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Wake Wood [Blu-ray] (2011)

Eva Birthistle , Ella Connolly , David Keating  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eva Birthistle, Ella Connolly
  • Directors: David Keating
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SEUJ5U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Still grieving the death of nine-year-old Alice their only child at the jaws of a crazed dog, vet Patrick and pharmacist Louise relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood where they learn of a pagan ritual that will allow them three more days with Alice. The couple find the idea disturbing and exciting in equal measure, but once they agree terms with Arthur, the village s leader, a far bigger question looms what will they do when it s time for Alice to go back?

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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Reviving the legend of Hammer films certainly seemed like a great idea. Renowned for their creepiness and monster mayhem, Hammer was one of the most influential horror players in the film industry for approximately four decades (most relevantly, perhaps, in the fifties and sixties). Their 1958 version of "Dracula" with Christopher Lee is still considered by many to be the definitive film version of this oft told tale. Well, Hammer is back in the game! Their first release was the contemplative vampire remake "Let Me In," a terrific film that owes far more to its Swedish predecessor than to the mystique and allure of Hammer. Their follow-up film "The Resident," however, is pure Hammer--unfortunately, it's late period schlock as opposed to something that's going to reinvigorate the legend. Finally, with the creepy "Wake Wood," we've got something that represents the Hammer name and legacy in a recognizable way.

I must, however, be slightly cautious in my recommendation of "Wake Wood" as to announce it as a pulse pounding horror thriller might be setting up false expectations. The film is most effective at establishing an unsettling vibe and mood--it's an atmospheric film that owes far more to realistic and believable performances than to outrageous scares or gore. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of blood--but what really provides the tension in the film are the strong and sometimes fearless performances of leads Aiden Gillen and Eva Birthistle. Birthistle, in particular, is astoundingly heartfelt--aggressive when necessary but always accessible and vulnerable. After the unexpected death of their daughter, the couple struggles to cope. Moving to a new, and noticeably odd, new community--they are growing ever more distant.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desperation... April 1, 2011
After a couple lose their only daughter in a horrible accident, desperation leads them to try occult means to bring her back. Unfortunately, things don't go according to plan, leading to horror, despair, and carnage. WAKE WOOD is a tremendously unsettling, atmospheric creeper w/ a gradually tightening sense of suffocating dread. It's also one of the best supernatural thrillers I've ever seen. If you enjoy stories like THE MONKEY'S PAW, PET SEMETARY, HELLBOUND (BOOK OF THE DEAD), or BOBBY from Dan Curtis' DEAD OF NIGHT (TV) anthology, then WW will make you smile w/ grim delight! Well worth owning...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Joker
For a description of the plot, etc., read other reviews. I just want to give my thoughts on this movie...

This 2011 movie was recommended to me, so I had to see it. It's a very interesting, bizarre, and different Hammer horror movie. This movie marked Hammer's return to making movies. Ironically, it really doesn't have the same feel and atmosphere of the Hammer horror movies that were so popular in the 1950's, '60s, and '70s. Like the old Hammer movies, it's low budget, but this movie is a lot more gruesome and bloody than the goriest and bloodiest Hammer movies from decades ago. It's more in tune with what contemporary audiences want and expect from horror movies in general. In contrast, the new version of "The Woman In Black" (2012), also a Hammer movie, is more in tune with the old Hammer movies. However, I did enjoy "Wake Wood" and its bizarre plot, unique camera angles, and very different and unique musical score by Michael Convertino. I think the music is one of this movie's greatest assets. That and the camera angles and overall cinematography and feel. This is one of those movies where the viewer needs to suspend all disbelief and just accept the plot for what it is, weirdness and all.

Overall, this movie is definitely worth a look. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing... September 21, 2011
It was great to see that Hammer Film Studio is back to its old self--releasing some great under-appreciated horror. Such is the case of "Wake Wood," a sorrowful tale of parents trying to cope with the loss of their only child and how that can drive one to the lunatic fringe. Louise (expertly underplayed by Eva Birthistle) and Patrick are the couple who move to the idyllic village of Wake Wood only to find that nothing is really as it seems. Out for an evening stroll because she cannot sleep, Louise accidentally comes across the townspeople performing some sort of ritual. She returns home, saying nothing to her husband. However, when they announce their plans to move from Wake Wood, they are offered the ultimate opportunity: to have their recently departed daughter, Alice, back with them for three days. There are, however, stipulations and rules that simply CANNOT be broken. And, unfortunately for everyone, when Alice comes back, she's CHANGED.

"Wake Wood" doesn't follow the tired and worn-out plot of nubile young women in perile at the hands of some goon. That in itself was extremely refreshing. What it does ask, though, is a question that's very hard to come to grips with: could any of us have the courage to bring one of our loved ones back for three days? I know I couldn't; the pain would just be too unbearable. Directed by David Keating, this was very entertaining. The movie is rated R. There is some gore, but nothing over the top.

To borrow from the movie "Pet Semetery," "sometimes DEAD is better." Recommended very highly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was one of ther better spooky movies ive purchased
This was one of ther better spooky movies ive purchased. The young actress Ella Connoly potraying this difficult role was superb and did absolutely fabulous. Read more
Published 2 months ago by velly
4.0 out of 5 stars Pet Cemetery with a "blood-and-guts" twist
This is a fairly interesting horror film, athough it really covers little new ground. It's basically the same old story of people wanting to bring dead loved ones back, only to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Doctor Dean
3.0 out of 5 stars Vet Sematary.
Wake Wood (David Keating, 2011)

David Keating has made just two feature films in his career to date, the 1996 dramedy Last of the High Kings and the 2010 supernatural... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back, Hammer!
Classic horror film aficionados will welcome the return of Hammer Films, the company that was at the forefront of the horror film resurgence in the 1950s with re-makes of such... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jon Wynne
Thoroughly enjoyed Wake Wood. The story kept me intrigued and interested which is a relief after the couple of duds I've seen in the last few days. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Island Girl7777
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5/5 Not a bad film
There's some cumbersome predictability here, but overall, this is a nice, self-contained, macabre film. It's got a strong voice and atmosphere. Read more
Published 14 months ago by adhoclobster
4.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews: Wake Wood
Patrick and Louise move to the small village of Wake Wood after losing their daughter in a horrific accident. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Carl Manes
4.0 out of 5 stars Friar's Picks
How far would you go for someone you love. This movie has a pretty good plot line which blends suspense and the supernatural to create at times an edge of your seat thriller. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Friar's know Best
2.0 out of 5 stars Snooze Wood
I came into this movie expecting something other than what was delivered and I suspect that this may have impacted my overall enjoyment of the movie. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Darrell P. Moring
3.0 out of 5 stars strange movie
I love weird movies. This is definitely one for the books. I won't give spoilers because everyone that has an interest should satisfy it regardless of what anyone writes. Read more
Published 23 months ago by moviemaven
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