Wake Wood (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Wake Wood
The film cleverly brings together WW Jacobs's celebrated short story The Monkey's Paw with The Wicker Man, and it's both touching and scary.
The film's reasonably effective, but never heightens its impact beyond what's on the page.
Low expectations are the key to enjoying Wake Wood. You have been warned.
The enveloping creepiness of the village setting scores points, which the film proceeds to squander in careless plotting, imprecise effects and a denouement of arrant silliness.
Our horror is reduced by a sneaking awareness that the film is making up its grand guignol ground rules as it goes along.
Audience Reviews for Wake Wood
Arthur: How long has your daughter been in the ground? "The Dead Should Never Be Woken" Wake Wood is a film that feels like it should be a lot better than it actually is. I loved the idea, but once everything began to play out; it seemed to become a standard slasher. I should probably explain because saying standard slasher could give you the wrong idea about the movie. It's a Pet Semetary-esque plot with some added witchcraft and paganism elements. For the first fifty minutes or so there is no terror to be found, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Slow burn horror films can sometimes be the most effective. So I'm fine with the slow start. What I wasn't fine with was the actual horror scenes. The setup was too good to fall back and become nothing more than a little smarter Friday the 13th. Sure they tried to bring it back to what they promised right at the end, but by then I was kind of turned off to the film. Two parents lost their daughter, and moved to Wakewood to get away from their past. After being there for months, they discover a ritual the townspeople use to bring their dead loved ones back for three days. There are rules that go along with bringing a loved one back though, the leader of the ritual explains. Failure to obey the rules could bring about consequences. The plot isn't anything new really. It's basically borrowed parts that are put into a new plot. Once again, I would have been fine with that if it had been done better in the end. I didn't hate the movie and actually thought a few things were well done. I liked the ritual scene and there was nice atmosphere throughout. It's also nice to see Hammer back and at em. This was their first release after coming back. They've made a few more films, most better and at least one worse. Seeing Hammer presents on the front of a DVD cover is a welcome sight for this horror buff. The first film just wasn't great. A decent effort, but it could have been a lot better. Not a bad film to make my 666th review though.
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