While it is largely bloated and disorganized, The Wailing works as a disorienting assemblage of penetrating horror. A complete cinematic frenzy of occultism, folklore and the unwavering loyalty we provide our family, even if it hurts them.
The second part of an unintentional double feature I started showcasing senseless evil.
The premise is intriguing, but the execution was disappointingly tepid.
The first and second act are unusually composed for a suspenseful mystery. All the pertinent information is revealed early and unceremoniously, plodding along with no sense of urgency. A comprehensive look into the lives of both ends of a crime, before and after, is a potentially useful idea, but the nature of their disclosure here is just…
Vivid and tense, Mandy works as a totally visceral experience. However, it often falls into the trappings of various other ‘neon’ films. Weak and obtuse dialogue, long takes as padding and a value of flash over substance. In spite of this, Mandy manages to elevate itself by at least putting forth a clear, original vision. It revels in its own envelope pushing and it makes for some memorable filmmaking. Cage, as always, shows his dedication to his craft and succeeds in helping Cosmatos’ surreal fantasy come to life.