Thursday, October 13, 2016

Raising The Dead is The Opposite of Closure, or Thoughts on Wake Wood

 Wake Wood (2011), features Aidan Murphy, who you know as Lord Baelish from Game of Thrones as Patrick, and Irish actor Eva Birthistle from Breakfast on Pluto (2005) as Louise.  After the literally horrific dog-mauling death of their young daughter in the first 10 minutes, Patrick and Louise move out to an isolated farming village in Northern Ireland to hopefully forget and rebuild their lives.  Louise, the new village pharmacist, notices odd symptoms like sun sensitivity and seizures amongst some of her customers, and it’s not long before the mourning couple discovers an ancient ritual that allows loved ones to return to life for three days, but only within the bounds of the village, and with (of course) a terrible price.
Hammer Film Productions has a historic legacy in British Cinema with Quatermass and the Pit (1967, released in the US as Five Million Years to Earth), Grand Moff Tarkin Peter Cushing in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Oliver Reed in Curse of The Werewolf (1961) and of course Christopher Lee in Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966).  Also responsible for releasing One Million Years BC (1966), Dracula AD 1972 (1972) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974, not with Christopher Lee, but what a great title), the company experienced a revival in 2007 with a series of new releases including Let Me In (2010, an English language remake of the far superior Let The Right One In), and The Woman in Black (2012, also a remake of a 1989 ITV production).
Watch out for Timothy Spall, Peter Pettigrew but also Winston Churchill in The King’s Speech (2010) as Arthur, a village elder.  It’s interesting to note that the magic and rituals surrounding the resurrection feels authentic, as if the writers researched actual druid or Celtic rituals and brought them to screen.  Haunting, cruel, and compact, Wakewood is a clever update of The Wicker Man (1973) with a dash of Pet Sematary (1983), and stays with you for days, always the mark of a good movie.

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