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  • Actors: Timothy Spall, Eva Birthistle, Aidan Gillen, Ruth McCabe, Brian Gleeson
  • Directors: David Keating
  • Producers: Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C9MBY8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,063 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Still grieving the death of their only child, Alice, a young couple relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood where they stumble on a group of villagers practising Pagan rituals. They soon learn that this ritual has the power to bring back the dead, and would allow them three dats with their beloved daughter.

They agree terms with the village leader (Timothy Spall) but then far bigger questions loom... what will they do when it's time for Alice to go back? Will she go back peacefully? Or are there more sinister forces at work?

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Gascoyne on 30 Mar. 2011
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Despite the cover of the DVD showing the Hammer logo, Wake Wood is only presented by Hammer, but not officially a Hammer movie. Exclusive Films were involved, but if you watch any of the credits, Hammer Films are not actually listed. Despite this, the film itself is very good, if a little slow in places. But the blood and gore scenes are full on, right from the outset with the dog attack - very bloody and very well done. The film has elements of Pet Sematary (bringing the dead back to life), but has it's own take on the practice, with, again, some quite gruesome scenes for the resurrections, and the creepy locals of Wake Wood, with their terrible secrets and practices, help create a disturbing atmosphere to the whole proceedings. And be prepared - the ending is genuinely horrific. The only shame about Wake Wood is that it wasn't given more of a cinematic release - it was released in one cinema in London and one cinema in Ireland, despite a reasonably good review in The Sunday Times. In my humble opinion, the fact that it is only presented by Hammer makes it more of a curio, rather than a necessity, for Hammer Film afficianados. But it is still a good film - maybe not worth 5 stars, but definitely worth 4.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Persona Synthetic TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2012
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I didn't really like Pet Sematary (from memory) this is the same premise reheated with inferior ingredients. I spent the first 20 minutes dumbfunded at the poor execution. Every scene without fail was problematic either thru dodgy direction or poor acting before just resigning myself to ignoring its presentation issues.
Considering its premise, Wake wood is an emotionless vacumn of a film. It is a story about the tragic loss of a young life, pagan rituals, resurrection from the grave and murder which is devoid of sadness, eeriness or scares; an astonishing achievement.
The actors playing the 'grieving' parents didn't even telephone in their performances. The male talking about the film in one of the disc extras seemed quite embarrassed to me about his participation, I felt embarrassed for him. Much seems to be made of the gravitas Timothy Spall added; he was fine but didn't have that much to do asides from look portly in a tweed outfit. He certainly didn't need to call on his acting ability in the scene where he convinces these two educated professionals that he can raise their daughter from the dead for three days. Grief or not (and they didn't convince at grieving anyway) most peoples reactions might be anger, be appalled, lash out even not a 'yeah, alright then' nonplussed response in this 10 second scene.
The daughter comes back and they are quite happy to let her play unsupervised with a large stray bull mastiff type dog that the father had 'adopted' the day before after running it over despite their daughters demise being at the jaws of a dog familiar to the little girl.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zaroff on 7 Sept. 2011
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This is essentially an irish/swedish co-production. The Hammer aspect extends to the films presentation and would seem to be a sales pitch, but in actuality there is a Hammery feel to it to some extent, despite the modern use of grue..

Yes, this film is gruesome. Memory alludes back to similar themed films such as Pet Sematary, Dead & Buried, Wicker Man & The Witches (hammer), even the irish sense of impending doom of The Eternal perhaps. As regard literature there are a multitude of doomed back from the dead, including of course The Monkeys Paw by W.W. Jacobs. Does this suggest its just a cheap film using old motifs? In a word, no. Its actually got proper actors doing proper acting with lines & eerie british-irish eccentricity. Amidst this every day tale of country folklore, it does get very bloody in some gruesome moments, all accentuated with a very simple but effective soundtrack that even utilises a theremin to good effect.

A well wrought storyline, working within the constraints of the tight budget & schedule, with occasional flashes alluding to past glories, even flavours of much older cinema. Does this not then sound like a Hammer styled film..if only in name?

The twisty turny story may to the jaded seem old hand, old style. Almost a sense of mystery theatre to the ensemble acting, where a short tight script hurtles to the obvious conclusions, or one of those psychological slightly too modern Hammers..But its pleasantly surprising in that it tells the tale concisely, wastes no frame on anything not important to the entertainment & the tale. And in this age of crass short attention spans that precise pressing of ones buttons is both a blessing and a curse...like the movies theme itself. Move to the country, join in some rituals, see for yourself.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Big Mike on 25 Mar. 2011
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Wake Wood is a genuinely creepy horror film that leaves you feeling more than a little bit unsettled after it is over. Filmed in suitably eerie locations in Ireland it is one of the most atmospheric films I have seen in a very long time. There are those who have compared it to films such as Don't Look Now, The Wicker Man and Pet Sematary, but Wake Wood easily establishes its very own niche in the horror genre. The mostly Irish cast is quite good but English actor Timothy Spall is truly creepy as the town elder "Arthur". Young Irish actress Ella Connolly is also superb as the young daughter "Alice". It is one of the spookiest films I have seen in years and is a most welcome change after years of slasher films and the more recent extremes of films such as Hostel and Saw. Yes, there is some pretty graphic violence in Wake Wood but what will stay with you after you see it is not so much what you see but the sense of uneasiness the film will leave you with. The ending will also leave you shaking your head. Welcome back Hammer.
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