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Wake Wood -- 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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25 March 2011 (Ireland) See more »
Beware Those You Love the Most See more »
The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Aidan Gillen ... Patrick

Eva Birthistle ... Louise

Timothy Spall ... Arthur
Ella Connolly ... Alice
Ruth McCabe ... Peggy O'Shea

Brian Gleeson ... Martin O'Shea (as Briain Gleeson)
Amelia Crowley ... Mary Brogan
Dan Gordon ... Mick O'Shea
Tommy McArdle ... Tommy
John McArdle ... Ben
Aoife Meagher ... Deirdre
Siobhán O'Brien ... Pharmacy Customer
Alice McCrea ... Lady Customer
Johnny Fortune ... Mechanic
John Hand ... Arthur's Helper 1
Darragh Hand ... Arthur's Helper 2
Steven McDonnell ... Boy in field
Simple The Bull ... The Bull

Directed by
David Keating 
Writing credits
Brendan McCarthy (story)

Brendan McCarthy (screenplay) and
David Keating (screenplay)

Produced by
Natasha Banke .... line producer: Sweden
Ben Holden .... co-executive producer: Exclusive Film Distribution
Patrick Irwin .... co-executive producer: Exclusive Film Distribution
Ralf Ivarsson .... co-producer: Film i Skåne
Alan Maher .... production executive: Irish Film Board
Brendan McCarthy .... producer
John McDonnell .... producer
Allan Niblo .... co-executive producer: Vertigo Films
Simon Oakes .... executive producer: Exclusive Film Distribution
Magnus Paulsson .... co-producer
Rupert Preston .... co-executive producer: Vertigo Films
Marc Schipper .... executive producer: Exclusive Film Distribution
Original Music by
Michael Convertino 
Cinematography by
Chris Maris (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dermot Diskin 
Tim Murrell 
Casting by
Maureen Hughes 
Production Design by
John Hand 
Art Direction by
Owen Power 
Costume Design by
Louise Stanton 
Makeup Department
Eloise Anson .... assistant makeup artist
Liz Byrne .... makeup artist
Deirdre Fitzgerald .... hair stylist: Swedish shoot
Deirdre Fitzgerald .... makeup artist: Swedish shoot
Kaj Grönberg .... makeup supervisor
Katarina Kovacs .... makeup artist
Deirdre Fitzgerald .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Steven Davenport .... production manager
Tim Morris .... post-production supervisor
Michael Reuter .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anna Harrison .... third assistant director
Medb Johnstone .... trainee assistant director
Marcus Lynch .... second assistant director
Rosai Mc Carthy .... third assistant director (as Rosaí McCarthy)
Nick McCarthy .... first assistant director
Jonathan Quinlan .... trainee assistant director (as Johnathon Quinlan)
Art Department
Daniel Bonarelli .... model maker
Ulf Bruxe .... carpenter: Swedish shoot
Malin Kihlberg .... property master: Swedish shoot
Malin Kihlberg .... set designer: Swedish shoot
Chan Kin .... property master
Ciara McKenna .... trainee art department
Cheryl Rock .... props buyer assistant
Kieran Shellard .... prop dresser
Zeljko Zack Vymazal .... stand-by props (as Zack Zel Jkovymazal)
Ian Wallis .... trainee props
Noel Walsh .... prop buyer
Daniel Shiels .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Felix Andriessens .... sound designer
Felix Andriessens .... supervising sound editor
Buster Blaesild .... sound: Swedish shoot
Anders Degerberg .... sound mixer
Adele Fletcher .... adr editor
Lars Ginzel .... sound effects editor
Michael Müller .... foley editor
Günther Röhn .... foley artist
John Rönnerblad .... boom operator (as John Nilsson)
Martin Schinz .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominik Schleier .... dialogue editor
Naomi Dandridge .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Tom Deane .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Anders Degerberg .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Magnus Gillberg .... special effects: Swedish shoot
Gerry Johnston .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Britt Dunse .... title designer
John Kennedy .... flame compositor
Richard Merrigan .... digital effects
Florian Obrecht .... digital effects supervisor: Sweden
Florian Obrecht .... visual effects lead artist
Andreas Schellenberg .... visual effects supervisor
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
William Cash .... electrician
Billy Cooley .... electrician
C.J. Dempsey .... genny operator
Con Dempsey .... gaffer
Ewa Gerström .... clapper loader
Set Jonasson .... gaffer: Swedish shoot
Set Jonasson .... grip: Swedish shoot
Robbie Kelly .... camera trainee
Robbie Kelly .... grip
Jesper Lindgren .... still photographer
Ed Lindsley .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ed Lindsley .... focus puller
Steve O'Brien .... crane operator
Jj Rolfe .... camera operator: second unit
Stevie Russell .... camera operator: second unit
Adam Tsan .... crane operator
Suzana Zalodar .... camera operator: second unit
Casting Department
Thyrza Ging .... casting assistant
Clare McGinley .... casting assistant
Anja Schmidt .... casting: Swedish shoot
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jo Mapp .... costume supervisor
William McGovern .... costume trainee
Josefin Sandling .... wardrobe: Swedish shoot
Editorial Department
John McDonnell .... first assistant editor
Eimear Okane .... post-production coordinator
Jean Rice .... post-production coordinator
Andreas Schellenberg .... post-production producer
Kevin Shaw .... digital color grader
Gregor Wille .... digital intermediate supervisor
Music Department
Garvan Browne .... musician: theremin (as Garvin Browne)
Sophie Delaque .... musician: violin
Sean Keating .... additional music recordist
P. Daniel Newman .... composer: additional music (as Daniel Newman)
P. Daniel Newman .... music editor (as Daniel Newman)
Rodion Raskolnikov .... musician: violin
Transportation Department
Euni Britton .... additional driver
Stephen Moss .... additional driver
Tony Mullally .... driver: actors
Mick Murphy .... driver: minibus
Other crew
Steve Batts .... shake choreographer
Lorcan Berney .... location assistant
Aoife Bland .... unit nurse
John Bridson .... additional legal services: Exclusive Film Distribution
Mark Byrne .... business affairs executive: Irish Film Board
Mark Byrne .... legal executive: Irish Film Board
Neil Calder .... completion bond: Film Finances Ltd.
Therese Caldwell .... facility coordinator
Susann Chandler .... production assistant
Anna-Maria Ní Chathasaigh .... script supervisor (as Anna Maria Ní Chathasaigh)
Tara Clancy .... account assistant
Rory Mac Dermott .... production accountant
Stephen Fearon .... facilities
Patrick Fisher .... facilities
Emer Fitzpatrick .... account assistant
Peter FitzPatrick .... production insurance: Media Insurance Brokers (as Peter Fitzpatrick)
Johnny Fortune .... facilities
Noelle Gibbons .... runner
John Gleeson .... financing and tax advisor
Lucinda Glynn .... production assistant
Peter Gustafsson .... film consultant: Swedish Film Institute
Marie Henderson .... tutor: Ella Connolly
Tim Johnson .... legal services: Exclusive Film Distribution
Jurate Kaminskaite .... body double: Swedish shoot
Jurate Kaminskaite .... craft service: Swedish shoot
Jonathan Kelly .... production lawyer: Philip Lee & Co.
Stephen Loane .... location animal and effects resources
Rachel Lysaght .... production coordinator
Anna Maris .... body double: Swedish shoot
Deirdre Martin .... tutor: Ella Connolly
Ray McCormack .... electronic press kit
Donal McWeeney .... location assistant
Rita Moloney .... animal handler
Peter Mårtensson .... dog trainer
David Nilsson .... runner: Swedish shoot
Thilde Nilsson .... body double: Swedish shoot
Rossa O'Neill .... assistant location manager
Brendan O'Sullivan .... location manager
John O'Sullivan .... production insurance: Media Insurance Brokers
Mary Owens .... animal handler
Josefin Sandling .... body double: Swedish shoot
Anders Sjölin .... body double: Swedish shoot
Emily Spence .... legal services: Exclusive Film Distribution
Jonas Tarestad .... body double: Swedish shoot
Jonas Tarestad .... production assistant: Swedish shoot
Tobias Thuresson .... runner: Swedish shoot
Agneta von Platen .... body double: Swedish shoot
Roger Wallace .... consultant: veterinary
Jörgen Andréason .... thanks
Jeanie Beare .... thanks
Ray Beare .... thanks
Amanda Bell .... thanks
Katrine Boorman .... thanks
Matt Branton .... thanks
Patrick Britton .... thanks (as Pat Britton)
Ray Britton .... thanks
Garvan Browne .... thanks (as Garvin Browne)
Eleni Chandrinou .... thanks: i2i
Anwar Chentoufi .... thanks
Jocelyn Clarke .... very special thanks: The National Film School at IADT Dun Loaghaire
Kevin Cooney .... thanks
Superintendant Dennedy .... thanks
Aideen Doherty .... thanks
Dessie Egan .... thanks (as Dessie and Staff at the Pettigo Inn)
Sara Faulkner .... thanks
Paul Freaney .... very special thanks: The National Film School at IADT Dun Loaghaire
Elizabeth Gageby .... thanks
Grace Gageby .... thanks
Marcus Galvin .... thanks
Declan Gillespie .... thanks
Fionnuala Gilmartin .... thanks
Karin Brunk Holmqvist .... thanks
Dave Hughes .... thanks
Molly Hughes .... thanks
Greg Hunt .... thanks
Stephen Loane .... thanks (as Steven Loane)
Stephanie Lodola .... thanks
Maura Logue .... thanks
Jonathan Loughran .... special thanks
Lara Madden .... thanks
Anna Maris .... thanks
Anne-Marie McDonnell .... thanks (as Anne Marie McDonnell)
Teresa McGrane .... thanks
Natasha McGrath .... thanks: Association for the Development of Pettigo & Tullyhommon
John McKeon .... thanks
Declan Mills .... thanks
Richard Mohan .... thanks (as Fr. Mohan & the Staff at Lough Derg)
Janet Moran .... thanks
Maura Moss .... thanks: Association for the Development of Pettigo & Tullyhommon
Charlotta Nilsson .... thanks
Ciara O'Gorman .... thanks
The People of Pettigo .... thanks (as The People of Pettigo Co. Donegal)
Simon Perry .... thanks
Nic Ransome .... thanks
Mary Redmond .... thanks: Association for the Development of Pettigo & Tullyhommon
Jean Rice .... very special thanks: The National Film School at IADT Dun Loaghaire
Laura Rourke .... thanks
Kay Scorah .... thanks
Agneta von Platen .... thanks
Wilhelm von Platen .... thanks

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Rated R for bloody violence including disturbing images, and brief sexuality
90 min
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Ella Connolly's film debut.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[repeated line]
Arthur:[to a resurrected Alice] Back to the trees and into the woods
Arthur:[about a now possessed Alice] Don't look at her
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A great horror film, 1 February 2012
Author: Argemaluco from Argentina

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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