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September 20, 2017
We know very well that it's quite risky to bring back the dead from the movie 'Pet Cemetary'. Well executed at times but there were some really awful scenes that felt like ancient filming. Scary enough though.
Super Reviewer
½ August 21, 2017
Unique, peculiar and effortlessly tense, Wake Wood is a strange little Irish horror film about a rural neighbourhood that harbour a dark secret from the rest of the world - their internal ability to bring the deceased back to life for a mere three days. The film features brilliant performances from Timothy Spall and Eva Birthistle and also from the young Ella Connolly. A film can be made so much better when a younger actor gives a good performance as it's often rare to see a good performance from a child actor. The film is really gory and queasy in places and I feel a lot of this could be substituted for more subtle chills that supernatural horror is so popular for. I feel they should have focused more on the climax and less on the build up of the story, as the ending is slightly ridiculous and devoid of any logic at all. A good film lays waste to a lazy ending. Fans of the Wicker Man and Pet Sematary should definitely check out Wake Wood.
½ August 16, 2017
This was an ok time-waster.
June 28, 2017
This movie is dumb. Of course you don't break the rules when bringing someone back to life, doesn't everyone know that? I didn't think the acting was very good and the plot was predictable. I own this and should probably just toss it.
½ March 25, 2017
In the kinda move you only see in horror movies made about people who apparently don't know how horror films work, this film features a couple accepting the offer of the creepy new locals to bring back their dead child for three days so that they can have closure over the death, but naturally decide that three days is not enough.

Y'know, in spite of the cryptic warnings of the aforementioned creepy locals, and things transpire as you'd expect them to.

A very watchable little flick and well worth a look if you have the chance.

Give it a rental!
September 18, 2016
Just couldn't get into it.
September 5, 2016
Pleasantly relaxing.
July 30, 2016
Super low budget horror film with bland acting but if you look past those two things, Wake Wood is actually a pretty decent movie. It features some chilling moments along with fine writing and directing. It's not a very memorable film but it's one that I didn't feel was a waste of time to watch
Super Reviewer
July 12, 2016
Lots of spectacular individual scenes feature in a movie that is overall, actually not that impressive.
½ July 8, 2016
After a fantastic build up, the film does descend a little into horror hokum territory. It is though another in a good run of Irish based horror films and it certainly has an atmosphere and memorable concept.
May 8, 2016
Felt like I was watching a bad Pet Semetary remake
April 29, 2016
Damn has nobody ever watched pet cemetery in this movie, dead should stay dead
March 27, 2016
The movie was okay.. A low budget horror film that stays interesting. Wouldn't really recommend it, unless you're bored at home and have nothing else to watch.
March 24, 2016
Creepy atmosphere that helps to tell the story.
½ March 11, 2016
a cross over of wicker man, pet cemetery and monkeys paw.
Super Reviewer
½ October 14, 2015
Bit of a mishmash or good and bad points. The story is clearly an old one. Efforts to de-Irish the plot ('Wake Wood' is not an Irish name and Timothy Spall, though talented, sticks out like a sore thumb,) make the film less, rather than more interesting. It's the usual thing of Irish people being slightly ashamed of anything that seems 100% Irish. If they had rooted the horror 100% in Irish traditions, the movie might have developed its own identity and not just seemed like a 'Pet Sematary' rip-off. The concept is one that, like most horrors, is more awful when alluded to than in the execution. Once the child is resurrected, the film essentially stops being scary. The scenes of animal violence are excellent throughout. The acting is uneven and the script a little dull. Birthwistle is good but unlikeable, Gillen is not good and very subdued, their relationship seems lifeless rather than threatened and Tim Spall hams it up like he's in a episode of 'Midsomer Murders'.
½ July 31, 2015
Bad horror movie. The soundtrack didn't fit most of the scenes. The characters were uninteresting. Setting and editing was very amatuer.
April 23, 2015
A better than most family based horror from the new hands of Hammer horror. The great Tim Spall in a fairly decent in terms of screen time support role elevates the film by some margin, and even though the main line up isn't quite up to his standard I still found this to be a stronger film than I was first expecting. What this also has over many films of this type is quite a high level of blood and gore, plus it's entertaining, not that badly made considering the all too clear lowish budget. Overall the gore is there, it's watchable, it's not over-long, there's plenty fun to be had, and of course there's Mr Spall making this a better film than first assumed.
February 20, 2015
The Wicket Man crossed with Pet Semetary which is somewhat effective even if you've seen it all before
½ January 25, 2015
This low budget film starts with the small and simple concept, but continues to escalate it to an original and unique extreme. Rather than taking the common or easy route, it often creates unsettling horror that is more real than fantasy. At the end of it all, this is a clever and original story that gets me excited for what this director has in store for us next.
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