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A renowned shaman and her protégé uncover a dark family secret while investigating a supernatural illness.


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Every now and then, a work of horror emerges from South Korean cinema that, beyond the common elements of entertainment and frights, stands out as a disturbing piece of art due to its rich folklore mixed with a story where reason and faith are futile against the darkness, let alone explain it. This can be said of The Wailing and now also of Exhuma' a film where paranormal experts are hired to trace the origin of a supernatural evil to an ancestral tomb, and end up tampering with a force that should not have been disturbed. It's a film that doesn't resort to cheap jump scares, but rather builds something more interesting: an atmosphere of constant dread and despair.



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Plot summary

When a renowned shaman (Kim Go-Eun) and her protégé (Lee Do-hyun) are hired by a wealthy, enigmatic family, they begin investigating the cause of a disturbing supernatural illness that affects only the first-born children of each generation. With the help of a knowledgeable mortician (YOO Hai-jin) and the country’s most revered geomancer (CHOI Min-sik), they soon trace the affliction’s origin to a long-hidden family grave located on sacred ground. Sensing an ominous aura surrounding the burial site, the team opts to exhume and relocate the ancestral remains immediately. But as something much darker emerges, they soon discover what befalls those who dare to mess with the wrong grave.

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