Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wake Wood (2010)

Director: David Keating

Writers: Brendan McCarthy, David Keating

Composer: Michael Convertino

Starring: Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle, Timothy Spall, Ella Connolly, Ruth McCabe, Brian Gleeson, Amelia Crowley, Dan Gordon, Tommy McArdle, Aoife Meagher

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Beware Those You Love the Most

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

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I hope Hammer Films has some better pictures lined up than this one.  It's not all THAT bad but then it's not something you'll come out the other side thinking this was screaming to be made.  It's a story that we've seen before but it does have a different sensibility than what you'd expect.  It's somewhat light on horror and it doesn't have much in the way of scary but the ending goes from surprisingly neat to pretty fucking fantastic to the point of making this a recommend but without any heightened expectations.  Whatever you do, stay with it until the end.  It's a British picture and it's got some Pagan-type stuff in it.  While it's nothing like THE WICKER MAN (1973), it does make me want to watch that film again (as if I needed a push to do so). 

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