it isn’t as bad. But glob that amount of swearing really wasn’t necessary.

There are also a few strange bible references throughout this film, which may put off some viewers. But considering the ending of this film, those references are more like well hidden clues to how the film was going to end and who was actually the evil one. So, you can’t really cringe too hard at them. However, you could probably cringe rather hard at the acting from some of the minor characters. Their overacting is quite comical at times, but mostly it’ll have you holding your head in your hand and shaking your head in distaste. In saying that, the acting of those in the main roles more than makes up for this.

Overall, The Wailing is quite a good horror movie. It does have its shortcomings, but in whole it’s an interesting and very exciting watch. With its plot twists and interesting concept of how demonic possession works, The Wailing will really grab your attention. If you fancy a change from your typical demon horror movie like The Conjuring or The Exorcist and don’t mind reading subtitles, I would recommend giving this film a try. It quite the creepy watch and will please the lovers of horror.

Rating: 3.5/5

Devilish Things We’ve All Tried in Videogames

thumbnail_892645c3-a397-4931-b2c0-472eb954c4c0You don’t have to be hugely into videogames to know that there are just some games, that are a lot more fun when played badly. By this, I mean not playing the game properly and completely messing about. Whether it be that you’re bored and arsing around is more amusing, than the actual game or whether you just want to test the limits of the game. I think we can all agree, that videogame devilment can be a hell of a lot of fun. (The King of Cheese has returned)

Before I get stuck into that, I’d like to point out that this post was originally, going to be about the evil things we all do in videogames. But that list quickly became really disturbing and sounded very much like videogame sadism. So, I had to downgrade to devilment (really didn’t fancy getting kick off WordPress, for describing the twisted things that can be done in videogame. Even though we’ve all done them). However, videogame devilment is just as funny, so without further delay, I give to you.

The Devilish Things We Have All Done in Videogames

1-Using Your Teammates for Target Practice:
We’ve all been on incredibly boring missions or gotten a little curious and decided to test out weapons on your computerised teammates. Most of the time, this has absolutely no effect on your oblivious non-reactive teammates. But if you’re lucky, sometimes the game turns against you and fights back. Making that boring mission, a hell of a lot more interesting.

thumbnail_82616da9-b71c-4fe7-aabd-e5b46c9d1dc32-Horribly Mistreating Sims:
I think it’s safe to say, that anyone who has ever played Sims has done this. From trapping sims in rooms and starving them, to not letting the sims out of the pool. We’ve all been a little cruel to the sims and probably in more creative ways than I described. But in everyone’s defence, the game makes it hard not to mistreat the sims, even just a little and almost encourages at times. Like don’t create a giant sim eating cow-plant in your game, if you don’t want me to feed a sim or 2 to it every so often.

3-Driving on The Sidewalk:
Because why drive responsibly in a videogame, when driving like a maniac and chasing pedestrians is so much better. Best not to drive like that in real life, though. It’d probably end in a very painful death.

4-Being the World’s Worse Bodyguard:
I’m yet to meet someone who actually likes escort missions. They are beyond frustrating, especially when the person your meant to guard, is basically walking into bullets and seems to have some sort of dead wish. So, like the patient and caring gamers we are, we do whatever it takes to end the misery that is an escort mission. Even if that involves running off and leaving the lamb to the wolves or taking care of them ourselves.

thumbnail_11cb09f2-6901-4aae-a6ba-1c1b44ced4825-Throwing Livestock:
This one is more to do with a Nintendo game, that involves farming and a very annoying mayor. So, annoying in fact, that you’ve probably thrown a chicken or 2 at him in disgust, of his pushy passive aggressive manner. Scary thing is the chicken actually like it and displays a little love heart above its head every time you throw it. If that isn’t encouragement to throw Nintendo chickens, I don’t know what is.

6-Playing with The Less Experienced Players:
It can be very tempting to help a new player, greatly increase their death toll. However, as tempting as that is, there is something more entertaining that we’ve all done to less experienced players. Which is shooting in their direction without aiming, just to watch them get all excited and flap madly about, as they try to grasp the game’s controls. (Wow, that one is also sort of cruel as well as devilish)

7-Death from Above: 
Jumping into another player from high up, is probably a dirty move. But we’ve all at least tried it once, if only to see if it actually works. (I know I’ve tried it a few times in Call of Duty. Could never ace the landing, though.)

thumbnail_952b4443-5b0e-41b8-bce2-b6b0523090b78-Teasing Zombies:
Fighting off Zombies is a lot of fun, but some times teasing the zombies can be more entertaining, than killing them. From starting a massive game of zombie tag, to taunting zombies and laughing your little socks off at the state of a zombie trying to run. Teasing videogame zombies can be incredibly fun and provide you with a lot of laughs.

9-Extreme Overkill:
Sometimes, you just have to throw a grenade at that weak ass monster. You could have probably destroyed it with a punch, but that wouldn’t be as satisfying. Sometimes, if haven’t caused several computerised fires or explosions, we’re just not playing the game hard enough.

10- Playing Dead:
Probably one of the more devilish things you can do when playing a first-person shooter videogame, against other players. Although most wouldn’t admit it, there has been times were we’ve all suddenly laid down and stop moving, to trick the other player into thinking you’ve died. Whether it be that you don’t want to add yet another death to your tally or as a dirty tactic, to take the other player by surprise. It’s incredibly devilish and annoys the hell out of other players, but we’ve all done it anyway.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this list. I haven’t done a random list post in a while, so this post might seem a bit out of the blue to newer readers. But it’s just one the things to expect from this blog (as well as art and reviews). These lists are just something to give everyone a bit of a giggle and challenge my drawing skills a bit more.

Thanks for reading and if you ever want to see me make a post like this about something in particular. Leave it in the comments below and I’ll try my best to make that post happen.