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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.
The setting, the music and the atmosphere were all there to support a really intriguing plot and interesting characters, but its misguidedly short running time ruins what could have been a great film.
Wake Wood is the latest evidence that new-model Hammer is harking back to a less atrocity-driven style of horror, built on an accumulation of creepy atmosphere rather than the systematic subjection of disposable teenagers to gruesome ordeals.
The end is a little pat and the story a little too predictable, but much of the film takes a tight hold on the viewer.
Wake Wood at least shows that Hammer is ready to be a player again in the field of horror.
Wake Wood is an effectively creepy exploration of some of life's biggest moments (birth and death) and is definitely worth checking out
...just another tedious straight-to-video horror effort...
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.
Arthur: How long has your daughter been in the ground?
"The Dead Should Never Be Woken"
Wake Wood is a film that feels like it should be a lot better than it actually is. I loved the idea, but once everything began to play out; it seemed to become a standard slasher. I should probably explain because saying standard slasher could give you the wrong idea about the movie. It's a Pet Semetary-esque plot with some added witchcraft and paganism elements. For the first fifty minutes or so there is no terror to be found, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Slow burn horror films can sometimes be the most effective. So I'm fine with the slow start. What I wasn't fine with was the actual horror scenes. The setup was too good to fall back and become nothing more than a little smarter Friday the 13th. Sure they tried to bring it back to what they promised right at the end, but by then I was kind of turned off to the film.
Two parents lost their daughter, and moved to Wakewood to get away from their past. After being there for months, they discover a ritual the townspeople use to bring their dead loved ones back for three days. There are rules that go along with bringing a loved one back though, the leader of the ritual explains. Failure to obey the rules could bring about consequences. The plot isn't anything new really. It's basically borrowed parts that are put into a new plot. Once again, I would have been fine with that if it had been done better in the end.
I didn't hate the movie and actually thought a few things were well done. I liked the ritual scene and there was nice atmosphere throughout. It's also nice to see Hammer back and at em. This was their first release after coming back. They've made a few more films, most better and at least one worse. Seeing Hammer presents on the front of a DVD cover is a welcome sight for this horror buff. The first film just wasn't great. A decent effort, but it could have been a lot better.
Not a bad film to make my 666th review though.
"What goes on in Wake Wood is not for everyone."
This surprisingly gory little entry into the "evil kid" genre is a good one. In the Irish town of Wake Wood, the dead can return to life to see their loved ones...but only for three days, and only if a very specific set of rules have been followed. A recently arrived couple is so desperate for the return of their nine year old daughter, that they ignore some of the rules to have her back. And while she seems entirely normal at first, as the three days draw to a close, things start going horribly bad.
Wake Wood takes a while to get going, but when it kicks into gear in the last 40 minutes or so, it's pretty epic. Very gory, as I mentioned before, but it also lays on the creepy atmosphere and thankfully keeps the jump scares to a relative minimum. I also liked how the story was kept simple and uncomplicated, there aren't any needless plot twists to muddy the movie. Any fan of horror should give it a shot.
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