Movie Review – Wake Wood (2011)

Movie Review - Wake Wood (2011)Synopsis: After losing their only child, Alice, in a vicious dog attack, two grieving parents relocate to a small town where — to their horror and fascination — they discover a pagan ritual that will grant them three more days with their deceased daughter. Hoping to allay their sorrow, at least temporarily, the couple decides to go through with the rite, but the larger question remains, what happens after the three days have passed?

Director: David Keating
Cast: Aidan Gillen, Amelia Crowley, Brian Gleeson, Dan Gordon, Ella Connolly, Eva Birthistle, Ruth McCabe

This Supernatural Irish / UK Horror movie, also known as The Wake Wood, presents a very intriguing question – what happens after the three days have passed? The reasoning for that question is because two grieving parents, who have recently lost their child, Alice, to a vicious dog attack, are left to wonder what will indeed happen after three days once they take part in a ritual to resurrect their daughter.

With Wake Wood, we are presented with a good looking film that is as character driven as it is story driven. We are treat to wonderful outdoor shots and feel like we know the characters. The movie spends much of its time with character development.

For you gorehounds, this is really not the film for you. While there are a few brief moments of gore that may satisfy some, the movie is far from a gory film by any stretch of the imagination.

This is a film from Hammer Film Productions, so for you Hammer Horror fans, myself included, this was a nice treat. Once Hammer rose from the ashes, this was the kind of film that I think we were all looking for from them.

On the down side, Wake Wood is a little rough around the edges at times. It seems like a movie that may have been cut down to its running time of 86 minutes. That is a small complaint considering that there is much about this film that there is to like.

Overall, I think that many will find this film to be very disturbing. It is definitely well directed and well acted.

  • This film has been on my radar for a while, and I been so dying to see this film. I am now more stoked, great review Mike.