Wake Wood [DVD]
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The idea is fine but the production and execution is pretty poor. It is shot on digital and looks like a TV drama rather than a horror film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BavaBlood
You can almost always tell how good or bad a film is by the cost to Amazon buyers. Low cost = mediocre film, true in this instance.Published 3 months ago by Mr Stewart M Frazier
Good folk horror film that is hampered a little by its low budget.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought for a minute I was back in the seventies watching a Hammer horror film. I'm sure that was the filmmakers intention, and they've pulled it off pretty well. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rich
Came across it by accident Noticed timothy Spall was in it so thought I.d give it a go.Thrilling but also very moving. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roger Crofts