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Wake Wood

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2010
  • David Keating
  • 86 mins
  • 18

Summary

Horror starring Eva Birthistle and Aidan Gillen. Following the tragic death of their daughter, heartbroken parents Louise and Patrick move to the Irish countryside where they learn of an ancient ritual that will revive her.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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 the girl 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. Offering a compelling twist on the Faustian pact, this builds to a truly memorable, if starkly horrifying, ending.

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Credits

Cast

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LouiseEva Birthistle
PatrickAidan Gillen
ArthurTimothy Spall
AliceElla Connolly
Peggy O'SheaRuth McCabe
Mick O'SheaDan Gordon

Crew

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DirectorDavid Keating

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo
Released on
2011-03-25
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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