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Wake Wood: Hair-raising Terror

By inSing.com EditorMovies - 05 October 2011 1:39 PM | Updated 2:12 PM

Wake Wood: Hair-raising Terror

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Rating : 3 stars out of 5

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

The Stars: Aiden Gillen, Timothy Spall, Eva Birthistle

The Buzz: The second film from the newly reincarnated Hammer Films.

inSing.com thinks: You never know what you’ll find in those creepy English villages. Bereaved couple Patrick (Gillen, Game of Thrones) and Louise (Birthistle, Nightwatching) arrive in Wake Wood after the death of their daughter, and stumble upon a ritual that may bring their daughter back, though only for three days. The couple want in, and naturally there are various rules about the ritual that they have to obey, else no deal.

Wake Wood

Of course, they manage to break all of them before the three days are over, and their little girl just doesn’t seem to be the same person that they remember.

A much better film than The Resident, the first film out of newly revived incarnation of the legendary Gothic horror studio Hammer Productions, this low-budget effort has plenty of chills, even if certain parts will remind horror mavens of Pet Sematary and The Wicker Man, sprinkled with bits of The Omen.

Still, director David Keating has great control over atmosphere, and even if there’s not much gore, both Gillen and Birthistle do a superb job in their roles that make this horror film work. Toss in Timothy Spall as the village leader, and you have, an assured horror picture where mood is more important than gore.

That said, it’s not perfect, and the film pretty much plays it safe with its almost traditional structure. There isn’t really enough blood to satisfy hard core horror fans, but this film will likely make you think twice about stopping over in dreary Irish villages.