Wake Wood (David Keating, 2011)


What's it about? After the death of their daughter, a grieving couple (Aiden Gillen and Eva Birthistle) move to the remote Irish village of Wake Wood, where they discover the villagers may be able to bring their child back to life. Well, nothing bad could possibly happen with that, could it?

Is it any good? The first output in 30 years by the legendary Hammer Films plays like a cross between Pet Sematary and The Wicker Man. It opts for the slow-burn, atmospheric approach over more obvious shock moments and is helped by the fact everybody is playing it commendably straight, despite some clunky plotting. No classic, but perfectly watchable.

Anthing else I should know? Filmed primarily on the Fermanagh-Donegal border in Ireland, near where I grew up. As if people there would believe in such mystical mumbo-jumbo - I've a good mind to complain to the local druid about it.

What does the Fonz think? Half chilly, half silly.






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