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Wake Wood (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  25 March 2011 (Ireland)
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The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter.

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Martin O'Shea (as Briain Gleeson)
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Mick O'Shea
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Siobhán O'Brien ...
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Still grieving the death of nine-year-old Alice - their only child - at the jaws of a crazed dog, vet Patrick and pharmacist Louise relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood where they learn of a pagan ritual that will allow them three more days with Alice. The couple find the idea disturbing and exciting in equal measure, but once they agree terms with Arthur, the village's leader, a far bigger question looms - what will they do when it's time for Alice to go back? Written by Bloody-Disgusting.com

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In fact, early in the film, the car they are driving is a Saab, but the steering wheel is from an Audi. See more »

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In the first hour of the movie a silver Irish reg Saab is the family car but in the last 20 minutes a black Northern Irish reg Audi is the family car. See more »

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Alice: [as Peggy binds a resurrected Alice with a blessed noose] That... Won't Work On Me!
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A great horror film
1 February 2012 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

As I mentioned in other occasions, the classic movies produced by Hammer Films had a big influence in my formation as a cinephile. Those films were the first ones to show me a mature aspect of the fantastic cinema, in which the adult subjects and the drama could perfectly coexist with vampires, wolves and all kinds of malicious creatures...including the human being. I think that that ideological transition is an essential phenomenon for every teenager, and it can definitely be exploited as "nostalgia" during the adult age. However, I want to think that the modern rebirth of Hammer Films (even though, strictly speaking, it never "died") does not only aim to evoking juvenile memories and promoting new editions of its classic films, but creating new milestones of fantastic cinema. The problem is that none of their recent films (The Resident and Let Me In) has been remarkable...until now, because even though I would not put Wake Wood at the same level of the classic films made by Hammer, I definitely consider it an excellent horror film.

The screenplay from Wake Wood includes the classic elements from Gothic cinema; besides, the subjects of melancholy and contrition it deals with are universal, making the film timeless, because even though it is developed in modern-day UK, it could equally be a "retro" story without losing even a pinch of its narrative force and emotional depth. The actors make a perfect work in their roles; Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle are absolutely credible as a suffering couple whose sadness justifies the decisions they both make, and when the things go wrong, both actors express their characters' contradictory emotions without the need of words. And the girl Ella Connolly brings a good performance in a difficult character.

It is impossible to deny the fact that Wake Wood has various similarities with The Wicker Man (1973 -how sad it is to think that, whenever I make a reference to that monumental movie, I have to add a pertinent clarification in order not to confuse it with the tedious remake which was made in 2006-). And the irony is that The Wicker Man was not even a film produced by Hammer. But anyway...we can find various similarities between both films: the town hiding a pagan secret; the patriarch who is worried about the welfare of the community, but who is also inflexible when he has to employ violence against its inhabitants; the new people in town who get accidentally mixed in stuff which is beyond their comprehension; and some more. However, I do not consider those similarities as a con, but as a pro which contributes to bringing Wake Wood a dense and spiritual atmosphere, which make it different to any other "rural horror" movie.

The only thing I can say against Wake Wood is that a few details from the screenplay feel kinda forced. Nevertheless, I liked this film very much, and I enthusiastically recommend it as a great horror movie which is worthy of having the Hammer Films name attached to it.


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