Wake Wood

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Wake Wood

David Keating (2010)

18 Certificate


Our Score
The bleak realities of grief infuse co-writer/director David Keating's grim but oddly moving modern chiller, which is filled with all the classic horror elements you'd expect from a movie sporting the revamped Hammer brand. Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle star as a couple heartbroken over their young daughter's tragic death who relocate to a remote Irish village to start afresh. There they learn of an ancient pagan ceremony that will revive her for three days, allowing them to seek proper closure. But after being invoked in the ritual, it's clear the child has returned with evil intent. Gillen and Birthistle excel in their roles, their strong sense of character intensifying some of the gorier jolts, while Ella Connolly makes a vivid mark as their living-dead daughter. The result is a compelling twist on the Faustian pact that builds to a truly memorable, if starkly horrifying, ending.


A couple whose daughter has died move to a remote Irish village, having heard that the locals can perform a pagan rite to resurrect the dead - but only for three days. The ritual seems to be a success, but it soon becomes clear there is something terribly wrong with the revived child. Horror, with Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle and Timothy Spall.

Cast & Crew

Louise Eva Birthistle
Patrick Aidan Gillen
Arthur Timothy Spall
Alice Ella Connolly
Peggy O'Shea Ruth McCabe
Mick O'Shea Dan Gordon
Director David Keating
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: VertigoGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVDReleased on: 25 Mar 2011