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Wake Wood (2009)

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

Director:

David Keating

Writers:

Brendan McCarthy (story), Brendan McCarthy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Gillen ... Patrick
Eva Birthistle ... Louise
Timothy Spall ... Arthur
Ella Connolly Ella Connolly ... Alice
Ruth McCabe ... Peggy O'Shea
Brian Gleeson ... Martin O'Shea (as Briain Gleeson)
Amelia Crowley Amelia Crowley ... Mary Brogan
Dan Gordon Dan Gordon ... Mick O'Shea
Tommy McArdle Tommy McArdle ... Tommy
John McArdle John McArdle ... Ben
Aoife Meagher Aoife Meagher ... Deirdre
Siobhán O'Brien Siobhán O'Brien ... Pharmacy Customer
Alice McCrea Alice McCrea ... Lady Customer
Johnny Fortune Johnny Fortune ... Mechanic
John Hand John Hand ... Arthur's Helper 1
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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? Written by Bloody-Disgusting.com

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The Dead Should Never Be Woken See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence including disturbing images, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Suma Budjenja See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

Wake Wood was the first theatrical release from genre production company Hammer Films in thirty years. See more »

Goofs

In the first hour of the movie a silver Irish reg Saab is the family car but in the last 20 minutes a black Northern Irish reg Audi is the family car. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Arthur: [to a resurrected Alice] Back to the trees and into the woods
Arthur: [about a now possessed Alice] Don't look at her
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References Pet Sematary (1989) See more »

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Fantastic Slab Of Horror From The Newly Invigorated Hammer Franchise
1 October 2011 | by delfranklin1969See all my reviews

On briefly reading the reviews here, I was a little disappointed at so many negative words for what for me is one of the best horror films I have seen in quite some time. Each to their own I suppose, that's what opinions are there for after all!

Made on a low budget and set in either the north or south of Ireland (hard to decipher which!), 'Wake Wood' is the tale of a recently bereaved couple who relocate to this remote outpost to overcome their grief. As luck would have it - the locals led by a sinister and menacing Timothy Spall just happen to have pagan powers to resurrect the dead for three days. Some people have all the luck!

This is a great wee story with all the trademarks of what made Hammer films so spellbinding in the first place. A remote location, strange locals, an abundance of gloomy weather and of course blood and guts aplenty. The tale twists and weaves, there's a number of interesting plot twists and fantastic performances all round especially from Spall who puts more proof in the pudding he is one of the most versatile British actors around. Debutant Ella Connolly playing the couple's tragic daughter is superb as well.

The script is original something difficult to muster in the horror genre nowadays. There is every chance 'Wake Wood' will end up becoming a cult classic in the same vein as 'The Wicker Man. Here's hoping it does because on first viewing it certainly deserves such an accolade.


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