Wake Wood (18)
Starring: Eva Birthistle, Aidan Gillen, Timothy Spall
Friday 25 March 2011
From the revamped Hammer studio comes an Irish paranormal thriller owing a pronounced debt to two British horror classics, both from 1973.
See if you can spot them. A married couple, Patrick (Aidan Gillen) and Louise (Eva Birthistle), numbed by the loss of their young daughter, move to the village of Wake Wood in rural Ireland. There they happen upon a weird Pagan ritual practised by the locals: a loved one, if dead for less than a year, can be brought back from the grave for three days only. In desperate longing for their lost child, the couple apply to the local community leader (Timothy Spall), who sets in train the requisite preparations – cue grave-robbing, incantations and witchcraft. Would you believe that the promised resurrection goes horribly awry? Director David Keating and co-writer Brendan McCarthy are evidently grounded in the British supernatural, and while it would be unkind to call this "Don't Look Now at The Wicker Man", you can spot their multiple influences a mile off (there's even a Julie Christie-Donald Sutherland-ish sex scene between the couple). 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 – including a steal from a horror standard even more famous than the other two.
Grace Dent on TVtv
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
tvAn expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle
artLee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist
‘Remember the attackers are a cold-blooded, crazy minority’, says Blek le Rat
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 2 Mother of newborn Baby No 59 trapped in sewer pipe told Chinese police she 'heard crying' when she raised alarm
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 This crazy skiing video will leave you feeling queasy
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
Alfred Hitchcock's unseen Holocaust documentary to be screened
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Photographer Matt Lankes' portraits of the cast of Boyhood influenced the film's storyline
Sia apologises for 'Elastic Heart' music video that sees Shia LaBeouf wrestle 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks