Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Spook Out! Day 26 ~ Wake Wood (2009)

Amazon Says...
"The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter."

I Say...
Well, there's not much else to say after ^that, except ain't y'all never seen/read Pet Sematary???

Horror Type...
Supernatural Horror

Main Players...
Aidan Gillen as Patrick Daley (Grieving Vet)
Eva Birthistle as Louise Daley (Grieving Pharmacist)
Timothy Spall as Arthur (Tweedy Town Shaman)

I liked...
  • that this flick's got atmosphere coming out the wazoo
  • that c-sections are a recurring, and important, theme
  • Timothy Spall's lovely rich baritone, which I suppose is meant to come off as menacing at times but for me is just yum
  • the ending which, if I understand it correctly, is one of the most understatedly horrific I've seen in a long while
  • that, unlike its predecessor Pet Sematary, there are very clearly defined Rules...

The Meh...
  • ...and yet, not all of the applicable terms and conditions are presented to the grieving parents before they consent to the ritual that'll bring back their daughter (which seems irresponsible)
  • the parents consistently make some pretty stupid moves that you just wanna smack 'em repeatedly about the face and ears with a wet fish
  • there are moments when the actor playing the reanimated daughter shines but more when she just isn't credible (I know, I know, none of this is credible, but some child actors sell you on their characters 100% and maybe this one wasn't directed as well as she could've been)

Would I recommend it...?
Yeah, it's a groovy Halloween watch, if frustrating at times. It's gory now and again, though.

Miscellany...
This low-budget Irish film was produced by Hammer Film Productions!

Ratings...
My Grade: B
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=80%, Audience Score=39%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched Wake Wood on Amazon (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other host sites)
Wake Wood's Wikipedia Page (Contains Spoilers)


This concludes day 26 of

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