Do you like Horror Movies that revolve around small towns harboring a rather LARGE secret? If that's the case then you'll love Hammer Film's Wakewood. Since Hammer's return in 2008, they've re-dedicated themselves to bringing British Horror back to the masses in slick and terrifying productions.
Arguably their biggest hits recently have been The Woman in Black (2012) and Let Me In (2010) which have proved the studio is back in a positive way. Personally I love seeing this "major player" back in the game...makes me feel proud to be British.
Anyways, cut back to 2011 and Hammer released Wakewood to the unsuspecting public. It's a modest budgeted Horror that really goes for the jugular in it's approach to life, death and re-birth.
A couple lose their only child to a horrific animal attack, a few months later they've relocated to a small Irish village known as Wakewood, to try and put it behind them.
They soon realise something isn't quite right and are soon offered a chance to see their daughter again by doing a ritual of re-birth, giving them 3 days to have her back with them and say their proper goodbyes.
Skeptical but desperate they agree to the terms of the village and have their daughter brought back......but is it really their daughter that has returned from the dead? or is something evil living in her skin....
Hope that wet your appetite, see more in my review below....
This film hasn't quite gained the epic following that other Hammer movies have received but in my opinion it deserves to be seen by anyone who deems them-self a horror fan. In fact, forget the redundant Woman In Black sequel, they should have tried to follow this movie up as it's a storyteller's goldmine!
The "creepy village" theme is something i'm quite partial to and enjoy movies that can offer something unique to this sub-genre. We've all seen the seminal Hammer classic The Wicker Man (DON'T MENTION THE REMAKE) which no doubt has inspired some aspect of Wakewood, although they substitute human sacrifices for cadavers used for "re-birth" in this one.
The strongest element in Wakewood is the parents grief which is the main driving force of the movie. This leads them to make one extremely bad decision that will inevitably lead to their downfall. Quite frankly, anyone who's lost someone will sympathize with their actions and it's not one of those movies where you spend 90 minutes screaming "why did you do that?".
Can YOU honestly say you wouldn't do the same in their shoes?
Wakewood is available EVERYWHERE, so go seek it out today.
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