Wake Wood (2009)
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A veteran and a pharmacist learn there is no cheating death after losing their daughter in a tragic accident, then taking part in a Pagan ritual to bring her back to life. Their nine year old daughter Alice killed in a vicious canine attack, Patrick (Aidan Gillen) and Louise move to the sleepy village of Wakewood to start a new life. Once there, they encounter mysterious village leader Arthur (Timothy Spall), who claims he can resurrect Alice for three days so the grieving parents can say their
Jul 5, 2011
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The sometimes moldy legacy of Hammer Horror gets due tribute from Wake Wood, a preposterous but not entirely unprepossessing supernatural thriller partly backed by the newly resurrected scare shingle.
For all its pre-Christian paganism, demon child imagery, blood and guts, David Keating's rural horror movie is at heart an involving portrait of a young couple struggling to come to terms with the death of a daughter.
Wake Wood at least shows that Hammer is ready to be a player again in the field of horror.
The film cleverly brings together WW Jacobs's celebrated short story The Monkey's Paw with The Wicker Man, and it's both touching and scary.
The film's reasonably effective, but never heightens its impact beyond what's on the page.
Low expectations are the key to enjoying Wake Wood. You have been warned.
Thoroughly unsettling from start to finish, Wake Wood will please horror fans with its muted palette, ominously creepy atmosphere and neat nods to the best of 70s British horror.
The enveloping creepiness of the village setting scores points, which the film proceeds to squander in careless plotting, imprecise effects and a denouement of arrant silliness.
Right from the start there's a cheeky sense of Hammer coming into the 21st century.
Our horror is reduced by a sneaking awareness that the film is making up its grand guignol ground rules as it goes along.
A creepy, poignant story of life and death which surprises with the strength of its ideas.
It's a low-budget film that entertainingly takes its audience to the brink of pure absurdity. But it also riffs nastily and effectively...
A compelling twist on the Faustian-pact dilemma that builds to a truly memorable, if starkly horrifying, ending.
With deliberate echoes of classic Hammer horror, this moody and inventive thriller gets under our skin with its deeply personal plot, which pays as much attention to horror as emotion.
Cinematographer Chris Maris has a keen eye while Brendan McCarthy's dark narrative makes this a worthy frontrunner in Hammer's return to the horror fray.
Impressively directed and cleverly written, this is a genuinely chilling British horror film with terrific performances and strong echoes of classic Hammer films.
Nothing too groundbreaking but a compelling rife on creepily occult British horrors nonetheless.
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