After the gruesome death of their daughter Alice (Ella Connolly), Patrick (Aidan Gillen) and Louise (Eva Birthistle) are given the chance to spend three days with their deceased daughter but at what costs? The 2011 rebirth of Hammer Films Wake Wood directed by David Keating is one hell of a return for the iconic production company and is a must see for every die hard horror fiend.
I really enjoyed this flick it has it all a creative and genuinely unsettling story, spot on practical effects, a beautiful original score that will make you feel like you are in the middle of a panic attack, and some truly disturbing imagery created by some exceptional editing. From start to finish I found myself completely sucked into Wake Wood and honestly the film managed to make me jump on three separate occasions both with the use of visuals and audio something I highly appreciate in a horror film I’m a big sucker for high quality special effects and a well done score.
The story itself is creepy and differs enough from other similar flicks to make it fresh and interesting. It plays out a flawless pace and does a great job at keeping you anxious and authentically hypnotized by the unfolding story. I have a feeling when the end of the year rolls around and its time for a year-end list that Wake Wood just may find itself a spot on my list after the superb viewing experience I had with it.
The special effects are awesome in this one and you get a fair amount of opportunities to see their special effects artist team shine. Wake Wood features some creative kills and some mega grisly and realistic displays of good old fashion blood and guts that will leave any gore hounds out there foaming at the mouth.
My favorite aspect though in the end has to be the eerie and fear inducing original score featured in the film. I am a major fan boy of a well-done score and in today’s day and age it seems to become increasingly rare to come across films that honestly put in 100% effort in making the soundtrack just as impressive as other areas of the film. I instantly fell in love with the music as soon as the opening credits started rolling and I was pulled in by the haunting opening track I knew right away I was in store for a real audio treat.
Wake Wood turned out to be a total package film for me and in the end I really had a great time watching it and seen myself returning to it for a second viewing in the near future. If you had any doubts when it came to this glorious return of Hammer Films then worry no more I highly recommend you go out as soon as you can and obtain a copy of Wake Wood for a remarkably strange journey that will leave you with a sinister smile across your face.
On behalf of The Liberal Dead I give Wake Wood a well deserved 9 out of 10 and urge you to give this one a shot I have a strong feeling you will not be let down.