Horror Movies For October #27

Today we feature the 2011 return of Hammer Films with its first theatrical release after a thirty year absence with David Keating‘s “Wake Wood“. It was worth the wait. After the death of their young daughter Alice, a grieving couple Patrick and Louise, played by Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle,  move to the small town of Wake Wood. A town with a very special secret, they have the ability to bring the dead back to life with an ancient pagan ritual lead by Arthur played by the great character actor Timothy Spall,. But they can only be brought for a short time before they must return. And they have to have been dead for less than a year. Problem is, Alice has been gone just a little bit longer. Shot in Ireland its location harkens back to such classics like 1973’s “The Wicker Man”. It’s creepy, suspenseful and quite terrifying.


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One Response to Horror Movies For October #27

  1. thelid53@comcast.net says:

    Peace Skip,

    Thank you.

    Once again you’ve selected a film from our speculative fiction’s horror sub-genre with which I’m unfamiliar.

    I’m partial to those stories of exposition about communities that are “hiding” something(s). (Those enclaves of smug, self-congratulatory, condescending and arrogant frauds and hypocrites keeping secrets of depraved, lurid, sordid, tawdry attitudes and behaviors and browbeating the most “fearful” and feckless among them …)

    Another facet of “Wake Wood” you highlighted that’s intriguing is its “exploration” of paganism, a way of life our culture teaches us to disparage with extreme prejudice and to denigrate to the advantage of the various hustles to which we refer as organized religions.

    Comparing “Wake Wood” favorably with “The Wicker Man” (original) awards it a worthy cachet automatically in my ledger.

    Accordingly, I’ve added “Wake Wood” to my list.



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