The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter.


David Keating


Brendan McCarthy (story), Brendan McCarthy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Gillen ... Patrick
Eva Birthistle ... Louise
Timothy Spall ... Arthur
Ella Connolly Ella Connolly ... Alice
Ruth McCabe ... Peggy O'Shea
Brian Gleeson ... Martin O'Shea (as Briain Gleeson)
Amelia Crowley Amelia Crowley ... Mary Brogan
Dan Gordon Dan Gordon ... Mick O'Shea
Tommy McArdle Tommy McArdle ... Tommy
John McArdle John McArdle ... Ben
Aoife Meagher Aoife Meagher ... Deirdre
Siobhán O'Brien Siobhán O'Brien ... Pharmacy Customer
Alice McCrea Alice McCrea ... Lady Customer
Johnny Fortune Johnny Fortune ... Mechanic
John Hand John Hand ... Arthur's Helper 1


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

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence including disturbing images, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This film stars Eva Birthistle and features an appearance by Ruth McCabe. They were both also in the film Breakfast On Pluto (2005). See more »


Towards the end of the movie a cameraman is visible in the mirror of the pharmacy. See more »


Alice: [as Peggy binds a resurrected Alice with a blessed noose] That... Won't Work On Me!
[un-binds herself and picks up a sharp spike]
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References Pet Sematary (1989) See more »

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old school Hammer
16 January 2012 | by trashgangSee all my reviews

I was happy when I heard that Hammer studios was back in business. So far they delivered 2 flicks, The Resident (2011) and this one. Wake Wood leans more towards the Hammer style then The Resident although both do have their own thing. Wake Wood has more red stuff. But that doesn't make a flick. My only point of negativity is the use of CGI. There is one scene that I didn't like, when they make a close-up of the child's neck and we see her wounds disappear. It was done 100% CGI and I hated it. I guess one shot is also CGI, when blood sputters out of a neck.

But luckily the film has a good atmosphere. It takes place in Ireland and let that be the country of Paganism and Witchcraft. And that is what it's all about. Bringing back the death by old rituals. As I stated it do contain a lot of blood but it never becomes too gory. It was David Keating his first attempt to make a real horror. And he succeeded. Some shots were typical seventies style , even hammer style and the way it was edited was also a return to the seventies. The acting was okay. Only Eva Birthistle we knew from the horror The Children (2008). She even has a small nudity in Wake Wood.

If I must choose which one, Wake Wood or The Resident, leans most to the old Hammer I would say wake Wood.

Gore 2/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5

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